Our mission is to empower PAs through advocacy and education; providing resources for physician assistants as well as the community in the pursuit of excellence for team-based medicine.
RIAPA works to advance the profession and promote quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness in patient-centered healthcare. Our advocacy engagement includes initiatives related to the legislative, regulatory and payer arenas.
Thank you for visiting the RIAPA Advocacy Center where you will find the most up to date information regarding important legislative isssues affecting PAs and the patients they care for.
PA Modernization Act of 2019
PA Direct Payment Act
Diabetic Shoes Legislation
The PA Modernization Act of 2019 that would update the laws relating to physician assistants to reflect current standards and terminology has been introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly.
House Bill-5572 will make several changes in the laws including moving from a supervisory to a collaborative practice model,
Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would authorize PAs to receive direct payment under Medicare.
Currently PAs are the only health care professionals authorized to bill Medicare but they do not receive payment.......LEARN MORE
Go to the APAP's Advocacy Action Center and contact your legislators today in support of this important legislation.
On Jan 28, 2019, The Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act, S. 237/HR 808, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and in the House by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY). The legislation would allow PAs to certify the need for Medicare patients to obtain diabetic/therapeutic shoes.
Go to the APAP's Advocacy Action Center and contaxt your legislators today in support of this important legislation
Throughout the session RIAPA monitors the legislature for bills that may effect PA practice or have an impact on public health policy and actively support or oppose individual bills as indicated. To view the bills and learn RIAPA's position on this year's bills see the 2019 Legislative Report
RIAPA monitors the General Assembly, all RI state agencies the US Congress and Federal agencies for legislation and regulatory changes may that effect PA practice. Click below to learn more.