Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants

URGENT: Critical Legislation, Direct Payment for PAs

Posted about 1 year ago by Rocco Laudadio jr.

Dear Members, 

On April 13th, critical legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would authorize direct payment to PAs billing under Medicare (HR5506; “The Physician Assistant Direct Payment Act”).

If enacted, this legislation would represent a significant step forward for PAs. Not only would it allow PAs to be on the same level playing field as other health professionals, but it would also advance the AAPA’s Optimal Team Practicepolicy and initiatives. 

For more information about the proposed legislation, please read the news item on the AAPA’s website. 

I and the other HAPA Board Members believe that we should all support this piece of CRITICAL legislation.  Please send email to Tulsy Gabbard to encourage her to support this bill. https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas


Thank you for your time and support

Rocco Laudadio Jr., DHSc., PA-C

Please Support Direct Payment for PAs

Dear Congresswoman Gabbard,

As a constituent, I am writing today to urge you to support and pass HR 5506, the Physician Assistant Direct Payment Act, bipartisan legislation that would authorize PAs to receive direct payment under Medicare.

PAs are the only health professionals that cannot receive direct payment from Medicare. As a result, PAs and the clinics they work for can face administrative burdens and unnecessary red tape that can hinder their ability to provide care to Medicare patient populations throughout the rural/underserved areas of Hawaii, and our nation. This legislation will level the playing field so PAs are allowed to compete with other health professionals on the basis of their clinical competence and skill sets without the concern of administrative burdens hindering employment opportunities, and ultimately the patients that rely on Medicare sponsored healthcare. 

While enactment of this legislation will largely not change how PAs currently practice, it will provide increased flexibility for the profession to render care to all patients. This bill will improve access to care in rural communities without impacting the scope of practice, education, or licensing requirements for PAs.

I urge you to cosponsor this important legislation, which will improve healthcare for patients and reduce red tape for PAs to provide care for Medicare patients.

Thank you!