Chief Sponsor: Brian E. Shiozawa

House Sponsor: Michael S. Kennedy


8     General Description:
9          This bill amends the Physician Assistant Act.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     amends the requirements of a delegation of services agreement;
13          ▸     removes the requirement that a physician assistant obtain a co-signature on a chart
14     medical record of a prescription from the supervising physician to prescribe certain
15     controlled substances;
16          ▸     amends requirements for licensure; and
17          ▸     makes technical changes.
18     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     AMENDS:
24          58-70a-102, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 229
25          58-70a-301, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 229
26          58-70a-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 37
27          58-70a-501, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 38
28          58-70a-503, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 72

30     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31          Section 1. Section 58-70a-102 is amended to read:
32          58-70a-102. Definitions.
33          In addition to the definitions in Section 58-1-102, as used in this chapter:
34          (1) "Board" means the Physician Assistant Licensing Board created in Section
35     58-70a-201.
36          (2) (a) "Delegation of services agreement" means written criteria jointly developed by a
37     physician assistant's supervising physician and [any] substitute supervising physicians and the
38     physician assistant, that permits a physician assistant, working under the direction or review of
39     the supervising physician, to assist in the management of common illnesses and injuries.
40          (b) The agreement defines the working relationship and delegation of duties between
41     the supervising physician and the physician assistant as specified by division rule and shall
42     include:
43          (i) the prescribing of controlled substances;
44          (ii) the degree and means of supervision;
45          (iii) the frequency and mechanism of [chart review] quality review, including the
46     mechanism for review of patient data and documentation of the review, as determined by the
47     supervising physician and the physician assistant;
48          (iv) procedures addressing situations outside the scope of practice of the physician
49     assistant; and
50          (v) procedures for providing backup for the physician assistant in emergency situations.
51          (3) "Direct supervision" means the supervising physician is:
52          (a) physically present at the point of patient treatment on site where the physician
53     assistant he is supervising is practicing; and
54          (b) immediately available for consultation with the physician assistant.
55          (4) "Practice as a physician assistant" means:
56          (a) the professional activities and conduct of a physician assistant, also known as a PA,
57     in diagnosing, treating, advising, or prescribing for any human disease, ailment, injury, infirmity,

58     deformity, pain, or other condition, dependent upon and under the supervision of a supervising
59     physician or substitute supervising physician in accordance with a delegation of services
60     agreement; and
61          (b) the physician assistant acts as the agent of the supervising physician or substitute
62     supervising physician when acting in accordance with a delegation of services agreement.
63          (5) "Substitute supervising physician" means an individual who meets the requirements
64     of a supervising physician under this chapter and acts as the supervising physician in the absence
65     of the supervising physician.
66          (6) "Supervising physician" means an individual who:
67          (a) is currently licensed to practice under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice
68     Act, or Title 58, Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice Act;
69          (b) acts as the primary supervisor of a physician assistant and takes responsibility for the
70     professional practice and conduct of a physician assistant in accordance with this chapter; and
71          (c) is not an employee of the physician assistant [he] whom the individual supervises.
72          (7) "Supervision" means the supervising physician is available for consultation with the
73     physician assistant, either personally or by other means permitting direct verbal communication
74     between the physician and the physician assistant.
75          (8) "Unlawful conduct" is as defined in Sections 58-1-501 and 58-70a-502.
76          (9) "Unprofessional conduct" is as defined in Sections 58-1-501 and 58-70a-503 and as
77     may be further defined by rule.
78          Section 2. Section 58-70a-301 is amended to read:
79          58-70a-301. Licensure required -- License classifications.
80          (1) A license is required to engage in practice as a physician assistant, except as
81     specifically provided in Section 58-70a-305 or 58-1-307.
82          (2) The division shall issue to [a person] an individual who qualifies under this chapter a
83     license in the classification of physician assistant.
84          Section 3. Section 58-70a-302 is amended to read:
85          58-70a-302. Qualifications for licensure.

86          Each applicant for licensure as a physician assistant shall:
87          (1) submit an application in a form prescribed by the division;
88          (2) pay a fee determined by the department under Section 63J-1-504;
89          (3) be of good moral character;
90          (4) have successfully completed a physician assistant program accredited by the:
91          (a) Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant; or
92          (b) if prior to January 1, 2001, either the:
93          (i) Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; or
94          (ii) Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation;
95          (5) have passed the licensing examinations required by division rule made in
96     collaboration with the board;
97          (6) meet with the board and representatives of the division, if requested, for the purpose
98     of evaluating the applicant's qualifications for licensure; and
99          (7) (a) if the applicant desires to practice in Utah, complete a form provided by the
100     division indicating:
101          (i) the applicant has completed a delegation of services agreement signed by the
102     physician assistant[,] and the supervising physician[, and substitute supervising physicians]; and
103          (ii) the agreement is on file at the Utah practice sites; or
104          (b) complete a form provided by the division indicating the applicant is not practicing in
105     Utah and, prior to practicing in Utah, the applicant will meet the requirements of Subsection
106     (7)(a).
107          Section 4. Section 58-70a-501 is amended to read:
108          58-70a-501. Scope of practice.
109          (1) A physician assistant may provide any medical services that are not specifically
110     prohibited under this chapter or rules adopted under this chapter, and that are:
111          (a) within the physician assistant's skills and scope of competence;
112          (b) within the usual scope of practice of the physician assistant's supervising physician;
113     and

114          (c) provided under the supervision of a supervising physician and in accordance with a
115     delegation of services agreement.
116          (2) A physician assistant, in accordance with a delegation of services agreement, may
117     prescribe or administer an appropriate controlled substance if:
118          (a) the physician assistant holds a Utah controlled substance license and a DEA
119     registration; and
120          (b) the prescription or administration of the controlled substance is within the
121     prescriptive practice of the supervising physician and also within the delegated prescribing
122     stated in the delegation of services agreement[; and].
123          [(c) the supervising physician cosigns any medical chart record of a prescription of a
124     Schedule 2 or Schedule 3 controlled substance made by the physician assistant.]
125          (3) A physician assistant shall, while practicing as a physician assistant, wear an
126     identification badge showing [his] the physician assistant's license classification as a [practicing]
127     physician assistant.
128          (4) A physician assistant may not:
129          (a) independently charge or bill a patient, or others on behalf of the patient, for services
130     rendered;
131          (b) identify himself or herself to any person in connection with activities allowed under
132     this chapter other than as a physician assistant; or
133          (c) use the title "doctor" or "physician," or by any knowing act or omission lead or
134     permit anyone to believe [he] the physician assistant is a physician.
135          Section 5. Section 58-70a-503 is amended to read:
136          58-70a-503. Unprofessional conduct.
137          "Unprofessional conduct" includes:
138          (1) violation of a patient confidence to any person who does not have a legal right and a
139     professional need to know the information concerning the patient;
140          (2) knowingly prescribing, selling, giving away, or directly or indirectly administering,
141     or offering to prescribe, sell, furnish, give away, or administer any prescription drug except for a

142     legitimate medical purpose upon a proper diagnosis indicating use of that drug in the amounts
143     prescribed or provided;
144          (3) prescribing prescription drugs for [himself] oneself or administering prescription
145     drugs to [himself] oneself, except those that have been legally prescribed for [him] the physician
146     assistant by a licensed practitioner and that are used in accordance with the prescription order
147     for the condition diagnosed;
148          (4) failure to maintain at the practice site a delegation of services agreement that
149     accurately reflects current practices;
150          (5) failure to make the delegation of services agreement available to the division for
151     review upon request;
152          (6) in a practice that has physician assistant ownership interests, failure to allow the
153     supervising physician the independent final decision making authority on patient treatment
154     decisions, as set forth in the delegation of services agreement or as defined by rule; and
155          (7) violating the dispensing requirements of Chapter 17b, Part 8, Dispensing Medical
156     Practitioner and Dispensing Medical Practitioner Clinic Pharmacy, if applicable.