physician assistant http://kcur.org en Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician http://kcur.org/post/missouri-creates-unique-medical-classification-assistant-physician <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri now boasts a new category of medical licensee: assistant physicians.</span></p><p>Despite strong opposition from some healthcare groups, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday signed into law a measure that would allow medical school graduates who have not completed residencies – or even obtained medical licenses — to practice medicine.</p><p>Nixon, however, issued signing statements warning of the need for additional safeguards to ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:42:03 +0000 Dan Margolies 58712 at http://kcur.org Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician Medical Groups Clash Over Missouri Bill Creating New Class of Health Provider http://kcur.org/post/medical-groups-clash-over-missouri-bill-creating-new-class-health-provider <p>Over a fifth of Missourians, especially those who live in rural areas, don't have adequate access to doctors, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>Now the state Legislature has approved a plan to address the problem by creating a new kind of health occupation.</p><p>The first such plan in the country, it has pitted health providers against one another amid concerns about its effect on the health of patients and the dilution of professional standards.</p><p><strong>Medically underserved</strong></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:01:32 +0000 Alex Smith 58308 at http://kcur.org Medical Groups Clash Over Missouri Bill Creating New Class of Health Provider Bill Expands Opportunities For Physician Assistants In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/bill-expands-opportunities-physician-assistants-missouri <p>Physicians Assistants, or PAs, may soon have more opportunities to practice in Missouri. <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/sumpdf/HB0315T.pdf">A bill headed to the Governor’s desk</a> would provide more flexibility in how and where they provide care. Wed, 15 May 2013 23:06:05 +0000 Elana Gordon 36831 at http://kcur.org Bill Expands Opportunities For Physician Assistants In Missouri