PA Resources

Policy & Practice

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health

March 2015

JOINT ALERT: The Board Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, the Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment. In response, the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure, would like to remind licensees who prescribe and dispense prescription drug products of their obligation to discuss with patients the effects of medical conditions and medications prescribed or dispensed, and encourage licensees to read the article below.

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Scope of Practice and Prescriptive Practice Guidelines
Updated May 2014 to reflect Hydrocodone Extended Release Medications. See section 5.07 Number 12.

The Board of Registration of Physician Assistants has asked that all PAs licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts review their Scope of Practice and Prescriptive Practice Guidelines to ensure that they are compliant with regulations. Signed copies of these documents must be on file at the place of employment and are subject to audit at any time. They must be reviewed and signed by the supervising physician and the PA annually.

Attached is 263 CMR 5.00. Please review to ensure your compliance.

Head Injury & Concussion Training Requirement for Clinicians from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
The MDPH Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Activities regulations provide procedures for persons involved in the prevention, training and management regarding students who incur head injuries while involved in extracurricular sports in order to protect their health and safety. These regulations apply to public middle and high schools serving grade 6 through high school graduation and other schools subject to the official rules of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The regulations require that physicians, nurse practitioners, certified athletic trainers, physician assistants and neuropsychologists providing medical clearance for return to play shall verify that they have received Department-approved training in traumatic head injury assessment and management or have received equivalent training as part of their licensure or continuing education. MDPH has developed a Medical Clearance and Authorization Form to include an affirmation that the clinician providing clearance has taken this approved MDPH Clinical Training.

For more information about the Department of Public Health's policies about sports related concussions go to and you can contact Linda Brown.

MA Board of Registration of Physician Assistants - Emergency Regulation Update
May 8, 2014 - Update for the dispensing of hydrocodone-only extended release medications. Please go to the MA Board of Registration website for this Update.

MA Reimbursement Policies - View reimbursement briefs, the medicare policy chart, and Atena updates.

Certification of Death: A Reference Guide

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Additional PA Resources

The AAPA was founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of more than 100,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve.

PA Shadowing
Interested in shadowing a PA or allowing a pre-PA student to shadow you. PASO is a group dedicating to connecting pre-PA students and practicing PAs across the country.

NCCPA is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. Established as a not-for-profit organization in 1974, NCCPA is dedicated to assuring the public that certified physician assistants meet established standards of clinical knowledge and cognitive skills upon entry into practice and throughout their careers. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories have decided to rely on NCCPA certification as one of the criteria for licensure or regulation of physician assistants.

MA Board of Registration
Official site for the Board of Registrars for PAs in the State of Massachusetts. Visit this site to download all necessary forms to practice medicine legally within the state.

PA Licence Renewal Information
Need to renew your PA license in the state of Massachusetts? Visit The Official Website of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) for the State of MA to get details about the process as well as download necessary forms.

Need to get your DEA for the 1st time or renew your license? Visit the Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration to obtain necessary links and forms.