Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation today that repeals requirements for PAs to have a specific relationship with a physician or other provider in order to practice. The new law also recognizes PAs‘ ability to practice medicine consistent with their education, training, and experience.
Senate File 0033, sponsored by Senator Fred Baldwin, PA-C, makes historic improvements to PA practice in the state and is the result of the dedication and hard work of the Wyoming Association of PAs (WAPA).
“I sponsored this bill to increase patient access to care,” said Sen. Baldwin, PA-C. “I know firsthand that PAs provide high-quality care and are vital to meeting patient demand for health care in our state. For too long, unnecessary state law requirements have created barriers limiting PAs’ ability to meet this demand and I appreciate my legislative colleagues’ support of these important changes.”
The new law also states that PAs may collaborate with or refer to the appropriate member of a health care team as indicated by the patient’s condition; the current standard of care; and the PA’s education, experience, and competence. Collaboration is determined at the practice level, which allows for greater flexibility among treating providers.