This bill would not result in any changes to a PA’s scope of practice but would make critical updates to state laws and regulations where PAs are authorized to practice but are not consistently listed alongside other healthcare practitioners. Examples of changes to be made by the bill include:
Authorizing PAs to be “attending physicians” for hospice patients and ensuring PAs can provide care in hospice settings;
Allowing PAs who meet certain requirements to provide specialized mental health services;
Authorizing PAs to perform routine examinations for certain certifications (e.g., school bus drivers, childcare providers); and
Ensuring PAs are represented on all panels and within programs created to improve public health in Iowa.
By adding PAs to areas of code that are consistent with PA education, training, and experience, we can help remove barriers to care for patients throughout the state – especially those in rural areas.
45% of PAs in Iowa practice in rural settings – let’s pass the PA Harmonization Bill to expand access to the high-quality healthcare PAs provide.
Go to the Iowa Legislature website to find your legislator and send an email of support today!