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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — As part of Governor Kathy Hochul’s new budget proposal she’s looking to loosen restrictions on physician assistants so they can practice without supervision by a physician. Medical practitioners say this will increase access to care.

There is a healthcare workforce shortage and, according to research by the University of Albany, that’s expected to get worse by 2030. Hochul’s new proposal would loosen restrictions on Physician Assistants so they can see more patients without supervision.

Taylor Indivero, a Physician Assistant at Rochester Regional Health said, “We take very seriously the care that we render and we want to ensure that the care that we are rendering is the highest quality, it’s safe for the patient, it’s cost-effective. But ultimately, the patients still need to be seen.”

Currently, one physician is able to supervise either up to 4 or up to 6 PAs, depending on where they work. If passed, this would eliminate that administrative barrier. Although this would allow PAs to work autonomously the proposed change wouldn’t broaden the scope of a PA’s job.

Selma Mujezinovic, VP of Advance Practice at RRH “This allows us to remove those bureaucratic, paperwork kind of barriers. And PAs and physicians will continue to work together in a collaborative team-based model.”

Indivero continued, “We can then continue to be able to be the touch point for a patient to be evaluated. And then if we decide that they need to be evaluated by myself, or a colleague, a physician, an NP, within the overall team of healthcare– those decisions can be made.”

This isn’t new. During the pandemic, there were executive orders that allowed PAs to practice to the fullest extent of their training– that ended last summer.

“Timely care yields better patient outcomes so if we allow PAs to create access points….Unburdened by bureaucracy they are going to be able to provide efficient, timely, cost-effective care, which is going to improve patients’ quality and outcomes,” added Mujezinovic.

Nurse Practitioners have had this autonomy since 2022.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — As part of Governor Kathy Hochul’s new budget proposal she’s looking to loosen restrictions on physician assistants so they can practice without supervision by a physician. Medical practitioners say this will increase access to care.

There is a healthcare workforce shortage and, according to research by the University of Albany, that’s expected to get worse by 2030. Hochul’s new proposal would loosen restrictions on Physician Assistants so they can see more patients without supervision.

Taylor Indivero, a Physician Assistant at Rochester Regional Health said, “We take very seriously the care that we render and we want to ensure that the care that we are rendering is the highest quality, it’s safe for the patient, it’s cost-effective. But ultimately, the patients still need to be seen.”

Currently, one physician is able to supervise either up to 4 or up to 6 PAs, depending on where they work. If passed, this would eliminate that administrative barrier. Although this would allow PAs to work autonomously the proposed change wouldn’t broaden the scope of a PA’s job.

Selma Mujezinovic, VP of Advance Practice at RRH “This allows us to remove those bureaucratic, paperwork kind of barriers. And PAs and physicians will continue to work together in a collaborative team-based model.”

Indivero continued, “We can then continue to be able to be the touch point for a patient to be evaluated. And then if we decide that they need to be evaluated by myself, or a colleague, a physician, an NP, within the overall team of healthcare– those decisions can be made.”

This isn’t new. During the pandemic, there were executive orders that allowed PAs to practice to the fullest extent of their training– that ended last summer.

“Timely care yields better patient outcomes so if we allow PAs to create access points….Unburdened by bureaucracy they are going to be able to provide efficient, timely, cost-effective care, which is going to improve patients’ quality and outcomes,” added Mujezinovic.

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