HB487 - Schedule II Prescriptive Authority in Jeopardy - Immediate Action Needed!
PA SCHEDULE II PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY IN JEOPARDY - IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!
Language that would grant PAs Schedule II prescriptive authority was in HB487 when it passed the House. The language was removed before it was passed by the Senate. HB487 will now go to conference committee where our only chance to have the language reinstated will occur. Conference committee hearings will begin on Tuesday. If we do not get the language put back in, Ohio PAs will probably not get Schedule II until late in 2013.
It is critical that you contact both your Senator and Representative immediately and explain why the Schedule II language is so important to PAs in Ohio.
Ask your Senator to contact the Senate members of the conference committee (Jones, Sawyer, Widener) and urge them to support reinstatement of the language in conference committee.
Thank your Representative for supporting Schedule II language in the House version of HB487 and encourage him or her to contact the House members of the conference committee (Amstutz, McClain, Sykes) and urge them to support reinstatement of the language in conference committee.
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When you call, identify yourself as a constituent of the Senator or Representative and ask to speak to him or her. If he or she is not there tell his or her Aide exactly what you would have told the Senator or Representative. It will be passed on to him or her. If nobody answers, leave a detailed message.
If you email, identify yourself as a constituent of the Senator or Representative's and try to keep it as brief as possible when making your request.
Detailed rationale for reinstatement of the language can be found below, but in brief:
APNs currently have Schedule II authority and PAs do not.
Critical care jobs that were posted for either a PA or APN will now exclude PAs limiting jobs open to PAs.
PA jobs will be lost and patient access to critical care will be reduced.
Please put the Schedule II language back in as not having it will hurt my practice.
PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME SOMEONE ELSE WILL MAKE THE CALL OR SEND AN EMAIL. AGAIN, IF WE DO NOT GET SCHEDULE II BACK IN HB487, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN UNTIL LATE 2013.
If possible, please encourage your supervising physician(s) to contact their Senator or Representative, too.
Any feedback you can give OAPA on your interaction withyour Senator and Representative will be greatly appreciated (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you very much. OAPA 800/292-4997
2012 Talking Points for HB487 with PA Schedule II Language
A Work Force issue
- APN Schedule II bill passed and signed by Governor last month
- Within a few months APN’s will be writing Schedule II RX’s
- PAs work side by side with APN’s in all aspects of medicine and surgery
- All existing job postings are posted for EITHER APN or PA
- If PAs cannot write schedule II RX’s, they will not be considered qualified for any critical care positions: ED, ICU, Hospital medicine, Pain Management, surgical specialties, etc.
- These areas of critical care are the majority of where PAs work in Ohio (second area is primary care)
- Once again PAs will no longer be able to apply for any position that requires schedule II authority.
- Joint Commission (JC) standards mandate that no verbal orders should be used unless it is an emergent or urgent issue.
- If PAs do not have schedule II authority, their only recourse is to write verbal orders for any schedule II. This is a catch 22 as they should not be writing verbal orders per JC.
- CMS mandates that a patients’ pain be controlled always. Schedule II medications are the number one medication for alleeving a patients’ pain.
- If PAs do not have schedule II authority, they will not successfully and quickly be able to order the appropriate medications to alleve the patients’ pain.
- PAs not having full schedule II authority will decrease the number of jobs available to PAs and will promote PAs to once again leave Ohio for other states with better PA practice laws.
- Presently, the supply of PAs does not meet the demand for PAs in the workforce. If PAs do not immediately obtain schedule II authority to be on parity with the APN scope of practice, the supply of PAs within Ohio will drastically shrink and patient care will suffer.