Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants 

WE DID IT!  The PA Modernization Act Passes the Maryland General Assembly, 2024. 

From the AAPA President: “So much has changed in medicine over the last 25 years. The Maryland PA Modernization Act recognizes those changes and ensures that practice laws better align with how healthcare is delivered in 2024,” Ogunfiditimi said. “I applaud the tireless efforts of Maryland PA leaders and state legislators for passing this bill.”

Great Article about passage of the law in Ocean City Today Dispatch.  Read it here.

The PA Modernization Bill: A Timeline

President’s Message - 2024 – A New Era for Maryland PAs 

I am thrilled to witness and announce the successful passing of SB 0167/HB in the Maryland General Assembly effectively modernizing PA practice. We proudly anticipate the signing of the bill into law by Governor Moore in early May, 2024.  It has been MdAPA’s legislative priority for the last several years to synchronize existing legal frameworks to reflect current practice more accurately.  We all know we are part of the solution to the critical healthcare workforce shortage in our state, and now we have moved closer to the legal standing to provide more access to care without unnecessary administrative burdens imposed by antiquated practice laws. 

This is just a starting point.  We encourage everyone to take a more active role by getting involved in any local, regional, or state healthcare organization you can.  This will serve to promote the visibility and value PAs bring to conversations on improving the health and wellness of our patients.  If you see the opportunity, take a seat at the table, join a committee, and say “yes” to being involved. Actively engaging in all aspects of healthcare amplifies the voice of the PA community to take part in crucial decision-making. 

MdAPA works for you year-round and will continue to advocate for your current and future professional needs.  Maintaining your membership and encouraging others to become members is the bare minimum investment you should be making in your professional future.  Being a part of MdAPA, your professional team organization, is just as vital as being part of your clinical team. 

Join me in this journey to elevate the PA profession in Maryland!  I also want to recognize the successful passage of the PA Modernization Act into law was under the direction of Jennifer Grover, DHSc, MMS, PA-C, MdAPA's Legislative Director, and thank her for her tireless dedication and leadership. 

Elizabeth Donovan, MS, PA-C

Read the note from our President, Elizabeth Donovan, MS, PA-C, about the historic passage of our bill into law this session.

Legislative Director Message

The MdAPA legislative team had a big year.  Our current lobbyist Robyn Elliot, has been masterful at getting us to the finish line of a major legislative advancement for PAs in the Maryland General Assembly.  It has taken many years and hard work, which underscores the dedication of the MdAPA legislative committee, board of directors, active members, community stakeholders, and other volunteers showing up or participating to demonstrate their support.  As we share in gratitude for this movement, it is important to recognize the progress and growth attained over the time-span of the organization.  We would like to thank everyone for dedicating their time, which is one of the most valuable resources needed to see this endeavor succeed! 

Resources and Articles

Here's the Top State Issue Keeping Doctors Up at Night, Newswire, AMA, 2024

Some great news to pass along- AAPA staff published an article in the Journal of Medical Regulation in 2023 “Medical Malpractice Payment Reports of Physician Assistants/Associates Related to State Practice Laws and Regulation". This is different from the opinion piece previously sent around.  Article here.

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