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|
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.
Minutes (January 2015) have been posted for member viewing. Please visit the Minutes menu on the website.
The University of Hawaii Report to the 2015 Legislature on the Hawaii Physician Workforce Assessment Project has been published. Some may find this report interesting with regard to shortages and solutions.
It is interesting how infrequently Advanced Practice Providers are mentioned either with regard to the number of providers practicing in Hawaii or in their ability to help fill provider shortages.
The AAPA has assembled a Model Law Committee to review and revise language for model legislation. The conclusions will be presented to the House of Delegates at the annual AAPA conference this spring for consideration. The question under consideration is whether PAs should continue as dependent health care providers under the supervision of physicians or whether language should be changed to support a collaborative relationship with physicians, removing language requiring physicians to assume full responsibility for PAs and removing delegatory language. It will be interesting to see how the AAPA approaches this issue in the future.
Upcoming CME conference coming up on Maui soon.
Stay tuned to the HAPA website for updates.
as scheduled regarding the proposed amendment to
Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”) Chapter 16-85 pertaining to Medical Examiners.
The purpose of the proposed amendment is to allow physician assistants to prescribe schedule II medications in all practice settings under the supervision of a physician. The rules are also being amended to include osteopathic physicians pursuant to statutory revisions.
There was no opposing testimony. Fielding Mercer, PA-C, immediate past president and legislative liaison for HAPA testified in favor of passing the amendments.
Dr. Christopher Flanders, D.O., Executive Director for the Hawaii Medical Association also testified in favor of passing the amendments.
HMB convened their meeting and unanimously passed the amenndments as the first matter of business of the February 2015 meeting.
It will be sent to the Board Chair for his signature and to the AG's office for review and signature. After that is done, rules are sent to the Governor for final approval. We have been advised that we are still 2 months away from implementation after the upcoming HMB meeting.
The hearing for SB 805 took place 2/25/15 as scheduled. Fielding Mercer was available to testify, however Conference Chair, Senator Baker recommended passage of the bill without amendments and therefore testimony was not required. The Bill will cross over to the House side, Committees to be determined.
Keith Kamita from NED has been advised re: Fast Tracking and says that he will work with the NED administration to update forms and have them available online, hopefully from the day that the Governor signs the new rules change.
At this point, the only "Controlled Pain Medications" that PAs can write for areTramadol and Tylenol with Codeine products.Stay tuned to the HAPA website for updates.
This rule sets payment rates for calendar year 2015 and finalizes numerous coverage policy issues for the Medicare program.
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.
If you are not a hospital based PA, you may not have needed Federal Schedule II drug authorization. You will need to get it before requesting a change to the Hawaii State NED. Do not delay. If you do not have Federal Schedule II drug privileges, start the process today.
The Physician Assistant Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Hawaii Medical Board (HMB) submitted proposed rules changes to the board for consideration on 1/12/2012. 3 years later, we are still waiting for implementation!
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 are faced with now 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 through membership
|The 27th Annual Aloha Medical Conference takes place 10/26-10/30/2015.
For hotel reservations at the Sheraton Waikiki book herebook here. We look forward to seeing you here for 25 hours of Cat I CME on the beaches of Waikiki. For conference registration click here.
See you at the conference.
The Sheraton group rate is $245/night plus 13.9 % room tax and $20 resort fee. (Includes parking)
PO Box 30355
Collette Kuntz, PA-C
HAPA President Elect
For general information contact:
Conference Committee Chair