September 05, 2019

Expanded PA Scope of Practice Rules Advance in California Legislature

By a vote of 18–0, the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations has unanimously passed SB 697, a bill that would modify the definition of “supervision” of physician assistants (PAs).

If adopted, the legislation would redefine supervision according to the following terms:

  • 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