Physician assistants.

Authors: Representative Steven Davisson

Co-authors: Representative Robert Heaton, Representative Sue Errington, Representative Charlie Brown

Sponsors: Senator Patricia Miller, Senator Ronald Grooms, Senator Ed Charbonneau

Co-Sponsors: Senator Jon Ford, Senator Mark Stoops


Allows a physician assistant who is delegated authority to prescribe a controlled substance after practicing for at least 1,800 hours. (Current law allows a physician assistant to be delegated to prescribe a controlled substance after practicing for one year after graduating from a physician assistant program and practicing for at least 1,800 hours.) Removes requirement that supervising physician must delegate prescribing authority by the name of the drug or drug classification. Specifies that a physician assistant may refill a prescription as allowed for in the physician assistant's supervisory agreement. Provides that a pharmacist may not require the supervising agreement or a cosignature to fill a prescription written by a physician assistant. Removes requirement that patient encounters must be reviewed within 72 hours and provides that a physician must review physician assistant charts within ten business days and within a reasonable time that is appropriate for the maintenance of quality medical care. Reduces the percentage of physician assistant charts that a physician must review based on the year of practice by the physician assistant. Specifies patient record review by a physician for Schedule II prescription that a physician assistant with less than a year of authority to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances dispenses or prescribes. Provides that a physician may supervise four physician assistants at the same time. Allows physician assistants and advanced practice nurses to treat a patient with a Schedule III or Schedule IV controlled substance for weight reduction or to control obesity if certain conditions are met.