|The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) serves the needs of PAs and PA students who work or reside in the state of Kentucky. KAPA's website serves its members and the public by providing a forum for services and ideas designed to strengthen and promote the PA profession throughout Kentucky. KAPA will strive to publicize the contributions of PAs to patients, employers, and policy makers. As the voice and advocate of PAs in Kentucky, KAPA promotes continuing education for its members, provides PA employment information to PAs and physicians, and strengthens the role of PAs by supporting and encouraging membership in KAPA.
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- Promote the physician assistant profession and physician assistant students to maximize the benefit of their services to the public
- Facilitate uniform entry level and continued competency of physician assistants
- Encourage membership to render quality service to the health professions and to the public
- Develop, sponsor, and evaluate continuing medical or medically-related education programs for physician assistants
- Assist in the development of role definition for the physician assistant profession
- Develop, coordinate, and participate in studies having an impact, either directly or indirectly, on the physician assistant profession
- Serve as a public information center with respect to the physician assistant profession
Congratulations! SB41 was heard in the House Health and Welfare Committee today at noon and it passed unanimously. The bill was placed in consent which means that debate is over and the bill is placed with other bills that will pass the House as a group. This saves time since they can pass the group in the same time it would take to pass one bill. As our lobbyists (Bob Babbage and Jamie Bloyd) explained to me, 99% of the bills that have been placed in consent pass. The bill then goes to the governor's desk for signature.
Thank you for your calls last night. You sent a clear message to the legislators and they acted accordingly. We accomplished a major feat today because we worked together. We have more work to do in Kentucky but we have a winning formula. We have shown that Kentucky's PAs, our lobbyists, and the KAPA board are willing to take risks to make needed changes! We need you to continue this string of successes. If you are not a KAPA member, please join. If you are a member, please spread the word to others about what KAPA is doing. Also, ask you supervising physician to join KAPA as well and make sure they think of KAPA as they sign only 10% of your charts!
You should all feel great about this bill since it is a jobs issue.
- Senate L&O Committee Testimony - Passed unanimously
- Senate Floor Vote - Passed 36-2
- House Health and Welfare Committee Testimony - Passed unanimously (In Consent)
- House of Representatives Floor Vote - Vote pending
- Governor's Signature
Starting this summer KAPA will review our legislation and vote on the next jobs issue for next year. We will continue to work hard, one bill at a time, to make it easy for all PAs to work in Kentucky so we can provide access to healthcare for all Kentuckians!
We will let you know if any changes occur but it looks like SB41 will become law in July 2014.
Virginia Valentin, PA-C