Welcome to the Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants
HAPA is the Hawaii state chapter of the
The American Academy
of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
which represents PAs on the
Membership includes Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant students, as well as
supporters of the profession.
|HAPA News Updates|
THANKS TO ALL MEMEBERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF HAPA
HAPA APPRECIATES EACH AND EVERY MEMBER'S SUPPORT THROUGH MEMBERSHIP
ALL LICENSES ARE EXPIRING 01/31/2016
ALL HAWAII PAs NEED TO RENEW STATE NED/DEA, FEDERAL DEA AND STATE OF HAWAII LICENSES
IF YOU HAVEN'T RENEWED TIME IS SHORT.
REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE NCCPA ELECTRONICALLY VERIFY YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION STATUS WITH THE HAWAII MEDICAL BOARD
NATIONAL NEWS RELEVANT TO ALL PAs
New PANRE Model Being Explored: Latest Information and Updates
NCCPA is considering a new model for the recertification exam that maintains the generalist nature of the PA-Ccredential while also recognizing that over 73% of PAs now work in specialties outside of primary care. The new model, the perspectives and data that informed its development, and the rationale for its various attributes are explained in the NCCPA white paper, “Re-examining Recertification for the PA Profession.” Certified PAs are encouraged to read the white paper for greatest understanding of what is under consideration. Just interested in the quick overview? Read this short article.
AAPA recommends and HAPA concurs that all PAs review this information and complete the survey which will come out in February 2016. There is a narrow window of opportunity for comment as noted above. Comments will be accepted through March 2016. If you are an AAPA member you can view discussions on HUDDLE with diverse discussion regarding pros and cons of the NCCPA proposal. Please take some time to review this as it may impact your future practice options as a PA.
HAPA MEETS WITH MED-QUEST DIRECTOR AND ADMINISTRATORS TO DISCUSS ENROLLING PAs AS PROVIDERS IN THE HAWAII MEDICAID PROGRAM.
Previously, PAs have not been specifically enrolled as providers in the Hawaii State Medicaid Program and employers could not bill using the PA's NPI number. This has led to some denials for reimbursement and barriers in recognition with other insurance programs.
Dr. Peterson, PhD agreed to meet with HAPA and brought in additional DHS representatives. All present at the meeting were very receptive to the idea of enrolling PAs. They agreed to make changes to the State Plan which will allow PAs be enrolled as medical providers in the Medicaid program. This has been a long time coming and HAPA is extremely pleased with the outcome of the meeting and with new alliances developed. This will allow for improved transparency in determining the role that PAs are providing in delivering care to Hawaii Medicaid and Med-QUEST patients.
This, like the recent rules change regarding schedule II drugs, is a fairly lengthy process requiring public announcement and public hearing and then submission to various committees and to CMS for approval. This is another important step for Hawaii State government in recognizing the roles that PAs play as primary care providers in Hawaii and another example of HAPA's important role in representing the best interests of Hawaii PAs.
AAPA Revises Model State Legislation for PAs
AAPA’s Advocacy Commission recently approved an update to AAPA’s Model State Legislation for PAs (Model Law). The revisions were drafted by a diverse seven-member workgroup of PA volunteers over the course of several months. Generally, the updates modernize the language used to describe the profession and PA practice. Revisions include replacing the term “supervision” with “collaboration.”
Thanks to the advocacy efforts of AAPA and its members, PAs won a significant victory when the Medicare reauthorization legislation was signed into law by President Obama on April 16. This represents the most significant Medicare reform in decades and long sought-after improvements to PA practice. LEARN MORE »
Online Registration for the 27th Annual Aloha Medical Conference is now available.
You can also click the Conferences Tab on the Main Menu above for more informatiion. The Conference Schedule and list of topics is now available.
SB 790 (POLST) bill was held by Consumer Protection in the Senate and SB 805 (removing the sunset provision) was held by CPN in the House after passing the Senate committees and crossing over. We will have to revisit these next legislative session.
Key aspects of the fee schedule rule impacting PAs include:
A new CMS policy to allow patients who are treated exclusively by PAs to be assigned to accountable care organizations under Medicare’s shared savings program.Increased employment flexibility for PAs who deliver care in certified rural health clinics, allowing PAs to work as independent contractors as long as at least one authorized professional is a W-2 employee of the clinic.
Inclusion of PAs as covered medical professionals for performing Medicare’s newly added telemedicine services and for chronic care management service.
Please join or renew your membership and support HAPA in 2015. HAPA has been representing PAs in Hawaii for over 25 years! We have Secure Online Membership registration and payment. HAPA dues are among the lowest in the country at $50/year. We haven't raised our dues in 20 years, because we want to encourage membership. HAPA is an all volunteer organization.
Situations, like the one that Hawaii PAs faced this year re: schedule II drugs, are just one reason to support HAPA, but HAPA needs your support even when things are going well.
HAPA has represented Hawaii PAs for over 25 years and has been instrumental in working with the community, physicians, legislators and the Hawaii Medical Board in protecting PAs scope of practice and moving the profession forward with changing times. Additionally we are the State Constituent Organization working in partnership with the AAPA. The Partnership in State Advocacy has given a national voice and support of the national organization, which adds credibility to our concerns. Please support HAPA throughmembership
The next HAPA meeting will take place 6:30 PM, Thursday, October 29th at the Sheraton Waikiki. Compimentary pupus and non alcoholic beverages will be served.
This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow Hawaii PAs and Board Officers.
The General Membership meeting is open to non-members as well.
PO Box 30355
Christina Starks, PA-C
Fielding Mercer, PA-C
Legislative & Legal Liaison,
For general information contact:
Conference Committee Chair