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
2013 CME - Mark Your Calendars!
September 27, 2013, Carterville, IL
October 4, 2013, Chicago, IL
October 24 & 25, 2013, Aurora, IL
Dr. Gertrude Novak, MXC PA Program Will Be Missed
Dr. Gertrude Novak passed away last night, however she is loved by many and will be greatly missed.
As one of the initial faculty of the original CCH/MXC Physician Assistant (PA) program, she breathed life into the first of many PA programs in Illinois. Dr. Novak gave herself to our program from 1987 to 2010, helping to bless many people with a new career.
Behind the scenes she was also an unpaid caretaker and curator of many of the anatomical specimens that helped to educate our students. She donated her time to help our PA students at many functions, to help MXC by informing potential students about our program, and creating good-will and clinical contacts as well as rotations at hospital programs and clinics across Chicagoland and beyond. Globally, she donated her time and medical expertise to medical facilities in countries from A to Z during her vacation time. In spite of all her accomplishments, Dr. Novak was able to make everyone feel welcome when they were with her as she gave us her undivided attention, concern and support.
Dr. Novak was an extraordinary woman who made our world a better place. We were so fortunate to have known such a fine and loving woman, fortunate that she was with us as long as she was. Gertrude Novak will be remembered and will continue to be loved.
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
The IAPA is planning CME in Illinois.
March 16 & 17, 2013, Saturday/Sunday, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL
May 4, 2013, Saturday, at Rosalind Franklin PA Program, North Chicago, IL
October 4, 2013, Friday, at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL
October 24 & 25, 2013, Thursday/Friday, Aurora, IL
IAPA is working on a CME for September in Carbondale, and a SME in August for Champaign.
CME IN REVIEW
The IAPA hosted 7 CME events in 2012 totaling, 47.75 hours of Category 1 lectures. IAPA was in Chicagoland 3 times, Central Illinois 1 time, and Carbondale area 2 times. Participation totaled 337 This is a value to our members.
Data collection for the 2012 National Salary Survey of NPs & PAs will close soon. Please take a moment to complete the survey. www.advanceweb.com/NPPAsalary2012
- ADVANCE for NPs & PAs
August 24, 2012
- The bill removes obsolete language in the PA Practice Act which states that physician assistants (PA) can be employed by, and practice in facilities operated by, DOC and DHS. This language was included when the Act was originally passed in 1987 to clarify that PAs working in these settings could continue to do so.
- The amendment allows physician assistants to provide services in a hospital, hospital affiliate or ambulatory surgical treatment center without a written supervision agreement.This means, there are no ratios in these practice settings.
Please consider sharing this news with other PAs in your area. The IAPA is the only professional oganization for the PA profession in Illinois. The IAPA monitors legislation and changes laws to expand PA practice privleges. Please be sure that every PA you know is a member of our Academy. It is vital to our continued growth in Illinois.