Welcome to the Hawaii Academy of PAs
HAPA is the Hawaii State Constituent Chapter of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) which represents PAs on a national level. Our membership includes PAs, student PAs, as well as supporters of the profession.
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NATIONAL NEWS RELEVANT TO ALL PAs
Two years of study and deliberation about the recertification exam process came to a close this month when the NCCPA Board of Directors decided to make no further changes at this time. The Board agreed that the modifications announced in August represent the totality of the change resulting from its comprehensive assessment of NCCPA recertification processes and analysis of stakeholder feedback sought over the past 18 months.
Removes the sunset provision from Act 255, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, relating to the definitions of "the practice of nursing as a licensed practical nurse" and "the
HAPA MET 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.
Additional measures were being taken to add PAs as of the end of 2016.
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.”
Please join or renew your membership and support HAPA in 2016. 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 through membership.
PO Box 30355
Christina Starks, PA-C
Fielding Mercer, PA-C
Legislative & Legal Liaison,
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