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NRHA Policy Brief | Physician Assistants: Modernize Laws to Improve Rural Access

Monday, April 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Executive Summary

Physician Assistants (“PAs”) are one of three professions providing primary care in the United States, along with physicians and advanced practice registered nurses. The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) recognizes that, despite 50 years of high-quality cost-effective practice, there remain state and federal laws and regulations that prevent PAs from practicing to the fullest extent of their education and experience. Likewise, new and emerging models of care sometimes fail to fully recognize PAs, diminishing the value they could bring to rural patients and communities that are currently suffering from a dire shortage of qualified medical care. As health care evolves into a system of vertical and horizontal integration with new focus on team-based care, PAs—working at the top of their licenses—will be indispensable providers in rural areas. Modernizing of regulations restricting practice privileges, mental health laws and payer policies that unnecessarily restrict PA practice will increase PA value to employers and enable PAs to more efficiently contribute to ending the shortage of health care professionals accessible to rural patients and communities.

 

Read the full brief online here: https://www.ruralhealthweb.org/NRHA/media/Emerge_NRHA/Advocacy/Policy%20documents/04-09-18-NRHA-Policy-Physician-Assistants-Modernize-Laws-to-Improve-Rural-Access.pdf


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