PA SCOPE OF PRACTICE
In today’s practice environment, PAs, NPs, and physicians tend to work in group practices or hospital settings. There are currently laws in place that interfere with a practice’s ability to make decisions about care. With the elimination of supervisory requirements and PA-to-physician ratio limitations, employers can better determine how to more effectively manage care for their patients.
In today’s practice, PAs are currently limited to the scope of their supervising physician. This means that patients may not receive care due to regulations that prevent PAs from providing care that they are ready and trained to provide. As PAs are already held to the same practice standards as physicians, eliminating requirements for supervisory agreements with physicians will allow greater care for patients. Additionally, it will allow PAs greater flexibility in providing care for underserved communities, volunteer projects, and disasters.
“Optimal team practice” is generally defined as a PA’s ability to utilize knowledge, skills, and judgment to practice to the full extent of his or her education and training. Thus, it is the position of the Academy of Doctoral PAs that arbitrary barriers to practice be removed and that PAs should be allowed to implement optimal team practice.