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Legislative Update for Credentialing and Contracting with Insurers PDF Print E-mail

Download the PDF here to read about the recent legislative updates for credentialing and Contracting with Insurers.

 
2014 Updates PDF Print E-mail

Massachusetts Ionizing Radiation Policy for PAs Dec 2013

Click here to read  Ionizing Rad Statement


MAPA Fact Sheet for on the MA Health Care Cost Containment Bill  (HCCC)

Signed Aug 6, 2012

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MAPA Legislative Update 2012

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MAPA Ionizing Radiation Update 

Read more click here Feb 2012


Sanchez Act Encouraging Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Practice of Primary Care 

Committee on Public Health Legislation Fact Sheet

General Information on Legislation
Subject: An Act Encouraging Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Practice of Primary Care Bill Number: H1520

Overarching Intent

  • Massachusetts is facing a critical shortage of primary care providers. In its 2010 workforce study, the Massachusetts Medical Society found that the labor market for family medicine and internal medicine is “critical.”
  • By more effectively and more transparently using services provided by nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), this bill eases the primary care shortage by making better use of the primary care professionals already practicing in the Commonwealth.
  • If we are going to reduce health care costs, it is imperative to increase the workforce and workforce capabilities of primary care clinicians.
  • Several studies have found that NPs and PAs provide primary care that is at least as effective and safe as that provided by physicians.
  • Allowing NPs and PAs to practice at the top of their license could attract more of these clinicians to Massachusetts.

 

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Improving the Quality of Health Care and Controlling Costs by Reforming Health Systems and Payments PDF Print E-mail

IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE AND CONTROLLING COSTS BY REFORMING HEALTH SYSTEMS AND PAYMENTS.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to improve the quality of health care and control costs by reforming health systems and payments, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and convenience.

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3rd Party Reimbursement Bill - Fact Sheet PDF Print E-mail

An Act Relative to “Physician Services” Provided by Licensed Physician Assistants

House Bill 948
Sponsored by Rep. Peter Koutoujian and Senator Fred Berry

Intent of this Bill


This bill prevents individual or group accident and health insurance policies and health service contracts from imposing a practice or supervision restriction which is inconsistent with state and law.

More specifically, H. 948 would prevent individual or group accident and health insurance policies and health service contracts from refusing to reimburse a physician or hospital at the full rate for necessary medical or surgical services provided by a physician assistant practicing under the supervision of a physician, if the policy or contract would have paid for the same services when provided by a physician (such as physical exams, ordering and interpreting tests, treating patients, and assisting in surgery) alone.

 

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An Act Relative to Physician Services Provided by Licensed Physician Assistants PDF Print E-mail

Intent of this Bill

This bill prevents individual or group accident and health insurance policies and health service contracts from imposing a practice or supervision restriction which is  inconsistent with state and federal law.

 

 

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Testimony on Ionizing Radiation 4/6/11 PDF Print E-mail

Testimony in Support of H1542/S1067
An Act Relative to Ionizing Radiation
Public Hearing of the Joint Committee on Public Health
April 12, 2011

Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants
Heather Trafton, MS, PA-C, Legislative Chair

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. My name is Heather Trafton, and I am here representing the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA), the professional society for the more than 1,800 PAs who are registered to practice in Massachusetts.

 

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Testimony given at bill hearing from MAPA PDF Print E-mail

Testimony presented by Heather Trafton MS, PA-C, Legislative Chair
Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants
Joint Committee on Financial Services
Testimony in Support of H995

Good afternoon, Chairman Mariano, Chairman Buoniconti, and members of the committee.  My name is Heather Trafton.  I am a physician assistant practicing at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital here in Boston, and I am the Legislative Chair and Immediate Past President for the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA).

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