The New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants

Whats Happening in Trenton


In Trenton, we are entering the annual “budget break” in April as the legislature suspends most activity except for meetings of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees.  Over the coming weeks, they will be interviewing each member of Governor Murphy’s cabinet and going over their department’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019.  The Governor delivered the annual budget address on March 13.


In the first three months of the new session, NJSSPA succeeded in accomplishing two major goals:


  1. Our priority bill for this year, legislation allowing PAs to sign Physician Orders for Life-Saving Treatment (POLST) forms, was reintroduced by Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Somerset). The bills are now designated as S1109 and A2144.   S1109 was heard by Senate Health Committee on March 12.  Tracey Piparo, NJSSPA’s GAC chair joined our lobbyist, Lynn Nowak, in testifying in support of the bill.  It was released unanimously.  An additional amendment was added which changes the “P” in POLST from “physician” to “provider.”  It now awaits a vote by the full Senate and will then go to the Assembly to repeat the same process.


  1. NJSSPA was successful in amending legislation (S482 / A1704) which authorizes gestational carrier agreements. The amendment explicitly adds PAs among the practitioners who can provide pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care to gestational carriers. Sponsored by Senator Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), the legislation has successfully passed out of committee in both the Senate and the Assembly and is currently awaiting a full vote in both houses.


NJSSPA will continue to monitor these pieces of legislation to ensure that they complete the legislative process and will remain actively involved in budget discussions in whatever way possible to advocate for funding necessary to address additional NJSSPA legislative priorities.

Rev. March 2018


New Opioid Law


ALERT: LEGISLATION CLARIFYING S3, EXPANDING ACCESS TO PMP! Among one of his last acts in office, on Jan 15 2018, Governor Christie signed legislation, S3604, sponsored by Senator Vitale and Speaker Coughlin (both D-Middlesex), that provides additional anti-addiction measures related to the prescribing of controlled dangerous substances.  The law took effect immediately.

The heart of the bill delineates when practitioners MUST access prescription monitoring information. It adds benzodiazepine drugs when a practitioner prescribes for the first time. It also delineates how controlled dangerous substances may be prescribed in an emergency room (cannot exceed a five-day but that will not apply once the Division of Consumer Affairs makes prescription monitoring information in an electronic system).


For additional details and further analysis of the bill you can see it below

Bills Signed into Law in Lame Duck Session 2018

S3604 – New Opioid Law

Signed 1/15/2018

Concerns prescribing of certain controlled dangerous substances; requires practitioners to check prescription monitoring information before issuing certain prescriptions to emergency department patients.

S2205 – Online Licensing

Signed 1/15/18

Note:  Division of Consumer Affairs is given 3 years to get this up and running.

S294 – Opioid Antidote Mandate

Signed 1/15/18

Mandate Regarding Provision of Treatment Information by Health Care Professional to Person Receiving Opioid Antidote.

PA Modernization Act


Signed into law 2017



Signed into law July 21, 2017.

Provides a framework for providers including physician assistants in providing telemedicine.


S1305 Diabetes Self Management

Diabetes Self-Management

Signed into law 

PAs are among the providers authorized to order the diabetes self-management education and/or medical nutrition therapy.




Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Act

A837 / S468
Public Law 2017, c.28
Signed into law February 15, 2017

 NJSSPA has a designated representative on the Stakeholder Group established by the law. 


Government Affairs Committee Chair

Tracey M. Piparo, PA-C

John Albanese, MPA PA-C

RaeKeisha Dean PA-C

Diane Daw, PA-C, NJSSPA President

Camille Dyer, PA-C

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