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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions in the Utah Code relating to physician assistants.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . changes membership requirements for the Physician Assistant Licensing Board;
13 . updates the names of the national accrediting boards;
14 . permits a supervising physician to delegate to a licensed physician assistant on a
15 temporary basis, the supervision of physician assistant students;
16 . extends a temporary license up to 120 days to physician assistant students to pass
17 the national exam;
18 . modifies definitions; and
19 . makes technical changes.
20 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 58-70a-201, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 229
27 58-70a-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
28 58-70a-305, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 229
29 58-70a-306, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 229
30 58-70a-503, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 229
32 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33 Section 1. Section 58-70a-201 is amended to read:
34 58-70a-201. Board.
35 (1) There is created the Physician Assistant Licensing Board, which consists of seven
37 (a) [
38 supervising or who have supervised a physician assistant[
40 (b) [
41 involved in the administration of an approved physician assistant education program within the
42 state; and
44 (2) The board shall be appointed and serve in accordance with Section 58-1-201 .
45 (3) The duties and responsibilities of the board are in accordance with Sections
46 58-1-202 and 58-1-203 . In addition, the board shall designate one of its members on a
47 permanent or rotating basis to:
48 (a) assist the division in reviewing complaints concerning the unlawful or
49 unprofessional conduct of a licensee; and
50 (b) advise the division in its investigation of these complaints.
51 (4) A board member who has, under Subsection (3), reviewed a complaint or advised
52 in its investigation may be disqualified from participating with the board when the board serves
53 as a presiding officer in an adjudicative proceeding concerning the complaint. The board
54 member may be disqualified:
55 (a) on [
56 objectivity; or
57 (b) upon challenge for cause raised on the record by any party to the adjudicative
59 Section 2. Section 58-70a-302 is amended to read:
60 58-70a-302. Qualifications for licensure.
61 Each applicant for licensure as a physician assistant shall:
62 (1) submit an application in a form prescribed by the division;
63 (2) pay a fee determined by the department under Section 63J-1-504 ;
64 (3) be of good moral character;
65 (4) have successfully completed a physician assistant program accredited by the
67 (a) Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant; or
68 (b) if prior to January 1, 2001, either the:
69 (i) Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; or
70 (ii) Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation;
71 (5) have passed the licensing examinations required by division rule made in
72 collaboration with the board;
73 (6) meet with the board and representatives of the division, if requested, for the
74 purpose of evaluating the applicant's qualifications for licensure; and
75 (7) (a) if the applicant desires to practice in Utah, complete a form provided by the
76 division indicating:
77 (i) the applicant has completed a delegation of services agreement signed by the
78 physician assistant, supervising physician, and substitute supervising physicians; and
79 (ii) the agreement is on file at the Utah practice sites; or
80 (b) complete a form provided by the division indicating the applicant is not practicing
81 in Utah and, prior to practicing in Utah, the applicant will meet the requirements of Subsection
83 Section 3. Section 58-70a-305 is amended to read:
84 58-70a-305. Exemptions from licensure.
85 In addition to the exemptions from licensure in Section 58-1-307 , the following persons
86 may engage in acts included within the definition of practice as a physician assistant, subject to
87 the stated circumstances and limitations, without being licensed under this chapter:
88 (1) a student enrolled in an accredited physician assistant education program while
89 engaged in activities as a physician assistant:
90 (a) that are a part of the education program;
91 (b) that are conducted under the direct supervision of a:
92 (i) physician associated with the program; [
93 (ii) licensed physician assistant, at the request of the supervising physician and on a
94 temporary basis, as defined by rule;
95 (c) for which the program accepts in writing the responsibility for the student; and
96 (2) [
97 58-68-102 , [
98 (a) is working under the direct supervision of a physician;
99 (b) does not diagnose, advise, independently treat, or prescribe to or on behalf of any
100 person; and
101 (c) for whom the supervising physician accepts responsibility.
102 Section 4. Section 58-70a-306 is amended to read:
103 58-70a-306. Temporary license.
104 (1) An applicant for licensure as a physician assistant who has met all qualifications for
105 licensure except passing an examination component as required in Section 58-70a-302 , may
106 apply for and be granted a temporary license to practice under Subsection (2).
107 (2) (a) The applicant shall submit to the division evidence of completion of a physician
108 assistant program as defined in Subsection 58-70a-302 (4).
109 (b) The temporary license:
110 (i) shall be issued [
114 applicant to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.
115 (ii) The temporary license may not be renewed or extended.
116 (c) A physician assistant holding a temporary license may work only under the direct
117 supervision of an approved supervising or substitute supervising physician in accordance with
118 a delegation of services agreement, and all patient charts shall be reviewed and countersigned
119 by the supervising or substitute supervising physician.
120 Section 5. Section 58-70a-503 is amended to read:
121 58-70a-503. Unprofessional conduct.
122 "Unprofessional conduct" includes:
123 (1) violation of a patient confidence to any person who does not have a legal right and
124 a professional need to know the information concerning the patient;
125 (2) knowingly prescribing, selling, giving away, or directly or indirectly administering,
126 or offering to prescribe, sell, furnish, give away, or administer any prescription drug except for
127 a legitimate medical purpose upon a proper diagnosis indicating use of that drug in the amounts
128 prescribed or provided;
129 (3) prescribing prescription drugs for himself or administering prescription drugs to
130 himself, except those that have been legally prescribed for him by a licensed practitioner and
131 that are used in accordance with the prescription order for the condition diagnosed;
132 (4) failure to maintain at the practice site a delegation of services agreement that
133 accurately reflects current practices; [
134 (5) failure to make the delegation of services agreement available to the division for
135 review upon request[
136 (6) in a practice that has physician assistant ownership interests, failure to allow the
137 supervising physician the independent final decision making authority on patient treatment
138 decisions, as set forth in the delegation of services agreement or as defined by rule.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-2-10 2:29 PM