Sonney Physicians Assistant Bills Move to Senate Following Overwhelming House Passage
3/27/2012
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by state Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) which would remove unnecessary barriers which complicate the full and efficient use of physician assistants (PAs) is now in the hands of the state Senate following near unanimous passage today by the state House.

“The number of full-time physicians in Pennsylvania has fallen each year since 1998, and most new physicians are choosing not to practice in Pennsylvania,” Sonney said. “For those reasons, we need to increase access to care while ensuring quality health care.”

House Bill 1832 amends the Medical Practice Act of 1985 by authorizing physician assistants to order athletic trainer referrals, as well as sign and approve physicals for daycare, foster care, and municipal and state police officers. House Bill 1833 makes the same changes to the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act of 1978, allowing more referrals from physician assistants.

“Today’s physician assistant is prepared, both academically and clinically, to provide health care services under the direction and supervision of a practicing physician,” added Sonney. “Expanding the opportunities for PAs while operating under contractual agreement within a private practice would allow doctors to focus their skills and knowledge in a more effective way.”

If you have questions on this or any other legislative matter, please contact Sonney at his Corry office at (814) 664-9126, his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080, or through his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSonney.

State Representative Curt Sonney
4th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Scott Little
slittle@pahousegop.com
717.260.6137
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