|Posted:||February 5, 2021 11:52 AM|
|From:||Senator Joe Pittman|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Physician Assistants Modernization of Practice|
|In the near future, I will reintroduce legislation, SB 870 and SB 871 of last session, that would help physician assistants work and practice with increased efficiency in Pennsylvania. Physician assistants are a crucial piece of the healthcare team. Their education and training are in the medical model, which provides both physicians and patients with excellent resources for healthcare.
Pennsylvania is one of the premier states for physician assistant education with more than twenty programs currently in the state. While many physician assistants receive their education from programs in Pennsylvania, current legislation makes it less appealing for physician assistants to stay and practice within the state. With the modernization in these bills, Pennsylvania will encourage more physician assistants to stay and practice in the Commonwealth resulting in a diverse range of medical professionals across the healthcare delivery system.
My legislation will do the following:
To accomplish the intent of the legislation we will need to amend both the Medical Practice Act and the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act. Therefore, we will be introducing two corresponding pieces of legislation.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation and help to modernize and advance the practice of physician assistants. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sarah Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-783-5193.
Introduced as SB398
|Description:||The first piece of legislation will amend the Medical Practice Act to implement the modernization provisions.|
Introduced as SB397
|Description:||The second piece of legislation will amend the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act to implement the modernization provisions.|