CAPA representatives met with Vivienne Belmont on Friday 1/19/18. She is a policy analyst with the Colorado Office of Policy, Research, and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR). Her current task is to evaluate regulation and review statutes that will sunset in 2019. She is gathering information from stakeholders such as associations, regulatory bodies, members of the public, programs in other states, etc. She will make a report containing recommendations to the General Assembly.
She will make her report public in October 2018, and COPRRR will work with legislative drafting to develop a draft bill based on the recommendations in the report. The bill will be assigned to committee in January 2019. This time the bill will be first introduced in the senate.
We discussed our concerns regarding several areas that Colorado lacks in statute when looking at the AAPA’s 6 key elements, and other issues commonly presented to CAPA. These issues included supervision, PA practice ownership, PA representation on the medical board and we answered her questions about how we fit in to other areas of statute she is reviewing. Issues including; what is confidential as far as provider medical and dependency issues, multiple opioid issues, marijuana, and others, were discussed.
She requested information pertaining to other states that we are providing her with help from AAPA. We will meet with her again later this spring to review her analysis and answer any further questions.
We are grateful to have been invited to meet with her.