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The importance of SDPA grassroots advocacy

Former SDPA Legislative Committee Chair and current SDPA Board Member, Hannah Rodriguez, MPAS, PA-C, visits to talk about how important grassroots advoacacy is to the Derm PA profession.

“For example, that may be that some legislation is going to passed in a particular state that would keep PAs from doing something that they are currently doing or, moving forward, might prohibit them from practicing to their full scope.”

Speaking of grassroots advocacy…

The SDPA and need your voice. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2020, and the proposed rule contains important changes to Medicare (pages 65-66) that would substantially benefit PAs and the patients they serve. There is language included that would modify Medicare’s existing physician supervision requirement to defer to state law regarding how PAs practice with physicians and other members of the healthcare team.

It couldn’t be easier to lend your voice.

  1. Click this link to download a sample letter.
  2. Personalize the letter as appropriate.
  3. Submit your letter directly to CMS no later than this Friday, September 27, 2019.

Two options to submit your comments:

Electronically: You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to  Select the blue ‘‘Comment Now’’ box at the top right of the page.

By regular mail: You may mail written comments, postmarked by Sept 27, to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–1715–P, P.O. Box 8016, Baltimore, MD 21244–8016

If you have any questions about the 2020 proposed Fee Schedule or submitting a comment letter, Michael Powe, AAPA’s VP of Reimbursement & Professional Advocacy, is available to help.  Please contact Michael at

Thank you for your support of this issue, so very important to the PA profession!

Posted September 25, 2019