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KAPA COVID-19 Update

MARCH 26, 2020

KAPA community members,

This letter comes from a few different places. It comes from KAPA elect president self-quarantining at home in preparation for her return to hospital medicine in a matter of hours. It comes from the president working extended hours as the solo provider in her clinic, fighting for viral testing kits and doing home visits in the after-hours. It comes from the vice president donning PPE as he provides critical care medicine for his patients in the ICU. It comes from the remainder of our board, who like you, are maintaining a leadership role as a healthcare provider in this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 virus.

What a time it is to be a physician assistant. We can all agree that healthcare providers of our time have never faced a global health crisis of this magnitude. There are no official guidelines. We are adapting by the day.

We at KAPA want you to know that we are with you. We know that this pandemic has reshaped your clinics, hospitals, operating rooms, urgent care facilities and your homes. It’s changed nearly everything. What it hasn’t changed, however, is our commitment to the members of this organization who are courageously facing the effects of COVID-19 at work, home and in the community. We thank you, support you, and serve you.

Recognizing the need for more healthcare providers during this epidemic, KAPA has reached out to the Governor’s office offering the support of the PA community and resources that they may use to craft public policy going forward. Several other states have included PAs in the executive actions aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19 and we encourage Governor Beshear to do the same.

While House Bill 135, PA prescriptive authority, has passed the Kentucky General Assembly it awaits the Governor’s signature into law. Any legislation signed into law becomes effective 90 days after the end of the session, which for this year would be July 14th. This will give KBML ample time to write the administrative regulations in regards to prescriptive authority. KAPA will continue to update members as the process moves along.

Listed below are resources for you and your patients with online access. We would also like to invite you to share your experiences with us and your fellow colleagues via our Facebook page. Let this be a public forum for Kentucky’s physician assistants as we adapt our work flows, protocols, policies, resource allocation, treatment plans, and recommendations for our patients at home. Let’s come together.

With gratitude and encouragement,
Laurie Garner, President
Jenna Foushee Fox, President Elect
Andrew Rutherford, Vice President

Links to helpful websites:

Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants
446 East High Street, Suite 10, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-977-7452

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