Statement of CMS President Mark Johnson, MD, MPH
For Immediate Release: March 15, 2022
Contact: Kate Alfano, Director of Communications and Marketing, Colorado Medical Society
The Colorado Medical Society thanks the House of Representatives for rejecting HB22-1095: Physician Assistant Collaboration Requirements. We see this as a clear win for patient safety and the preservation of the team-based approach to care. We also thank the physician members of the Colorado Medical Society who shared their stories of successful collaboration with physician assistants (PAs).
Since the beginning of this debate, CMS and our House of Medicine partners worked tirelessly to convey the importance of PAs in the physician-led health care team. Expanding their scope of practice to be completely independent of physicians is not in line with PA training or the needs of Colorado patients. We acknowledge that there are ways to improve collaboration so physician assistants can work to the top of their training, and we are ready to join other interested parties at the table to find these improvements.
Patient access and improving Colorado's health care workforce remains one of CMS's highest priorities. We are encouraged by so many bills addressing these issues this session and look forward to continued efforts to ensure all communities in the state receive the highest quality care.
The Colorado Medical Society champions health care issues that improve patient care, promote physician professional satisfaction and create healthier communities in Colorado. To learn more about CMS, visit www.cms.org.