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CS/CS/SB 398 — Physician Assistants

by Banking and Insurance Committee; Health Policy Committee; and Senator Bean

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Health Policy Committee (HP)

The bill amends the medical practice act and the osteopathic medical practice act to clarify that a supervising physician may delegate to a physician assistant authority to order medications, including controlled substances, for patients in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and mobile surgical facilities. The bill also specifies that an order is not a prescription in these instances.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2013.

Vote: Senate 35-0; House 118-0