May 26, 2022

New York Scope of Practice Bill Introduced

In New York, legislation (Senate Bill (SB) 9233) that would expand the scope of practice for a physician assistant (PA) was recently introduced and referred to the Senate Higher Education Committee.

If enacted, the bill would permit the performance of medical services by a PA without physician supervision if their scope of practice, education and training exceeds 3,600 hours.

The New York State Radiological Society opposes this measure.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently approved the state’s 2022–2023 budget, which included a provision to allow a nurse practitioner with more than 3,600 hours of experience to practice without a written practice agreement with a physician.

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) has a number of resources to help state chapters fight non-physician scope of practice expansion legislation, including the American College of Radiology Association® State Scope of Practice Fund. ACR members can also keep up to date with bills being introduced through the ACR policy map, articles in Advocacy in Action and through FiscalNote, a legislation and regulation tracking service.

If you have any questions, please contact Dillon Harp, ACR Senior State Government Relations Specialist.