UAPA president letter
Dear fellow PA’s
I write this as I am at home recovering from hip replacement and am grateful for the skilled medical care we have available to us in Utah. I am grateful for the many PA’s that work hard to provide excellent care.
I thank the PA’s who have served as Board members and delegates who have worked with us this past year.
I congratulate those newly elected Board members; Jonathan Baird, PA-C, faculty member of RMUoHP PA program, who will join us as our new President Elect of the UAPA. Kecia Wilkinson, PA-C of Price continues as Secretary. Region 2 Member at Large; Bradley Davis, PA-C. Region 4 Member at Large; Jacquline Murray, PA-C, of the Univeristy of Utah’s PA program in St. George campus. David Anderson, PA-C of Salt Lake as Jr. Delegate.
This past year we have continued to make progress with legislative barriers to PA practice. DOPL has now finalized the Practice Act Rules that allows us to substitute quality reviews for cosignatures. We successfully amended the Vital Statistics Act to allow PA’s to sign death certificates. We recently testified at the Medicaid Budget hearing where we asked for PA’s to be recognized as Rendering Providers under our own NPI numbers. This will allow us to quantify the benefit of PA’s in the Medicaid population.
There are many other advancements within the local, state and national levels that continue to take place and we are continually working to improve the Practice environment for PA’s in the state. We need more involvement by every PA in the state if we are to move forward with some of our goals. We hope you will join us and serve on one of our many committees to improve the practice in the state.
Kim McFarlane, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Past President UAPA