HOT TOPICS | Sports Physicals
Great News! IAPA’s number one advocacy issue has been IHSAA approval of PA signed sports physicals. IAPA worked aggressively to change this outdated and unnecessary restriction of care for student athletes. AAPA worked closely with IAPA on this initiative, and hired an attorney to facilitate communication and regulatory change with IHSAA.
Jenna Dorn, AAPA CEO, addressed House of Delegate Members from across the United States at the national AAPA conference in May, 2016, supporting IAPA’s position. Every HOD member was given a copy of the letter that AAPA wrote in support of IAPA’s position at the May, 2016 conference. To advance this important scope of practice and access to care change, IAPA worked with a coalition of Indiana key stakeholders to persuade IHSAA to amend their bylaws. On June 27, 2016, we were successful! Effective immediately, all PA’s can perform and sign sports physicals. IHSAA press release HERE.
IAPA works with the Indiana state legislature, regulatory agencies and key stakeholders to protect and represent the PA profession’s interests in Indiana. IAPA members and our lobbyist work closely with the state legislature to effectively strengthen scope of practice privileges, promote public health and advance quality medical care consistent with the organization’s mission, vision and values. The association provides its member with legislative access to contact their state legislators, and works hard to educate the Statehouse about how physician assistants practice medicine every day, and our members are valuable thought leaders to these elected officials.
IAPA is very engaged on Federal issues, and partners with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), to advance legislative and regulatory advocacy in Washington D.C. IAPA works closely with federal legislators and their staff, including the entire Indiana delegation, as well as the administration and federal regulatory agencies, to improve the federal legislative and regulatory landscape for PAs. IAPA and AAPA partner every day to remove practice barriers for physician assistants and to promote high-quality, cost-effective, team-based care.