PA Advocacy News
PAs provided medical coverage at the 2018 Chicago Marathon in the medical tent, the pre-finish area, and other...read more
IAPA Members - As we come to a close for the calendar year of 2018, we would like to highlight some great accomplishments. We passed Senate Bill 2904! This newly passed legislature improves the restrictive ratio so that PAs can provide healthcare across the states of...read more
Each year in October, PAs celebrate National PA Week which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. This year, on behalf of the Illinois Academy of PAs, we are pleased to share that Governor Bruce Rauner has declared October 6-12,...read more
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 3255 on Friday, August 24, legislation that expands opportunities for Illinois PAs by allowing them to practice medicine as paramedics. This legislation was introduced by Senator Chapin Rose (R-Champaign) and...read more
Physician assistants across Illinois will have expanded job opportunities and health care access for all residents will improve with Governor Rauner signing Senate Bill 2904. The legislation significantly improves the arbitrary state law that limits the number of...read more
SIU Medicine teams with Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants to increase access to health care for rural Illinois
For immediate release June 21, 2018 Contact: Dan Shomon, IAPA, firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-339-0476 Karen Carlson, SIU, email@example.com or 217-545-3854 SPRINGFIELD – Thanks to a partnership between Southern Illinois School of Medicine and the Illinois...read more
Illinois Chapter Renews Practice Law and Removes Barriers to Care 2018 Advocacy Award Recipient Passes PA Modernization Act May 21, 2018 By Abby Boshart The Illinois Academy of PAs (IAPA) is the 2018 recipient of AAPA’s Outreach and Advocacy Award for Creating...read more
The Illinois State Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation that would help PAs across the state by modernizing practice requirements. Senate Bill 2904 would eliminate the 5-to-1, PA to physician ratio in Illinois. With the Senate's passage, it...read more
PAs from across Illinois have an opportunity THIS WEEK to help fix the arbitrary and unfair state ratio requirements. The Illinois State Medical Society House of Delegates will be meeting Friday, April 20 until Sunday, April 22 and they will be considering a proposal...read more
healthnewsillinois.com - A requirement that doctors enter into collaborative agreements with no more than five physician assistants would be eliminated under legislation recently approved by the Senate licensing committee. PAs have lost out on jobs because of the...read more
Past Illinois PA Legislative Issues
The Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) is legislatively engaged on both the state and national levels. IAPA collaborates with state partners as well as our national organization, the American Academy of Physicians (IAPA) to advance legislation protecting our patients and practice. The information to the right provides information about current legislation being tracked and on our policy agenda. Please contact IAPA at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PAs and Ionizing Radiation
History – the IAPA changed the (420 ILCS 40/) Radiation Protection Act of 1990 to include PAs in section 5, pending rules to be written. Agreed Rules have yet to be written.
Issues – Controversies have occurred by the administrators at IEMA, stating that PAs cannot facilitate procedures without a physician in the room. Their definition is from (Source: Amended at 32 Ill. Reg. 3693, effective February 29, 2008)
1) Operator Restrictions. No person shall intentionally administer radiation to a human being with a fluoroscopic radiation machine unless such person is licensed to practice a treatment of human ailments under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, the Illinois Dental Practice Act or the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987,” …
2) An accredited medical radiographer may operate a fluoroscope as directed by, and under the direct supervision of, a licensed practitioner who is physically present and participating in the procedure;”…
However, the Rules do go on to includes PAs, not to do fluoroscopies, but to give authorization: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/032/032003600000300R.html.
Illinois PA Practice Act Sunset
The current Illinois PA State Practice Act will sunset on December 31st, 2017. The IAPA is working with the AAPA to revise and modernize the current Illinois PA State Practice Act. This process will take 2 years to complete and we will need the continued support of our members and colleagues to revise the act. Please check our website frequently for updates.
NCCPA Interferes with Illinois PA Legislation!
The NCCPA has become a huge problem in Illinois and the ILLINOIS PA PRACTICE ACT IS IN DANGER OF NOT BEING PASSED! As you may or may not know, this year the Illinois PA Practice Act will sunset (or expire) on December 31st, 2017. The Illinois Academy of PAs (IAPA) has re-written the practice act in accordance with the new AAPA modernization guidelines and is currently in negotiations with several medical organizations to gain its widespread approval. About 6 weeks ago, the IAPA learned that the NCCPA had hired 2 lobbyists in Illinois to try and make board exam certification MANDATORY for all PAs in Illinois for license renewal. This has never been a rule for Illinois PAs and in fact, is not a rule for any medical profession in Illinois including physicians or advanced practice nurses. The AAPA and IAPA follow the philosophy of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) which states that maintenance of certification and licensure should remain separate processes.
IAPA Legislative Alert: PA Practice Act Modernization Passes; NCCPA Mandate Shot Down
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Assembly – without opposition – today approved a 10-year extension of the Illinois PA Practice Act. The legislation (Senate Bill 1585) was approved by a 57-0 vote and it modernizes the PA practice in Illinois. The bill now moves forward to the Senate and must go through the House and Governor’s Office next.
NCCPA RECERTIFICATION EFFORT FAILS IN ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE — PA MODERNIZATION ACT PASSES HOUSE 116-0 AND GOES TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The Illinois Academy of PAs said today’s passage of the PA Modernization Act (Senate Bill 1585) will help improve health care for all Illinoisans.
The legislation — which received final Illinois House approval Tuesday by a vote of 116-0 — will extend the Physician Assistants’ Practice Act for 10 years until January 1, 2028. The measure has key language to help PAs bill for Medicaid and to allow PAs to provide expanded medical care to patients. The bill also improves the ratio for PAs to practice and includes clearer language on PA requirements in a hospital setting.