Issue Background

Public Health

In order to support the capacity of PA education to promote public health, federal policy needs to do three things:

  1. Support clinical training opportunities for PA students,
  2. Encourage innovative approaches to training in primary care
  3. Promote research on how best to train a workforce equipped to meet the nation's future health needs.

HR 1605, the Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act, would address each of these goals. The Act:

  • Provides improvement activity credit under MIPS towards Medicare Part B reimbursement for preceptors of PA students
  • Reauthorizes the Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant program
  • Provides grants to non-profit organizations for PA education research

PAEA supports granting practice improvement credit towards Medicare Part B reimbursement for MIPS-eligible clinicans who serve as preceptors for PA students, reauthorizing the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grant program through FY 2022, and providing grants to non-profit organizations seeking to conduct PA education research.