SB 697 Implementation Task Force
The purpose of the SB 697 Implementation Task Force is to unite a small group of dedicated CAPA members who are committed to helping their practice implement the provisions of SB 697. The goal is for CAPA to stay connected with each of them throughout the implementation process and then follow the practice for a couple of years. During implementation, if they have questions or concerns, they have a direct link to CAPA leadership. Having these direct contacts will help CAPA quickly be aware of impediments the members of the Task Force bring to our attention. When identified quickly, we can correct them and get information out to the membership. Task Force members may come up with really innovative ideas that we can also share with CAPA members.
Optimal Team Practice (OTP) is still the ultimate goal for CAPA. We will follow the practices that are part of the SB 697 Implementation Task Force over the next one to two years so we will have good data and real-life experiences to propel future OTP legislation.
Daniel Coll, PA-C
PA Daniel Coll has been a PA for 19 years and is currently practicing at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, California. They are a Community Hospital District and Critical Access Hospital that serves the surrounding six counties and two states. Currently the 26 PA/NP staff make up 25+% of their active medical staff. PA Coll has been with the organization for 6 years and lived in the community for over 15 years. He has worked the prior 9 years at Reno’s Level II Trauma Center. At Tahoe Forest, PA Coll was the first inpatient focused surgical PA, and now there are 5. He has been clinical staff, a coordinator and the Director of Orthopedics. He recently stepped down to clinical staff as they purchased the surgery center and re-organized the organization to purchase and integrate Orthopedics practice. Internally PA Coll also serves on their Interdisciplinary Practice Committee. Externally he volunteers as the AAPA Representative to NQF Rural Health Workgroup and recently was selected as the AAPA Medical Liaison to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Rebecca Dodd, PA-C, DMSc
PA Rebecca Dodd graduated from Stanford Primary Care Associate program and has practiced medicine since 2009. Initially, she worked in Emergency Medicine in Redding and Red Bluff, California, for several years and has since focused her interests on Critical Care Medicine with an emphasis in Cardiac Critical Care Medicine. She has worked at UC Davis Medical Center in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Intensive Care, Hospital Medicine and now manages acute cardiac surgery patients in the cardiac ICU at Mercy Heart Institute in Sacramento, California. PA Dodd completed her DMSc degree in 2018 at Lynchburg University in Virginia. Her doctoral scholarly project, “Avoiding Kidney Injury by Avoiding Fluid Overload in Patients with Sepsis,” was published in December 2019 in the Journal of American Academy of PAs. PA Dodd enjoys serving as a preceptor to PA students and is a strong advocate for Optimal Team Practice (OTP) having met with and solicited the vote of many state legislators over the last two years in support of SB 697.
Deon Kidd, DHSc, MPH, MS, PA-C
PA Deon Kidd has practiced orthopedic surgery for 17 years. He is responsible for all facets of the delivery of care provided by nurse practitioners, PAs, and certified registered nurse anesthetists, including program advocacy, outreach, regulatory compliance, credentialing, and business case development in an administrative role at the University of California, Irvine (UCI Health). PA Kidd directs the evaluation and monitoring of APP utilization and serves as a single point of contact, liaison and expert for matters specific to advanced practice staff throughout the health enterprise. As of December 2019, the number of PAs and NPs who work there are 180.
Laura Kirk, PA-C
PA Laura Kirk is a Senior PA Supervisor at UCSF Health with both clinical and leadership roles, and has been in clinical practice in the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology for 11 of her 19 years as a PA. She holds numerous leadership roles within UCSF as part of the Department of Otolaryngology leadership team, the Advanced Practice Advisory Board, the Committee for InterDisciplinary Practice, the Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education and the Center for Enhancing Communication in Healthcare. UCSF Health has nearly 600 APPs – 80 PAs and 500 APRNs (with 450 NPs).
Jeremy Meis, PA-C, MPH
PA Jeremy Meis works at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with 19 health centers, 100,000 patients and Joint Commission certifications for Patient Centered Medical Home and Behavioral Health Home. The FQHC has primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, dental, behavioral health (both counseling and psychiatry) and immediate care. They also have medication assisted treatment (MAT) & substance abuse counseling and both inpatient and outpatient alcohol and other drug (AOD) rehab. They work with public and private partners to address socioeconomic and other social determinants of health in the region. They currently employ 16 PAs, 17 NPs and 26 MD/DOs. PA Meis has been practicing for 7.5 years, employed by his current organization for 3 of those years and in July he became the lead APP for primary care. PA Meis is also a member of the population health and QI/QA committees. His time is split 80% in practice and 20% in administrative duties.
Jackie Upton, PA-C
PA Jackie Upton has been a PA for 10 years, having worked in both Illinois and Colorado prior to settling in San Diego. PA Upton has been working at UCSD in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery since 2014 as a Senior PA. Currently the department of Orthopedics employs 11 PAs and 5 NPs. At UCSD there are a total of 215+ APPs working in the healthcare system in most medical sub specialties. At the present time UCSD employs about 60 PAs and about 160 NPs. As a Senior PA at UCSD, PA Upton helped create and now co-chairs the Annual PA of the Year Award which was started in 2014. Prior to the creation of this award there was no such recognition for PAs at UCSD.
Anne Wright, PA-C
PA Anne Wright graduated from the Stanford PA program and began practicing in 2003. Her BS is in Health Education from SF State, . PA Wright has worked in Family Practice, OB/GYN, Urgent Care, Pain Management, Clinical Research trials and now in Orthopedics for the last decade with most of it spent with an emphasis on spine. She works 60% clinical and 40% administrative. She is in a leadership role as the Lead Orthopedics PA and Chair of the Advance Practice Provider Advisory Council for Mercy Medical Group affiliated with Dignity Health in Sacramento with about 500 providers, around 90-100 of which are NPs & PAs. They have PAs and NPs across primary care and multiple medical and surgical subspecialties. They work both in the ambulatory and acute care settings. For Dignity Health’s national enterprise of CommonSpirit Health, PA Wright participates in the Advance Practice Leadership Council, which has about 30 members from some of the 21 states they have facilities in.