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PA Scope of Practice Legislation Advances
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IAPA Legislative Victory:

PA Scope of Practice Strengthened

NEW ILLINOIS LAW HELPING PA PROFESSION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


Governor Rauner has signed the Illinois Academy of Physicians Assistants rules and regulations cleanup bill into law today. The Governor signed the bill a month before expected because there was no opposition and it was a bill agreed to by the PAs, the State Medical Society and the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses.

With the constantly changing nature of health care, PAs are often faced with questions at their place of employment – mostly hospitals, medical clinics or other community healthcare facilities– about the exact rules and regulations regarding their actions on the job. SB2900 is an initiative of the Illinois Academy of PAs (IAPA). The proposal is a technical cleanup bill that clarifies many state health rules and regulations to ensure that Illinois PA duties and responsibilities are clearly defined and that the rules and regulations are consistent with the Illinois PA Practice Act.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, chairman of the Senate Licensed Activities Committee, the panel that handles PA legislation and Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside. chairman of the House Health Care Licenses Committee.  The bill had 17 cosponsors of both parties. 

For a link to the Governor's action today go here:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.aspDocNum=2900&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=96222&SessionID=88

For a link to the actual final language of the 124-page bill, go here:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/99/PDF/099-0581.pdf

Thanks to Adam Peer of AAPA and Mindy Sanders and Jen Orozco of IAPA for their great work on this legislation.

 
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