2017 Year in Review

2018-01-02 | January 2, 2018

From the STOP Act and handicap placard legislation to hosting legislators at the PA programs across the state, 2017 was a busy year for NCAPA government affairs!

On the legislative side, the Government Affairs Committee organized the second annual advocacy day at the North Carolina General Assembly, endorsed and opposed several pieces of legislation, and organized legislative visits at five of the PA programs in the state. Some highlights include:

Second annual advocacy day at the legislature a success

PAs from across the state came together to advocate for the PA profession at the legislature and to meet with DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen and Deputy Secretary Mark Benton.

NCAPA opposes removing motorcycle helmet restrictions

Joining a coalition of health care providers groups, the Government Affairs Committee voted to oppose a bill that would allow for adults over the age of 18 to ride a motorcycle without a helmet.

Understanding the STOP Act

NCAPA worked with legislators from the beginning on this bill, expressing concerns with how it was originally written, to offering solutions that would be more workable for PAs on a day-to-day basis.

Handicap placard legislation signed into law

In order to clarify an issue that came up with a DMV law that governs who may certify for handicap placards, NCAPA worked to have a bill filed that would clarify that PAs may certify for handicap placards, as they have done for several decades.

NCAPA and program directors partner to hold legislative visits at NC PA programs

Legislators from across the state visited East Carolina University, Elon University, High Point University, Wingate University (main and Hendersonville campuses), and Wake Forest University.

Additionally, on the regulatory side, NCAPA submitted several public comments to various state agencies throughout the year, including:

Medical Board moves to formally define “consultation”

As it relates to the STOP Act, NCAPA has been working closely with the North Carolina Medical Board throughout the rulemaking process.

NC DHHS submits amended Medicaid reform application to CMS

Prior to the state submitting the amended Medicaid reform application to CMS, DHHS solicited input from stakeholders across the state. NCAPA submitted a letter requesting that the Department ensures that PAs are included and reimbursed, as appropriate, throughout the Medicaid transformation process from fee-for-service to managed care.