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MAPA Executive Director Mike DeGrow Retires

Friday, June 30, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Sara Surprenant
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MAPA sincerely thanks Executive Director Mike DeGrow for nearly twenty years of service that advanced the Academy and the practice environment for PAs in Michigan.  We will miss you Mike and wish you the best in your future endeavors!



From the 2017 AAPA House of Delegates:


Resolutions of Commendation & Recognition



Resolution of Commendation

Mike DeGrow

May 2017


Special Resolution of Recognition for Mike DeGrow from the Michigan Academy of PAs


Whereas, the Michigan Academy of PAs wishes to honor Mike DeGrow on the occasion of his 

retirement from his positions as executive director and chief lobbyist of the Michigan Academy 

of PAs, and 


Whereas, Mike DeGrow provided visionary leadership to the Michigan Academy of PAs for 

almost 20 years, and


Whereas, Mike DeGrow lobbied the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives in 1999 to 

gain delegated prescriptive authority for controlled substances for PAs in Michigan despite the 

opposition of all state medical societies, and


Whereas, Mike DeGrow was instrumental in the passage of more than 20 separate legislative 

acts that greatly expanded the ability of PAs to care for patients in Michigan by eliminating 

antiquated limitations on PAs practice, allowing PAs to participate in required physicals by the State and other institutions, expanded PAs ability to refer patients to appropriate providers, 

eliminating all physician co-signatures, allowing PA signature on all forms requiring physician 

signature and providing vigilance over other legislative efforts that would have a negative effect 

on PA practice, and 


Whereas, in 2007 Mike De Grow enabled PAs to receive first assist reimbursement from Blue 

Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and 


Whereas, in 2010 Mike brought together the Michigan Academy of PAs, Michigan State 

Medical Society and the Michigan Osteopathic Association to create a joint taskforce addressing 

the future of health care in Michigan and forming a consensus statement emphasizing the 

PA/Physician team as central to mutual success, and


Whereas, in 2013 Mike persuaded the Michigan State Medical Society delegates to oppose the 

AMA’s resolution regarding surgery limitations for PAs, and 


Whereas, Mike developed a PA/NP comparison chart that compared the background, academic 

education and practice ability of PAs and NPs in Michigan and was provided to legislators prior 

to MAPA’s testimony on the NP independent practice bill, and


Whereas, Mike worked tirelessly with the State of Michigan Legislature, the Michigan State 

Medical Society and the Michigan Osteopathic Association to achieve Public Act 379 which 

eliminated supervision and delegation from the Michigan statue and changed the status of PAs to prescribers instead of delegated prescribers. This eliminated much of the competitive 

disadvantage that PAs experienced vs NPs regarding perceived independence, and be it further


Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be delivered to Mike DeGrow in recognition of his 

decades of dedicated service to the PA profession and the PAs of Michigan from the members of AAPA.



David R. Walker says...
Posted Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Mike, I would just like to wish you the best in retirement. You can be proud for all your service you have given for Michigan PA's. You have made a difference for all PAs and future PAs. I have always been impressed with any interaction I have had with you over the years. I thank you again for all you have done to contribute to a profession that has had it's ups and downs over the years, but you have guided MAPA with a steady hand. Best of luck with your future endeavors. Dave Walker, P.A.-C.

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