September 19, 2019

California Scope of Practice Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

As of September 19, California SB 697 awaited the signature of Gov. Gavin Newsom after unanimous approvals in the state assembly and senate in September.

The scope-of-practice bill would modify the definition of “supervision” of physician assistants (PAs) during their performance of diagnostic imaging and other medical procedures to the following ways:

  • Require adequate supervision as agreed to in the practice agreement
  • Require that the physician and surgeon be available by telephone or other electronic communication method at the time the physician assistant examines the patient
  • Allow the Physician Assistant Board to require the physical presence of a physician and surgeon as a term or condition of a PA’s reinstatement or probation

Newsom has until October 13 to sign or veto SB 697 along with hundreds of other bills in the final hours of the legislative session.