Gretchen Preneta, PA-C, President
MEAPA needs your engagement. Today.
Your membership dollars are crucial. They pay for our lobbying team. They pay for legal advice. They pay for communication efforts. They pay for our administrative assistant and association management organization to keep the MEAPA engine running from year to year.
Without a strong MEAPA presence, our profession’s future is subject to decision making by entities that have little understanding of our role. Your membership dollars give Maine PAs a seat at the table when it comes to regulations that directly affect our profession and the patients for whom we care.
Our national organization, AAPA, committed itself to Optimal Team Practice (OTP) in May of 2017. OTP will align our profession to the changing healthcare marketplace and will expand access to healthcare for our patients. MEAPA has already started its OTP initiative and is pursuing the provisions of OTP that best meet our state’s needs: We intend to emphasize our commitment to team practice with physicians, seek authorization for PAs to practice without a specific physician, seek authorization of PAs for direct reimbursement by insurers and ensure that our regulating body has members who are PAs and physicians who practice with PAs.
In September, MEAPA and AAPA sent out an email alert to call attention to an issue concerning our relationship with our licensing body, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine (BOLIM). Consequently, there is a new sense of urgency to ensure that we are adequately represented in the decision-making process and are not restricted from practicing to the full extent of our licenses.
It’s time to step up our game. Thank you for doing your part.
Gretchen Preneta PA-C
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