Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) represents the PA profession in the State of Illinois.
The Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants exists to provide information, education and governmental advocacy, and to serve as the primary resource on the Physician Assistant profession
An Illinois PA, with Controlled Substances Schedule II privileges, is required to complete 5 hours of pharmacology each year. (see The Illinoic Controlled Substance Act). INFORMED, a CME company out of Florida, has sent letters with misinformation to PAs claiming all PAs with Controlled Substances privileges are required to take 5 hours of pharmacology.
Please consider paying your dues for 2014. You may log in to the IAPA website and click on the far right tab to "Renew Dues". You may update your current information or create a new login and password at the same time.
NOMINATIONS TO THE BOARD
The IAPA Nominating Committee is seeking PAs who wish to become more involved with the leadership. Please contact the office at info@IllinoisPA.org or call at 800-975-9344 and we will send you the forms. Elections open on December 3, 2013.
August 9, 2013, Governor Quinn signed the HB 2839, and it is now Public Act 98-0261. This change in the law, amends the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act and provides that "home health services" includes services prescribed by a physician assistant licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987. It is effective immediately.
CONGRATULATIONS ILLINOIS!!!! At the AAPA House of Delegates meeting, AAPA showed Illinois as being one of the top states in the nation for physician assistant laws and regulations. Illinois is registering a 5.5 out of 6 Elements of a PA friendly state. Our success is due to IAPA hiring the lobbying team to assist our efforts at the Capitol to change laws and expand PA privileges. It is important to continue our legislative efforts to remove the ratio in the private setting in order to be completely compliant with AAPA's vision.
The IAPA has HB 2839 has passed out of the Senate and on to the Governor's Desk as of May 15, 2013. You may also download a free legislative directory app on your phones called "ISAE.".
April 17, 2013 - Legislative Alert
The IAPA has HB 2839 that brings signature authority to Home Health, Home Services for PAs, has passed the Illinois House and will be heard in the Senate Licensed Activities Committee. The bill is sponosred in the Senate by Senator Haine. The Committee links are here. If these legislators are within your district, pleast contact them and ask them to support HB 2839.
March 28, 2013 - Legislative Alert
The IAPA has HB 2839 that brings signature authority to Home Health, Home Services for PAs. It has passed the House Healthcare Licensed Activities Committee and is now going to the House floor. It is the time for you to call your Illinois Representative and ask them to support HB 2839. If you do not know your Illinois Representative, click here.
IAPA has spoken to Illinois Medicaid and they have agreed to work towards enrolling PAs as Medicaid providers. This will be a process of 12-18 months. However, this has been on the IAPA agenda for quite a few years. PAs will eventually receive their own reimbursement codes and, right now, we will remain at a 100% reimbursement rate.
IAPA also opposed the Pain Managmeent bill that allwoed only physicians to administer pain medications during certain procedures. Some of these procedures would have inhibited PAs from performing their current privileges. This is another huge vicotry for the profession.
IAPA works for all the PAs in Illinois, please be sure you are a member of the only organization that represents the PA profession in Illinois.
March 7, 2013
It is with deep sadness that I relay the passing of 1996 IAPA past president, R. Scott Chavez, PA-C.
Scott had the vision and the direction to move the IAPA management to Springfield, hire a lobbyist, and seek prescriptive authority for PAs.
According to his wishes he is to be cremated – and a memorial service will be held for him at the Museum of Science and Industry in the Columbian Room from 1-3 on Saturday, March 16, Chicago, IL. (you will only need to pay for parking, not museum admittance).
Donations can be made in his name to www.canliv.org.
Feburary 1, 2013
Goals for 2013:
1. Legislative - to improve signature authority for PAs ordering Home Health, Home Services.
2. Legislative - to have the Medicaid program recognize and enroll PAs, creating their own billing codes for reimbursement.
3. CME - offer 5 CME in areas around the state.
March 15 & 16, 2013, Springfield, IL
May 4, 2013, Rosalind Franklin, North Chicago, IL (Featuring a Student Challenge Bowl)
September 27, 2013, Carterville, IL
October 4, 2013, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL
October 24 & 25, 2013, IAPA Fall CME, Rush-Copley Heart Institute, Aurora, IL
4. CME - to improve attendance at the CME by members.
5. Membership - to increase membership up over 500 Fellow Members.
6. Public Relations - to provide greater service to our members via the website.
January 6, 2013
Zac Sowa, MS, PA-C, Forsyth, IL, is the IAPA president for 2013. He invites each and every PA in Illinois to join the IAPA. The IAPA goal is to represent more than half of the 2,700 licensed PAs in Illinois.
"Our value lies in the education of our members - with legislation, with CME, and with job employment opportunties. All PAs need to know how the laws effect their practice. The IAPA successfully passed Public Act 97-1071 in August of 2012. This piece of legislation is known by our 750 members. We wish all PAs to stay informed. The IAPA provides six CME each year for our members. The IAPA provides suitable job listings for those searching for new opportunities. We are the IAPA, and we need you to join."
IAPA CME in Illinois