In This Issue
Society Updates
Membership Renewal
     We greatly appreciate your support as a 2017 OSPA member. Some of your colleagues are not current members. Please encourage your fellow PAs to show their support in the professional voice of Oregon's PAs - the OSPA! Members receive discounts on courses and the Fall CME, FAQs at your fingertips, access to professional resources and much more.
OSPA Visits the Pacific University Career Fair
     On Tuesday, May 9th, OSPA Board Member and Executive Director Alan Morasch participated in the Pacific University Career Fair at their Hillsboro Campus. Both confirmed that the meeting was well worth the time being there, and how exciting it was to be able to meet with Pacific students to discuss their upcoming entries into the PA profession.

THE OSPA's Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Schedule
     With the Oregon Legislature's focus on the impending budget crisis, the OSPA GAC has experienced several successes in Salem in 2017 . An update of bills passed, and other actions blocked will be sent shortly.

The OSPA, and the critical role that PAs play in providing quality healthcare in Oregon is greatly appreciated in the Oregon Legislature. Members who have an interest in state government, or those who may have a personal connection to a House or Senate member are encouraged to get involved in the OSPA GAC.
OSPA's Survey on the NP - PA Issue....In Case You Missed It
     In October, 2015, a survey was conducted by the OSPA on our PA's impressions and experiences on the NP - PA issue. In case you missed seeing a summary of the results, the report can be found here.
A Message from the OSPA's House of Delegates Committee Chair
    Here's a summary of the impending House of Delegates issues to be discussed in Las Vegas next week. We welcome your thoughts.
   
In just a few days, several of our OSPA leaders will be heading to the AAPA Annual Meeting and the House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting. These are exciting times for PAs in Oregon and throughout the country. Several different issues will be discussed and debated. Among them is the Full Practice Authority and Responsibility (FPAR). PAs in Oregon were polled regarding their opinion on FPAR and its potential effect on your practices, and the patients you care for. The Oregon results can be read here . For comparison, here are the results from Washington State .

"The mission of the Society is to promote quality, cost effective, and accessible health care; to support the professional and personal development of physician assistants; and to advance the PA profession as well as the PA/MD team approach to health care."

Is Full Practice Authority Going To Be A Reality For PAs?

It takes PAs such as you to drive the direction of the OSPA. Send us an email and, regardless of your schedule and abilities, we can find a place for you to volunteer in the organization.

Sincerely,
OSPA Board

Save The Date!
Upcoming Fall CME
October 12-15, 2017
at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort
      OSPA membership entitles you to a registration discount. 
We are reviewing your feedback and plan on making the upcoming CME even more rewarding.

While we have not yet applied for CME, last year's attendees were able to earn up to 26 hours of CME.

Ready to register? Online registration is open NOW! 
Fundraising & Donations
Donate to the PAC!
     You don't have to be a member to support initiatives that will have an impact on our profession!  Donations are not charitable donations or deductions, but considered tax credits. Oregon's law provides a $50 credit to some individuals and a $100 credit for some couples. There are two ways to donate, thank you for your continued support.
Volunteers Wanted
It's obvious that volunteering for anything takes time and a bit of dedication to the cause. We encourage you to explore your time commitments and let us know if you might have time for the OSPA - The PA profession's professional society in Oregon. Several opportunities - large and small exist for your talents!
A Message From the AAPA's Task Force on FPAR
The Task Force believes AAPA should adopt policy to do four things:
* Emphasize our profession's continued commitment to team-based practice.

* Support the elimination of provisions in laws and regulations that require a PA to have and/or report a supervisory, collaborating or other specific relationship with a physician in order to practice.
 
* Advocate for the establishment of autonomous state boards, with a voting membership comprised of a majority PAs, to license, regulate, and discipline PAs.

* Ensure that PAs are eligible to be reimbursed directly by public and private insurance. FPAR is a straightforward concept: PAs should be responsible for what they do each day; PAs should regulate their own profession; and services provided by PAs should be covered by public and private insurance. All of this can and should occur within the construct of team practice.
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