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MI Executive Order - Covid-19 Response

For Immediate Release

Contact: Thadd Gormas, Executive Director

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Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants Commends Governor Whitmer
For Strengthening Healthcare Teams Through Executive Order

EO Lifts Unnecessary Steps for Physicians, PAs During COVID-19 Response


LANSING, Mich. (March 30, 2020) – The Michigan Academy of PAs (MAPA) applauds Governor Whitmer for waiving onerous practice requirements for PAs (physician assistants) during a declared public health emergency or disaster through an executive order issued by the governor on March 29.

PAs in Michigan are currently required to have a practice agreement with a physician in order to practice medicine. During disasters and emergencies, this complicates where and how PAs are authorized to practice medicine, sometimes preventing them from stepping in where and when they are needed most.

MAPA says this move will enable Michigan to maximize the state’s over 5,600 PAs licensed to practice medicine and expand patient access to experienced healthcare providers during the COVID-19 response.


“We are proud of the clinical role that PAs practice medicine in Michigan and across the country. They are on the front lines of every medical service in every region of Michigan,” said MAPA President Jodi Zych, MS, PA-C, MHA.


“Governor Whitmer’s order thoughtfully answers many important legal and regulatory questions for Michigan’s PAs, including a clear mandate that caregivers are deployed in a way that prioritizes both patient safety and our clinicians’ safety. Patient safety and clinician safety are linked, and with this pandemic, there is an even greater urgency to keep our clinicians safe to avoid the very real risk of depleting the ranks of our caregivers.”


PAs are highly qualified medical professionals who practice medicine by diagnosing illnesses, developing and managing treatment plans, prescribing medications and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. 


PAs who work in hospitals, urgent care, and primary care settings are already a significant part of the on-the-ground efforts to diagnose and treat Michigan patients who are either being evaluated for, or having the Covid-19 coronavirus.



 About the Michigan Academy of PAs

The Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) is the essential resource for the PA profession in Michigan and the primary advocate for PAs in the state.

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