Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physician Assistants [18 VAC 85 ‑ 50]
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6/9/23  4:46 pm
Commenter: Stephanie Bork, Virginia Commonwealth University

Barrier to patient care

Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed medical providers with individual DEA registrations. Within the State of VA, PA's are allowed to hold prescriptive authority which should allow them to independently write for prescriptions, including controlled substances. The oversight of a physician having to sign every prescription is a barrier to access and patient care. Within the current healthcare climate, there are decreasing amount of physician and non physician providers since the COVID19 pandemic and access to care has only worsened. Continued barriers and restrictions are only hurting patients. 

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