Do you want to advance the PA profession and promote quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness in patient-centered healthcare?

"Advocate with CAPA and let your voice be heard!"

CAPA works to advance the profession and promote quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness in patient-centered healthcare.

CAPA's Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee is keeping PAs in the game!  By collaborating with AAPA, we were able to work with the Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation to adopt several rule changes that helped improve PA practice. CAPA works to advance the profession and promote quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness in patient-centered healthcare.

Our advocacy engagement includes initiatives related to the federal, state and grassroots level. The profession’s advocacy success depends on the involvement of PAs and PA students across the country. We strive to provide the perfect tools to help you be an effective for advocate for the PA profession.

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WHAT DOES AN ADVOCATE DO?

WHAT DOES IT MEANS TO BE AN ADVOCATE?
CAPA's Advocacy Program is a statewide network of PAs who want to help patients and the profession by building relationships with members of Congress and their staff.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Insider advocacy news
Tips for building strong relationships with legislators
Exclusive tools for spreading the word on PA priority issues
Calls to action on federal legislation that affect the PA profession

WHY SHOULD A PA BE AN ADVOCATE?
- PAs have key insight to the problems facing healthcare delivery in America, especially in rural, frontier, border and urban underserved communities and populations.
- PAs are energetic, passionate and have unique and powerful stories to tell about patients and communities.
- Members of Congress look to PAs to provide them with cues, perspective and information on healthcare decisions affecting their communities.

WHO CAN JOIN?
All PAs are encouraged to join in on advocacy. If you are interested in shaping the future of the profession, then advocating is for you.

LATEST ADVOCACY NEWS

LEGISLATIVE

FEDERAL

Working closely with federal legislators and their staff, along with the administration and federal regulatory agencies, AAPA seeks to improve the federal legislative and regulatory landscape for PAs by removing barriers to the high-quality, cost-effective, team-based care they provide.

FEDERAL

FEDERAL ADVOCACY

pill bottles_shadow@3xWorking closely with federal legislators and their staff, along with the administration and federal regulatory agencies, AAPA seeks to improve the federal legislative and regulatory landscape for PAs by removing barriers to the high-quality, cost-effective, team-based care they provide.

 

•    Professional Issues
•    Education
•    Hospital Practice
•    PAs and Specialty Practice
•    Reimbursement Issues
•    State Law Issues

FEDERAL

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

magnify_shadow@3xTo advance policy priorities and remove practice barriers at the federal level.

ISSUES:
Mental Health in America: Where Are We Now?
FY17 Title VII Appropriations
Hospital Practice
Breaking the Cycle: Mental Health and the Justice System
Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Groups Policy Options
Attacking Americas Epidemic of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

FEDERAL

REGULATORY ADVOCACY

Stethescope_shadow@3xTo advance policy priorities and remove practice barriers at the federal level.
ISSUES:
PAs Authorized to Perform Hospital Admissions Duties
PAs as Authorized Providers in Community Mental Health Centers
Delay for Proposed Medicare DME Policy Change
Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

STATE

State advocacy is focused on making sure Colorado’s laws and regulations allow us to provide the highest level of care to our patients. We advocate for PA-positive laws and regulations. Learn about Colorado's state laws and what you can do to help improve PA practice.

STATE

STATE ADVOCACY

Website Graphics-CAPA-09State advocacy is focused on making sure Colorado’s laws and regulations allow us to provide the highest level of care to our patients. We advocate for PA-positive laws and regulations. Learn about Colorado's state laws and what you can do to help improve PA practice.

STATE

ISSUES

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PA Prescriptive Authority
State Laws
Regulations
Issues

STATE

PA Harmonization Act (Senate Bill 158)

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This legislation was a direct result of collaboration between the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the leaders of the Colorado Academy of PAs (CAPA).
This important legislation makes several improvements PA practice in Colorado, including:
Clarification that PAs may perform any act that has been delegated by a supervising physician – including signing forms, making certain statements, and making certain findings or declarations.
Specifying that under workers’ compensation, level I accreditation is also extended to PAs.
Removing the requirement that a supervising physician’s name must appear on prescriptions issued by a PA (except for controlled substances)
The bill adds PAs to many other parts of state laws where providers are listed. The changes in this bill will greatly improve the efficiency of the PA-physician healthcare team.
This legislation will enhance patient care by allowing both PAs and physicians to spend more time with patients instead of complying with administrative burdens

STATE

MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT EXPANSION PILOT PROGRAM (Senate Bill 17-074)

SB 74  creates the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) expansion pilot program, administered by the university of Colorado college of nursing, to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to opioid-dependent patients in Pueblo and Routt counties. The pilot program will provide grants to community- and office-based practices, behavioral health organizations, and substance abuse treatment organizations to:
  • PAs and APNs working in those settings to obtain training and support required under the federal 'Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016' (CARA) to enable them to prescribe buprenorphine and other FDA-approved medications and therapies as part of providing MAT to opioid-dependent patients; and
  • Provide behavioral therapies in conjunction with medication as part of the provision of MAT to opioid-dependent patients.
CAPA was successful in amending the bill to include a PA in the Task Force.  The goal of the pilot program is to make it statewide with private payers and Medicaid reimbursing for such services.

2017 Legislative Session Summary

This report provides an overview of the 2017 Colorado legislative session for clients of Frontline Public Affairs. It covers priority bills and other bills of interest for our clients, with an emphasis on legislative actions related to health care, public and environmental health, human services, education, public safety, and the state budget. It is provided as a service to clients of our firm and may not be shared in whole or in part without express permission from Frontline Public Affairs. The bill numbers below are clickable links to the latest bill text. If you want to find other bill information, such as bill history or fiscal note, go to www.leg.colorado.gov, click on “Find a Bill”and enter the bill number.

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