Relates to the performance of medical services by physician assistants.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the employment and supervision of physician assistants
PURPOSE: To increase the number of physician assistants that may be supervised by a particular physician at any one time.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends Education Law § 6542 to clarify that four physician assistants (PAs) may be supervised by a particular physician at any one time in his or her private practice and that six PAs may be supervised at any time by a physician in a correctional facility.
JUSTIFICATION: Serious primary care shortages can be lessened to a significant degree by increasing the number of physician assistants providing primary care. Studies consistently document that access to high quality primary care improves health status and decreases the need for invasive and costly interventions. In addition, New York will have a significant increase in the number persons seeking primary care as a result of increased health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.
PAs must practice under the supervision of a physician, and New York law limits the number of PAs one physician may supervise: 4 PAs per physician in an office setting, 6 PAs per physician in a correctional setting, and 6 PAs per physician in a hospital setting.
This bill will codify a long-held interpretation of the Education Law by the Department of Health and will strengthen practices by allowing the maximum number of PAs authorized by statute to perform under the supervision of a physician at all times.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5060--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 7, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the employment and supervision of physician assistants THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 5 of section 6542 of the education law, as amended by section 1 of part T of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, are amended to read as follows: 3. No physician shall employ or supervise more than four physician assistants AT ANY ONE TIME in his or her private practice. 5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, nothing shall prohibit a physician employed by or rendering services to the department of corrections and community supervision under contract from supervising no more than six physician assistants AT ANY ONE TIME in his or her practice for the department of corrections and community supervision. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law; provided that, effec- tive immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be added, amended and/or repealed on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06480-06-3