SB 346 Amends the law relating to physician assistants
Sponsor: Shoemyer
LR Number: 1604L.01I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 1/25/2007 - Second Read and Referred S Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Journal Page: S158
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007

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SB 346 - Under current law, physicians must exercise control over a physician assistant working in the same office facility of the supervising physician. The assistant may make follow-up patient examinations in hospitals, nursing homes and correctional facilities.

This act requires physician assistants to provide services where the supervising physician regularly practices medicine. The physician must oversee the activities of and accept responsibility for the medical services rendered by the assistant and shall at all times be available immediately for consultation, assistance, or intervention in person or via telecommunications. The supervising physician must be personally present for supervision for eighty percent of clinic hours in any clinic location that uses assistants.

The physician assistant is limited to practice at the supervising physician’s primary location of practice and the supervising physician must be no further than thirty minutes from the practice location when not personally present. The supervising physician must be a full-time practitioner.

This act is similar to HCS/HB 503 (2005), and SCS/SB 1032 (2006).

CHRIS HOGERTY