Dear Physician Assistants of Maine,
This year, October 6-12, 2017 (National PA week), marked the 50-year celebration of the PA profession. Maine physician assistants have worked along side physicians to offer a solution to an ever-growing demand for primary care providers during physician shortages for decades. I ask you to take a moment to celebrate with me the many great PAs that have worked along side our physician colleagues to improve access to high quality patient-centered care.
The Maine Association of Physician Assistants (MEAPA) held our 27th Annual Winter CME Conference at Sunday River from February 8-11, 2017. Conference presentations were provided by physicians, physician assistants (PAs), and allied health professionals with topics spanning almost all areas of medicine, including geriatrics, neurology, internal medicine, gastroenterology, pediatrics, infectious disease, opiate management, emergency medicine, etc. Please save the date for our 2018 MEAPA Winter Conference from February 7-10, 2018 at the Grand Summit Hotel at the Sunday River Resort. Earn 20+ CME hours while enjoying ski breaks, family fun, and networking with colleagues.
On a legislative front, please remember that the the Maine Joint Chapter 2 Rules, went into effect January 1, 2017. The new set of rules unite PA licensure and supervisory criteria under the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure. MEAPA Board of directors has created a Joint Chapter 2 “compliance” rubric for your use. This documents has also received approval from both licensing boards and has been mailed to all Maine PAs. All practicing PA’s and Primary Supervising Physicians (PSPs) must read the rubric and the Chapter 2 Rule. Plans of supervision should now be reviewed and rewritten by PA/PSP teams to comply with the rules as they stand now. If you would like access to an electronic copy of this document, please contact us at MEAPA4ME@gmail.com.
Lastly, encourage all PAs to consider joining or renewing your MEAPA membership at mainepa.com. Or call our MEAPA administrator, Lisa Martin, at 207-620-7577 for phone payment. You can now elect for automatic recurrent payments when you register online.
Thank you for your dedication to our changing profession!
Stephanie Podolski, MPH, MSPA, PA-C
President of the Maine Association of Physician Assistants
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