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Physician Reminder: On-Site Supervision of PA’s No Longer Required

Posted In House Bill 104, Licensure Requirements, Physician Assistants

Physician assistants are increasingly playing an active role in patient care and states are finally modernizing practice laws, making it easier for them to do so. In March of 2013, Governor Steve Beshear approved a law, finalized in House Bill 104, which removed the stringent state requirement that physicians be on-site with PAs during their first 18 months of medical practice. The law approved a reduced physician supervision time of three months for newly-graduated PAs through May 2014. In addition, under the law, the supervision requirement is eliminated altogether as of June 1, 2014. The bill garnered national attention and even made headlines in the Wall Street Journal (see Melinda Beck, Battles Erupt Over Filling Doctors’ Shoes, Wall Street Journal, Feb. 4, 2013), as Kentucky was the only state with such a lengthy on-site requirement and one of only three states in the country with any such period of time for new PAs. More >

Voluntary Surrender of DEA Registration: Proceed With Caution

All too often, the Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) asks a physician to surrender his or her DEA registration when the physician enters into a prescribing-related Agreed Order with the applicable state licensing authority. A DEA registration is important because, in order to write prescriptions for controlled substances or dispense controlled substances in-office, physicians must be registered with the DEA. More >

FTC: Don’t Limit APRNs Crucial Role in Health Care

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released a policy paper suggesting that state legislators should be cautious when evaluating legislative proposals to limit the scope of practice of Advance Practice Registered Nurses (“APRNs”). The FTC is concerned that by imposing more stringent physician supervision requirements, APRNS are effectively being restricted by another type of health care professional (the physician) thereby denying consumers the benefits of greater competition. This is especially troubling in light of the significant shortage of primary care practitioners in the U.S. By allowing APRNs to practice without heavier regulatory burdens, access to health care can be increased and possibly lead to “lower costs, better care, and more innovation,” according to the FTC. More >

Licensure Requirements for Home Medical Equipment Providers, Personal Service Agencies

It is no surprise that, given the current health care climate, providers who were unregulated just a few years ago are now subject to certification and licensure requirements. More >

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