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Annals of Health Law Publishes Perspective on Promising Future of PAs.....

The Physician Assistant (PA) profession is a true healthcare innovation, according to an article published in the most recent edition (volume 24, issue 1) of the Annals of Health Law, The Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago. "Access and Innovation in a Time of Rapid Change: Physician Assistant Scope of Practice," by lead author Ann Davis, MS, PA-C, vice president of constituent organization outreach and advocacy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), 



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PA Modernization Act
We Need Your Opinion

We are considering reintroducing PA Modernization Act in the upcoming session of the General Assembly and would like ypur help  by offering  suggestions, comments, and questions.

Members recently received an invitation to participate in a survey regarding the changes the Act would make to the current PA practice act (RIGL 5-54).  This survey is your opportunity to give Academy leadership feedback on the Act.  In addition you can post questions, comments and suggestion on the PA Modernization Act Discussion Forum. You can also contact us by email at mailto:legislation@riapa.org

Thank you in advance completing the survey.  We value your input on tis important issue.

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Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistant’s website.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Emma Banks and I am the current president of the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants.  We are a professional organization that serves the PAs of the state of Rhode Island.  This is an exciting year for us, as we are celebrating our 40th anniversary as an organization.  I am honored to represent all of you and want thank you for being members or welcome you to join if you haven't already. 

This year, we will continue to offer CME events, celebrate our profession during PA week in October and monitor PA legislature as it applies both to practicing PAs and the patients we serve.  Please feel free to use the many links and resources on our website and contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Emma Banks PA-C

President, RIAPA

Practice Alert
New Opioid Prescribing Law Enacted

Governor Gina Raimondo recently signed into law a bill establishing legal limits on opioid prescriptions and mandating that prescribers review the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database prior to prescribing opioid medications.  This was just one of the bills included in the Governor's legislative agenda aimed at limiting access to addictive prescription painkillers and expanding access to addiction treatment.

Here's a summary of what all prescribers need to know to be in compliance with the new law: >>> Learn More

Important Update for PAs Treating Medicare Patients

We recently learned that a local diagnostic imaging service has been denied payment for studies ordered by PAs.  The denials were reportedly due to the ordering PAs not being authorized Medicare providers.  

In order to be a Medicare authorized provider a PA must obtain an NPI number and register with Medicare via the via the Internet-basedProvider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).  Many PAs who have been enrolled as Medicare providers for many ears may not realize that they need to be enrolled via  PECOS.  To check for compliance, CMS has posted a PECOS Ordering/Referral File.  

If you are not listed in this file you need to update your information in the Internet based PECOS.

For details and links to Medicare resources see:  Medicare Reimbursement for PAs

Please post any questions or comments in the General Information Forum

We Are The RIAPA 

PAs are health care professionals who are licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. PAs have become an integral part of the medical team over the years, offering increased access to high quality health care for the patient.

We are a professional organization that serves the PA community in Rhode Island. We provide resources for professional development and advocate for public policy issues affecting both the PA profession and the patients we serve.

Please use our website as an informational tool for updates on legislation, membership, and upcoming events.

Help Prevent Overdose Deaths
Rhode Island is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs. So far this year there have been 127 deaths reported from overdoses of either prescribed or street drugs.

Please take a few minute to visit:
Search and Rescue Rhode Island: Addressing the Misuse of and Addiction to Prescription Drugs in Our Practices  - where you will find resources available to help stem the the epidemic of overdose deaths.

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