HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT CHANGES IN THE LAW CONCERNING PAs:
HB 5163: repeals the cap on the number of Physician Assistants who can be supervised by an individual medical doctor.
HB 7171: Allows for Athletic Trainers to work under the guidance of PAs, utilizing a written agreement or protocol where PAs could be compensated for their guidance
HB 7222: Requires that medical providers report birth defects in children up to one year of age to the DPH, PAs are specifically named as one of the eligible reporters.
HB 7174: PAs can give orders for a peripheral/IV with pre-packaged normal saline to be performed by a phlebotomist
From Public Act 16-43:
This law allows licensed health care practitioners to prescribe, dispense and administer opioid antagonists.
From Public Act 15-198:
1) Prior to prescribing greater than a seventy-two-hour supply of any controlled substance to any patient, the prescribing practitioner or such practitioner’s authorized agent who is also a licensed health care professional shall review the patient’s records in the electronic prescription drug monitoring program (www.ctpmp.com).
2) Whenever a prescribing practitioner prescribes controlled substances for the continuous or prolonged treatment of any patient, such prescriber, or such prescriber’s authorized agent who is also a licensed health care professional, shall review, not less than once every ninety days, the patient’s records in such prescription drug monitoring program.
1) PA Prescription/Written Orders—Delete requirement in the practice act that require the MD name to be printed on all orders and prescriptions written by a PA. The provision becomes effective on October 1, 2014, this year. (HB 5537, Sec. 70).
2) PA Authority Noted—Three provisions in legislation were passed making a specific reference to the ability of Physician Assistants to provide specific treatments. These include: 1) legislation giving PAs the ability to certify that a college student does not need the Meningitis vaccine (HB 5537, Sec. 39); 2) a bill that permits PAs to counsel patients who are at-risk for Hepatitis C and administer that vaccine to them (SB 257), and 3) make written orders for a patient’s specific desire with regard to life-sustaining treatment in a pilot project that will begin in one region of Connecticut (HB 5537, Sec. 67, Department of Public Health’s Revisions to the Public Health Statutes).
3) Med-Spa Bill —SB 418, now Public Act 14-119, Physician Assistants will be able to perform the initial patient determination, provide any treatments within their scope and own a facility.
Weekly meeting requirement deleted from the law.
WRITTEN PROTOCOLS RESCINDED; REPLACED BY WRITTEN DELEGATION AGREEMENT REQUIREMENT. SEE: New Physician Supervision Requirements
(RNs executing orders from PAs, Certification of Student Health, Reporting Impaired Drivers to the DMV, PAs and Charity Care)
(Durable Medical Goods and Handicapped Parking Stickers)
Removal of requirement for supervising physician to register with the State