New op-ed by Wisconsin PA: Modernizing PA laws will increase rural access to healthcare
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Posted by: Melissa Graham
Paula Havisto, MS, PA-C, Wisconsin Academy of PAs Advocacy Committee Co-Chair has contributed an op-ed to the Augues newsletter ofthe National Rural Health Association.
This summer, the association published a policy brief on the utilization of Physician Assistants (PAs) to optimize meeting the health care needs of this nation’s rural communities and to increase access to care.
PA students complete at least 2000 hours of supervised clinical practice in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and psychiatry. Wisconsin has over 2,700 PAs with 19.6% working in rural areas, 26.7% specialize in primary care and 43.1% work in hospital settings.
“The (RWHC) Policy Brief acknowledges that providing adequate health care services in rural America is a complex challenge. Workforce analyses and recommendations should include every type of medical professional who can serve rural communities. Increased numbers and better distribution of PAs in rural areas can be achieved if practice barriers are removed and reimbursement and incentives payments are appropriate.”
To read the full op-ed, visit the RWHC website. The editorial begins on page 4.