NYSSPA Action Against COVID-19

What is NYSSPA doing right now:

NYSSPA has been advocating on behalf of not only its members, but all New York State PAs, our patients, and our health systems. Throughout this crisis NYSSPA has been working overtime at the state level, and with the AAPA, to allow PAs to respond. Some of NYSSPA’s activities include: 

  1. Encouraging New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, through an executive order, to suspend requirements of physician supervision for PAs to practice - Extended again now through June 20th
  2. NYSSPA has been advocating to bring the effective date of MOLST earlier given the high mortality rate associated with COVID-19 infections (current date is June 17th). Take our MOLST 2020 Virtual CME training to be prepared.
  3. Aligning with AAPA to optimize PA opportunities in Telemedicine and Virtual Medicine as well as working with AAPA to facilitate provisions in the CARES Act, which authorizes PAs to order home healthcare services for Medicare and Medicaid patients during the state of emergency - This is in effect.
  4. Engaged the Governor’s Office to temporarily release the need for a new graduate PA, who cannot take their boards due to the temporary closure of testing centers, to have a supervising physician signature on a limited application permit - This is pending.
  5. Signed COVID-19 Letter of Support to the Governor with the NYS Medical Directors Association, the professional medical organization that represents those who care for patients in nursing homes and other post-acute long-term care living facilities. 
  6. NYSSPA has fielded many calls from PAs across the state and across the country who needed clarification on how this pandemic affected them and/or what they could do to help. Many have submitted their CVs and have applied through the NYS Department of Health per our direction. This web page has also been created and is updated daily as a resource hub for all NYS PAs.
Click below to read specific updates from the NYSSPA President:
Governor Cuomo Executive Orders:

Get more PAs in front of Governor Cuomo

How you can help:

  • Sign up at NYS Dept of Health:  SEEKING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. NYS is the Epicenter of COVID-19 and Calling for PA Help! NYS Citizens Need Your Expertise NOW! Salaries will be Negotiated by Individual Hospitals. Housing & Transportation will be handled by Individual Hospitals and/or NYS and its transportation and housing partners, as needed.
  • The DOH is looking to identify PAs to help with projected surge capacity, information is available in this attachment and at health.ny.gov/assistance
  • Donate blood through the New York Blood Center. There is a significant blood shortage in NYS due to the lack of donations during this time. NYSSPA is leading an effort via Student Directors to have students donate blood and spread the word to other healthy individuals. If you donate blood, post on our social channels with hashtags: #PAsgiveblood #givebloodgiveback #NYBloodCenter
  • Share with us on social media for updates and join the conversation to spread the word. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Social distancing when possible. NYSSPA has postponed all District Meetings to comply with this recommendation. Keep up with our Community Calendar for when those events will resurface again.

If you are not a NYSSPA member, Join Us to Advocate for PA practice

PA Initiatives: 

If there are initiatives PAs are undertaking in your communities please share them with NYSSPA at info@nysspa.org

In Remembrance of our PA Colleagues:

  • Madhvi Aya, Woodhull Hospital
  • Alex Bass, Coney Island Hospital
  • Rabbi Jacob Meltzer, Queens Hatzolah
  • Kenneth Whitney, NYU Winthrop

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NYSSPA

P: 917-679-4005
E: info@nysspa.org

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