Welcome to the website of the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants (MOAPA). MOAPA serves the needs of PAs and PA students who work or reside in the state of Missouri. MOAPA's website serves its members and the public by providing a forum for services and ideas designed to strengthen and promote the PA profession throughout Missouri. MOAPA will strive to publicize the contributions of PAs to patients, employers, and policy makers. As the voice and advocate of PAs in Missouri, MOAPA promotes continuing education for its members, provides PA employment information to PAs and physicians, and strengthens the role of PAs by supporting and encouraging membership in MOAPA.
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Mark your calendars!
MOAPA's 2013 Annual Primary Care Update is July 18-21, 2013, in Branson!
Click here for event details and contact information.
Registration will be available online in mid-March.
More Good News - HB11
May 10, 2013
Again, it is with great pleasure that I am able to share good, or rather, great news. I received word yesterday that HB11 had passed both chambers of the legislature and will be sent to Gov Nixon for his signature. This bill contains language that identifies PAs as Missouri Medicaid providers. This new law will help us be able to fully serve a population who is truly in need as well as will help employers feel more confident with hiring PAs knowing that PA services are recognized as reimbursable. Keep in mind, we have always been able to be reimbursed by Medicaid but under our supervising physicians which has caused confusion and hesitation by employers to employ us due to this. So this new law should eliminate that confusion!!!
This combined with the recently passed law that will change our on sight supervision requirements makes this current legislative session one to truly be celebrated. Thanks again to everyone who has helped with this process! Please pass the word about this news to anyone who may not be in the loop of all things MOAPA. And also, if anyone in your circle is not in the loop, please encourage membership as through strength of numbers is how we will continue to move forward.
There will be more information in the coming months on what the process will be to obtain a Medicaid provider number or how the whole process will unfold. We will always pass along information as it becomes available. Again, thank you for your efforts and never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
HB315 Passes the Missouri Legislature
May 2, 2013
It is with great pleasure that I write to all of you today as I have wonderful news to report.
I was notified late Tuesday, April 30 that HB315 passed the Missouri Legislature and will be forwarded to Governor Nixon for his signature. Included in this bill are the supervisory language changes that we introduced this session. Our onsite supervision requirements will change from the current 66% onsite supervision to 4 hours for every 14 days a PA works! In addition, the distance requirement has changed from 30 miles to 50 miles at all locations.
This is a huge change for our profession and will open our job market and help us better serve the healthcare needs in Missouri. Thanks so much to Jorgen Schlemeier, our lobbyist, for his tireless efforts at the capitol; Liz Roe, from AAPA, for her guidance; and Terry Carlise, on whom I rely frequently for his vast legislative experience as well as his ability to keep me calm and grounded in my desires for our profession. Also, thanks to the entire MOAPA Board of Directors for their work at board meetings, setting the association’s goals and agenda as well as getting the word out to the people in their districts, which is of vital importance. And last but certainly not least, thanks to all of you for the calls, emails and letters to your legislators. We had so little if any real opposition with this and that comes through getting our message out to the lawmakers. All of your efforts are now showing the results of your labor!
We are still waiting to receive final word on our other legislation which will identify PAs as Missouri Medicaid providers. I am hoping to have an update for you on that next week. The bill is in the final stages and we are anticipating positive news.
Information on when these bills will take place will be forthcoming in the next few months. We will also let everyone know as soon as Governor Nixon signs these into law, but for now please take some time to celebrate this great victory and feel good that we are continuing to move our profession in the right direction!
Thank you to all those who joined MOAPA in St. Louis for our first-ever Legislative Boot Camp!
Here is video from the day:
Part 1 - Intro from Natalie Snider on Vimeo.
For additional videos, click here.