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- Created on Saturday, 24 January 2015 10:00
HAPA NEWS UPDATES!
The HAPA Meeting January 14, 2015 at the 7 Palms Restaurant was well attended and all of the Executive officers were in attendance.
Minutes (January 2015) have been posted for member viewing. Please visit the Minutes menu on the website.
Remember to renew your NED licenses by the end of the month.
We recommend that you check off the Schedule II boxes, even if you are not hospital based.
There a couple of CME conferences coming up on Maui soon.
PA social get together being planned for sometime in February.
Stay tuned on the HAPA website!
The Hawaii Medical Board advises that the Public Hearing is scheduled for 2/12/15.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) section 453-5.1 and Chapter 91, notice is hereby given that the Hawaii Medical Board (“Board”) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m., in the King Kalakaua Conference Room, First Floor, King Kalakaua Building, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, 335 Merchant Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, to hear all persons interested in 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.
All interested persons shall be afforded the opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments, orally or in writing, at the time of the hearing. All persons wishing to submit written testimony are requested to submit 16 copies of their written testimony by Tuesday, January 27, 2015, to the Professional and Vocational Licensing Division at the address printed below.
Copies may be picked up at the following address between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional and Vocational Licensing Division, 335 Merchant Street, Room 343, Honolulu, Hawaii96813. The cost of a copy, $.75, is due and payable at the time of pick up.
Further, the proposed rules may be reviewed in person free of charge at the Professional and Vocational Licensing Division at the address and hours of operation printed above. In addition, the full text of the proposed rules is available and can be downloaded free of charge from the web site of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs:
Individuals who require special needs accommodations are invited to call Ahlani Quiogue at
Niraj S. Desai, M.D., Chairperson
Hawaii Medical Board
State of Hawaii
The HMB will be able to vote to approve the proposed schedule II changes at that meeting.The Board most likely will adopt the rules and then 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.
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.
Hydrocodone Combination Products became Schedule II Drugs as of midnight 10/6/2014,
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.
CMS Releases 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Payment Rule November 5, 2014. On Oct. 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.
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.
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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! More here
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