Our bills H.3205 and S.1085, An Act enabling physician assistants to authorize psychiatric and substance abuse holds, which would allow PAs to sign for Section 12 and Section 35 Holds are scheduled for a hearing on Monday, June 19th at 1:00 in front of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use & Recovery (room B-1 at the State House).

We need PAs who would be willing to come to the hearing to speak on behalf of these bills, or to submit written testimony on their behalf. Background:  Mass General Laws, Sections 12 and 35 of Ch. 123, permit the civil commitment of persons posing a risk of serious harm by reason of mental illness […]

Legislation Update: MAPA has two pieces of legislation for the 2017-2018 season

The Massachusetts State Legislature just began the start of its new two-year session, and MAPA is prioritizing two pieces of legislation for the 2017-2018 session: Firstly, we are seeking co-sponsorship for our bill, An Act relative to physician assistants (SD962/HD597). This legislation was filed this session by Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez […]

Legislation Update: PAs gain the ability to sign death certificates

The MAPA Board is pleased to announce that the introduced as outside section 48 to the FY17 state budget allowing PAs to sign a death certificate became law when the budget signed by Governor Baker on July 8, 2016. Here is the language that has been adopted: 399 SECTION 48. The fourth paragraph of section 9 of chapter […]

Legislation Update: Massachusetts Ionizing Radiation Policy for PAs Dec 2013

IMPORTANT NOTICE PERFORMANCE OF FLUOROSCOPIC PROCEDURES BY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS The Board of Registration of Physician Assistants (Board), in collaboration with the Board of Registration in Medicine (Medicine Board) and the Radiation Control Program (RCP), has amended its regulations to allow physician assistants who are authorized by RCP to operate fluoroscopic x-ray systems to perform fluoroscopic […]

Legislation Update: MAPA Fact Sheet for on the MA Health Care Cost Containment Bill (HCCC)

MAPA Fact Sheet on Massachusetts Health Care Cost Containment Bill: Important Changes under S2400 That Could Affect Physician Assistants On August 6th, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law S2400,the Massachusetts Health Care Cost Containment Bill. This law has important implications for the Physician Assistant profession and community. The key relevant pieces of the legislation are […]

Legislation Update: Ionizing Radiation

RE: UPDATE ON IONIZING RADIATION February 1, 2012 Dear PAs of Massachusetts; For years, Radiation Control (DPH) agreed that the Board of Registration in Medicine’s (BORIM) regulations allowing physicians to delegate “any medical service he or she wishes to a professional who is skilled to perform that service,” superseded DPH’s regulations prohibiting PAs from utilizing […]

Legislation Update: Sanchez Act Encouraging Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Practice of Primary Care

Committee on Public Health Legislation Fact Sheet General Information on Legislation Subject: An Act Encouraging Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Practice of Primary Care Bill Number: H1520 Overarching Intent Massachusetts is facing a critical shortage of primary care providers. In its 2010 workforce study, the Massachusetts Medical Society found that the labor market for family […]

Legislation Update: MAPA 2012

MAPA was busy in 2011 advocating for the many legislative and regulatory issues that impact physician assistants and the services we provide to patients. From return to play regulations to legislation dealing with reimbursement issues, MAPA was present to educate decision makers and to ensure our voice was heard. The issue of healthcare reform is […]