01092021CM0249SPRINGFIELD – For nearly a year, physician assistants (PAs) have stepped up to provide hands-on care for COVID-19 patients, which is why State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is renewing a push to remove the unnecessary and outdated practice barriers they face in providing care services.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, many PAs reached outside their normal duties to care for an unprecedented influx of patients and make up for staff shortages,” Murphy said. “Some states waived obstructive practice requirements to enable PAs to step up and help, with great success. We need to make those changes here in Illinois, permanently.”

Murphy’s proposed legislation would simplify partnerships between physicians and PAs by removing burdensome red tape, like written agreements and practice notifications. These bureaucratic barriers restrict health care access for patients, according to a 2018 study by the Brookings Institution, and eliminating them could significantly improve productivity in the health care industry.

The measure would also give PAs representation by establishing a PA regulatory board. Physicians and PAs would be able to work together to decide what care services the PA can provide to patients, based on his or her education, training and experience.

“When our hospitals were facing dangerous overcrowding, PAs proved themselves to be professional, skilled and highly educated,” said Murphy. “It’s time we let them do their jobs.”

Senate Bill 145 has been assigned to the Senate Licensed Activities Committee.

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