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Milestones in the Academy's History



  • The Department of Health/Board of Osteopathic Medicine have proposed rules to substantially reword Rule 64B15-14.005.   The new rule is intended to implement the legislative mandate set forth in the newly enacted Section 456.44, F.S., with regard to the standards for the prescribing of controlled substances for the treatment of acute pain by physicians and PAs. Comments are due by 11/29/18 and may be submitted using the first hypertext link provided above.
  •  Update(s): The Agency for Health Care Administration amended Rule 59A-3.272, its regulation relevant to health facility and agency licensing to clarify language, change a phrase to align with statute, and expand protection to additional licensed professionals considered for the governing board.  PAs were specifically added to the list of additional licensed professionals.  The new rule becomes effective  on 11/21/18. 


  • Passed legislation to create a Physician Assistant workforce survey. This provides us with important data to backup our experience as PAs and support future legislative efforts .
    • The bill utilized misappropriated PA license renewal funds to cover the cost of the survey at no additional cost to Florida PAs.
  • Successfully continued to cease foreign medical school efforts to create alternate paths to PA licensure for graduates of non-accredited programs.
  • Governor Rick Scott issued a Proclamation recognizing PA Week in Florida!




  • Passed legislation granting PAs controlled substance prescribing privileges!
  • Passed legislation which defined scope at the practice level.
  • Garnered media attention in dozens of top ranked publications including Forbes, Florida Trend, Tampa Bay Times for passage of the controlled substance prescribing bill.
  • Thwarted initial efforts by foreign medical schools to create alternate paths to licensure for graduates of non-accredited programs.
  • Amended Florida Administrative Code (rules) to delete prohibitions such as 'final diagnosis' from PA scope of practice.


  • Made historic progress in the fight to obtain controlled substance prescribing rights by helping the bill pass most of its committees and be included in a special session where few substantive bills were considered.
  • Contributed nearly $65,000 to statewide candidates; the FAPA PAC was referred to as a 'force' in an article covering physician assistant legislative progress.
  • Warded off efforts by anesthesiologist assistants to move their licensure act into the PA licensure act.
  • Nominated Ricardo Morales, FAPA past-president, for the state probable cause panel.
  • Garnered inclusion in the following legislative proposals in which physician assistants were initially not included:
    • Telemedicine (telehealth) bills
    • Baker Act (involuntary examination) bills
    • Concussion legislation
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  • Filed bills to achieve 2 of the 6 AAPA 'key elements of modern PA practice' including removing barriers to:the distance that a PA must be from his/her supervising physician(s) and the number of physician assistants that a doctor may supervise.
  • Took part in the creation of Florida's first administrative rules pertaining to telemedicine (now known as telehealth).
  • Secured inclusion in bills related to telemedicine.


  • Passed a bill which permitted physician assistants to order controlled substances in a hospital setting.
  • Successfully amended legislation that would have permitted only surgical assistants (not PAs) to assist with surgery.


  • FAPA passes state legislation eliminating statutory requirement for PAs to have a second license for prescribing. This bill also eliminated the PA requirement for a 3 hour prescribing course.
  • FAPA invited as only non-physician representative to participate in first ever FMA Scope of Practice Task Force. This task force was put in place by the FMA to review all scope of practice issues relating to non-physician providers.
  • Academy unveils FREE FAPA Prescription Drug Card that can be distributed to patients, allowing for prescription savings at over 56,000 pharmacies.
  • FAPA partners with Fifth Third Bank, offering members multiple banking benefits.
  • FAPA Creates Membership Category for Pre-PAs.
  • During Summer Symposium, FAPA creates its first ever Pre-PA track, which is attended by approximately 50 Pre-PA students and is deemed a great success.
  • FAPA and FAFP join together to co-promote PA job opportunities in primary care on their respective websites, and to streamline more family practice preceptorship opportunities for PA students.
  • NSU-Jacksonville PA Program wins Annual AAPA Student Challenge Bowl during 2012 AAPA Conference in Toronto. This marks first time ever that a team from Florida wins this competitive national event.
  • FAPA Social Media Success is highlighted in January edition of AAPA's PAProfessional Magazine as a model for other constituent organizations.
  • FAPA PAC rebrands and revitalizes its web page, becoming more active than ever during 2012 election year, contributing to contested state House and Senate races throughout Florida.
  • FAPA Foundation partners with Kohls during the Spring of 2012 for a statewide bike safety awareness campaign that receives media coverage and is a major success.
  • Organized Medicine Leaders from FMA, FOMA and FAFP attend both Winter and Summer FAPA Conferences and Board Meetings for third year in a row.


  • FAPA Leaders invited to FMA Presidential Inauguration for first time.
  • Organized Medicine Leaders from FMA, FOMA and FAFP attend both Winter and Summer FAPA Conferences and Board Meetings for second year in a row.
  • FAPA legal counsel and lobbyists assist with amending legislation passed in 2010, which prohibited PAs from performing physical exams on certain patients in Pain Management, removing that provision and once again allowing PAs to examine patients in Pain M
  • FAPA BOD votes to limit job board access to Members Only for first time ever, but later in year allows for Temporary Job Board access to nonmembers for nominal fee.
  • FAPA Membership reaches all time high, topping 3000 members
  • FAPA and AAPA join forces, initiating communication with St. Augustine University OPA (Orthopedic Physician's Assistant) Program in an effort to eliminate confusion about the two professions and prevent improper advertising of the OPA profession.
  • FAPA releases Prescriptive Practices Power Point Presentation, a project 3 years in the making; Replaces previously outdated Prescriptive Practices Video.
  • FAPA submits Bill to Florida Legislature seeking to add a PA to the Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine.They secure FMA statement of support prior to the proposal of the Bill.
  • FAPA officially launches 'Legislative Days' in Tallahassee, bringing large group of PAs and FAPA LGA Leaders to the State Capitol to lobby issues important to the profession.Events are held both prior to the 2011 Session (March) and later in the year (Nov
  • Florida legislature continues its war against prescription drug abuse and overuse, passing HB 7095 into law, which has sweeping measures including limiting dispensing of controlled substances, listing more stringent requirements for pain management practi
  • Controversial law, under opposition from FAPA and organized medicine, is passed forbidding providers to question their patients about gun ownership. The law is later blocked by a Federal Judge, deemed a violation of the Constitution's Free Speech provisi
  • FAPA forms Military Affairs AdHoc Committee, unveiled at Summer Conference in Miami; names Lt. Ray Rahkar PA-C as its first Chair.
  • New PA Program forms in U.S. Virgin Islands at St. Croix, a branch of Barry University. FAPA passes motion to open Fellow/Associate membership options to PAs on the islands. This new program becomes 11th PA Program with FAPA Leadership Representation in


  • Controversial Pain Clinic Reform Bill (SB 2272) passes into law, in response to the pill mill problems and prescription drug diversion crisis in Florida. An indirect consequence of the law decreases patient access to PA care in a Pain Management setting
  • Legislation introduced by FAPA passes the 2010 legislature, with physician support, eliminating the 3-month requirement for PAs to have practice experience (when first getting licensed or when changing specialties) prior to being able to prescribe medicat
  • For first time ever, physician leaders come together from the FMA, FOMA and FAFP to attend the FAPA Conferences, where they address the FAPA Board at the 2010 Winter Conference and again at the 2010 Summer Symposium. They also participate in the 2010 FAPA
  • FAPA and the FAFP co-promote each others' organizations on the front pages of their websites in an effort to improve family practice Physician/PA team awareness as well as to improve awareness of the Medical Home Model of healthcare delivery.
  • FAPA obtains documented opinions from the Board of Medicine and Senior Attorney General of Florida reaffirming PA ability to order controlled substances in a hospital setting if delegated, following a challenge by a prominent Florida hospital group.
  • Led by Past President Mike Funk, FAPA heads up massive efforts to assist with the international relief efforts following the January 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. The efforts and harrowing stories of several humanitarian PAs are captured on a sp
  • FAPA's submits a record 3 resolutions at the 2010 AAPA House of Delegates, all of which ultimately pass the House.
  • Past President Marc McCollaum wins SAAAPA Outstanding Student Faculty Advisor of the Year Award for 2nd year in a row.
  • Nova Southeastern University (SW Florida) wins Outstanding SAAAPA Student Society of the Year Award for 2nd year in a row.
  • FAPA Wins 2010 AAPA Constituent Organization of the Year Award (Large Chapter)


  • The FMA creates a position for and names a FAPA Representative to its Council on Legislation, the first time in history such a distinction has been granted by the FMA.
  • FAPA President Marc McCollaum won the 2009 SAAPA President's Award.
  • FAPA placed 2nd in the AAPA Constituent Organization of the Year Award for Extra Large Chapters.
  • At the 2009 AAPA National Conference, the FAPA Student Academy Chapter won the 2009 SAAPA Constituent Organization of the Year Award.
  • FAPA's Reimbursement Committee worked closely with Blue Cross/ Blue Shield on Reimbursement Issues, formally meeting for the first time ever with committee members and sending a representative to present at the 2009 FAPA Summer Symposium.
  • Worked side by side with physician organizations to lobby for the passing of a law requiring a central monitoring system for controlled substance prescription acquisition to be implemented by the state of Florida.
  • The legislation passed in 2008 to eliminate parenteral and antipsychotic medications from the list of medications that PAs cannot prescribed was finally put into place on August 2, 2009 after the necessary rule change process was completed.
  • FAPA instrumental in getting legislation passed that deleted the mandatory co-signature of medical records of PAs. Physicians now determine what is best for their practice in regards to co-signature of medical records. This became effective on July 1, 20
  • Florida Academy of Family Practitioners (FAFP) President attended FAPA Winter Symposium for first time ever, and met with Board members and Academy leaders.
  • Three weeks prior to FAPA Winter Symposium, first ever 'FAPA Legislative Days Workshop' held in Tallahassee, with a large delegation sent to meet with their legislators prior to the start of the 2009 legislative session.


  • FAPA continues to form strong alliances with the major medical groups in the state by focusing on the Physician/PA team concept.
  • FAPA wins the Chapter Excellence Award at the AAPA National Conference for the fifth time in our history.
  • Florida's Attorney General again issued a legal opinion, this time recognized by the Department of Children and Families, that allows PAs the authority to complete the Baker Act admission forms.
  • FAPA lobbied for and successful legislation was passed to eliminate parenteral and antipsychotic medications from the list of medications that PAs cannot prescribe.


  • FAPA Receives the AAPA Constituent Organization Award of Excellence for the extra large chapter category. This is the fourth time FAPA has won this award in its history.
  • For first time in FAPA history, Summer Conference to be attended by Presidents of both the FMA and FOMA.
  • Dispensing Bill signed into law by Governor, effective July 1, allowing PAs to dispense medications for a fee. This law is only pertinent for PAs who work for dispensing physicians, and acting PA prescriptive formulary rules still apply.
  • Paramedic Exam Bill signed into law by Governor, effective July 1, allowing PAs who have EMT certification to challenge the Paramedic Exam to enable ambulance and air ambulance work in EMS settings.
  • Informed Consent Bill signed into law by Governor, effective July 1, allowing PAs to sign Informed Consent paperwork.
  • FAPA has historic legislative session, getting three bills passed uncontested in legislation that improve patient access by way of the PA Profession.


  • Assisted Living Bill signed into law by the Governor, June 13, 2006! It goes into effect July 1, 2006. This bill allows PAs to perform physicals associated with Assisted Living Facilities.
  • FAPA Foundation awards five scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to second year FAPA student members.
  • Ron Pace, PA-C is selected as the first PA from Florida to receive an AAPA Paragon Award as the 2006 National Outstanding PA of the Year.
  • FAPA Foundation receives plaque from the PA Foundation for their contributions in helping raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort by donating $10,000 to the PA Foundation.
  • Mary Ettari, MPH, PA-C, serves as President of the AAPA 2006-2007.


  • Florida Academy donates $10,000 to the FAPA Foundation to donate to the PA Foundation in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in a matching grant program.
  • FAPA Foundation establishes the Society of Friends to help build the financial security of the Foundation for the future.
  • FAPA contracts with Kautter Management to manage the FAPA website and makes major improvements to the website.
  • Defeated legislation which would have placed major limits on PAs in an 'out of office setting'.
  • PAs included the Women's Safety Act which allows them to be one of the providers on the premises in abortion clinics to provide follow up care.
  • Amendment passed that allows PAs to do skilled care orders for patients in Home health agencies.
  • Bill passed to allow PAs to sign for all Disabled Parking Permits.
  • Bill passed to allow PAs to do 'G' physicals for fire fighters and law enforcement personnel, and private security guards.


  • FAPA celebrates its 30th Anniversary at Summer Symposium at Marco Island.
  • FAPA wins 2nd place in AAPA Chapter Excellence Award in Extra Large Chapter Category.
  • FAPA succeeds in defeating legislation to restrict PAs in dermatology and specialty practice.
  • Bill passes requiring pharmacists to place PAs name on prescirption label as the prescribing practitioner.


  • FAPA President invited by Board of Medicine to make presentation at BOM Meeting.
  • As part of the Practice Rights Immediate Defense Effort (P.R.I.D.E.) campaign, FAPA produced a PA Profession Informational movie quality DVD.
  • The Deputy U. S. Surgeon General, Ken Moritsugu, M.D., was the keynote speaker at the Annual Membership Luncheon at the summer conference.
  • Law passed that allows PAs to perform FDLE examinations and sign the examination form.
  • FAPA received the AAPA Constituent Organization Award of Excellence for the extra large chapter award category. This was the third award and the second year in a row FAPA was so honored.


  • Received the First Place award in the Constituent Organization Excellence Award competition by the AAPA for the extra large sized category of constituent organizations.
  • Legislation passed that allows PA's to perform Florida Department of Law Enforcement physical examinations.
  • Legislation passed that allows PA's working in Veteran's facilities to sign disabled parking permits.


  • Physician Assistants granted affiliate membership status in the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.
  • Legislature enacts bill allowing PAs to perform FHSAA athletic physical examinations and it was signed by Governor Bush in May.
  • Legislature enacts bill changing the PA formulary to an exclusionary formulary. Signed into law on May 31, 2001 by Governor Bush.
  • FMG lawsuit to stop the state required test for licensure rejected by courts. This was fought by the Department of Health in our behalf and that of the state.
  • In May, the Board of Directors approved the FAPA Leadership/Mentor Development Program Pilot Study as submitted by Tony Mennella, PA-C, Chair, Elections and Nominations Committee.


  • Miami Dade College PA Program Charter Class graduates.
  • FAPA contracted with Web Fitness Consultants, Inc., to redesign the website, and provide professional maintenance and upkeep of the site. The domain name of the website was officially changed to
  • In November, FAPA was invited to attend the orientation Dinner, "The Kickoff Dinner", given fornew freshmen legislators to the Florida House of Delegates. Another first for FAPA.
  • In November the FAPA Goverment Consultant, Juhan Mixon, was invited to make a presentation to Florida Medical Association Council on Legislation. This was a first time occasion for this type of contact.
  • The President and President-Elect of FAPA were invited to attend the Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee (FLAMPAC) Annual Fundraiser. This was a first for FAPA and was as a result of Donations made by the FAPA leadership on an individu


  • Prescriptive authority for scheduled drugs was not included in bill.
  • Opposition to bill's content listing PAs as providers on child protection team came from Shands University of Florida lobbyist, Department of Health ; State Pediatric Society.
  • FAPA's legislative bill is vetoed by Gov. Bush
  • Barry University PA Program becomes accredited.
  • FAPA attends Speaker's/President's Mardi Gras Ball & the private Gold Sponsor Reception with Governor & Mrs. Jeb Bush.
  • FAPA PAC contributes $7,500 to the Florida Legislative Leadership Foundation.


  • Miami Dade College PA Program admits it first class.
  • UF PA Program graduates its First class with Master's Degree.
  • FAPA Web site is created.
  • Boards of Medicine & Osteopathy PA rules are combined and new streamlined Rules are approved.
  • Prescriptive practice renewal is simplified.
  • FAPA's Bill passes and new statute changes PA status from "certified" to "licensed".


  • US Congress authorizes Medicare coverage of physician services provided by PAs in all practice settings at a uniform rate of payment...Law takes effect January 1, 1998
  • FAPA transfers reserve fund into a management portfolio account administered by the New England Financial Services.
  • New law provides that insurance companies must reimburse PAs for surgical first assisting.
  • FAPA's Surgical First Assistant Bill passes!


  • Bill for reimbursement of surgical first assistant Pas fails.
  • "Glitch Bill" passes.
  • FAPA undertakes TAR WARS project.


  • More than 420 participate in lawsuit and do not take exam.
  • 24 FMGs take exam.
  • DBPR administers first PA certifying exam to FMGs.
  • Hurricane Erin stirs up the action at FAPA summer conference.
  • Nova Southeastern PA Program graduates its charter PA class.
  • FAPA membership tops 1,000!
  • Physicians may now supervise four (4) PAs.
  • Council has authority to develop Rules pertaining to PA practice.
  • PA Licensure is streamlined.
  • PA Council Bill passes.


  • Board of Medicine withdraws proposals.
  • FAPA mobilizes membership and gives testimony at public hearings. Joins Florida Nursing Association & Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists as interveners in court action challenge.
  • Board of Medicine proposes Rules changes restricting PA practice.
  • FAPA Political Action Committee is formed.
  • FAPA receives first AAPA Chapter Excellence Award.
  • Legislation for Medicaid Reimbursement of all PA services passes.


  • FAPA contracts with Kautter Management Group, Inc. to provide professional management services & retains Mixon and Associates for legislative consultant services.


  • FAPA Journal is winner of the 1992 AAPA/Lederle Chapter Newsletter Award.
  • New law becomes effective October 1, 1992.


  • Compromised FMG Bill is passed and new statute provides for: state residency, proficiency examination, fast track program, graduate of WHO school.


  • FAPA office moves to Tallahassee.
  • FAPA contracts with Mixon & Associates for Executive Director & Bryant, Miller & Olive for lobbying services.
  • FAPA is granted a temporary injunction on October 3, 1990.
  • Law is implemented October 1, 1990.
  • Florida Legislature passes legislation allowing FMGs to practice as PAs.


  • PAs in Public Health could order meds and PA portion of Medical Practice Act amended regarding state certification, clinical hospital privileges & permission for reimbursement by third-party payers.
  • FAA's 1st attempt at prescriptive practice authority s thwarted but key changes in PA practice were made in session.


  • Initial attempts for FMGs to practice as PAs are blocked.
  • '86 Legislative session is a major victory for FAPA! Proposed revisions of PA section of Medical Practice Act pass.


  • FAPA contracts services of a governmental consultant and begins work for the sunset of the Medical Practice Act in '86.


  • Membership tops 200!
  • A part-time Administrative Coordinator is hired.
  • FAPA establishes permanent mailing address in Gainesville.


  • Dialogue between FAPA & Florida Board of Medical Examiners result in creation of Physician Assistant Advisory Committee.
  • FAPA successfully lobbies for legislative funding of PA Program.
  • University of Florida PA Program receives notice of closure.
  • FAPA recognized as voice of Florida PAs.
  • Brevard County Medical Society Resolution is rescinded.
  • FAPA President Barry Strohman addresses members of closed FMA Reference Committee hearings.


  • More Florida PAs now work in rural underserved areas.
  • December 13: President Carter signs into law the Rural Services Clinic Bill authorizing Medicare & Medicaid reimbursement for PAs & NPs in clinics serving medically underserved populations or in manpower shortage areas.

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  • Subsequent Attorney General opinion: PAs act on behalf of their physicians & written orders to be considered as physician's orders & RNs should carry out.
  • FAPA mobilizes its resources.
  • Fla. State Board of Nursing questions legality of RNs carrying out orders written by PAs.


  • University of Florida College of Medicine/Santa Fe Community College Physician Assistant University of Florida College of Medicine/Santa Fe Community College Physician Assistant Program graduates its first PA class.
  • December 19: 1st FAPA Board of Directors meeting - Gary Rexroat, PAC, President.
  • December 7: More than 40 PAs at a meeting in Orlando approve formation of a State Academy.


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