Florida Senate - 2017                                     SB 732
       By Senator Steube
       23-01487-17                                            2017732__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to physician assistants; amending s.
    3         458.347, F.S.; requiring that a physician assistant
    4         license renewal include the submission of a physician
    5         assistant survey; requiring the Department of Health
    6         to create a physician assistant survey that includes
    7         specified information; revising requirements of
    8         appointees to the Council on Physician Assistants;
    9         providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Paragraphs (b) and (d) of subsection (7) and
   14  paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (9) of section 458.347,
   15  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   16         458.347 Physician assistants.—
   18         (b)1. The license must be renewed biennially. Each renewal
   19  must include:
   20         a.1. A renewal fee not to exceed $500 as set by the boards.
   21         b.2. Acknowledgment of no felony convictions in the
   22  previous 2 years.
   23         c.A completed physician assistant survey as provided in
   24  subparagraph 2.
   25         2. The department shall create a standardized physician
   26  assistant survey, which must include, but is not limited to, the
   27  following:
   28         a.Licensee information, including:
   29         (I) Frequency and geographic location of practice within
   30  the state;
   31         (II) Name of accredited physician assistant training
   32  program where the physician assistant received his or her
   33  education and training, year of his or her graduation, and
   34  number of years of practice in this state;
   35         (III) Practice setting;
   36         (IV) Percentage of time spent in direct patient care;
   37         (V) Areas of specialty;
   38         (VI) Current salary; and
   39         (VII) Ownership of practice, in part or in full.
   40         b.Questions regarding availability and trends relating to
   41  critically needed services, as determined by the department.
   42         c. A statement submitted by the physician assistant that
   43  the information provided is true and accurate to the best of his
   44  or her knowledge and the submission does not contain any
   45  knowingly false information.
   46         3.The department shall issue a nondisciplinary citation to
   47  any physician assistant licensed under this chapter or chapter
   48  459 who fails to complete the survey within 90 days after he or
   49  she has filed an application for the renewal of his or her
   50  license to practice as a physician assistant. The citation must
   51  notify the physician assistant that his or her license will not
   52  be renewed unless the physician assistant completes the survey.
   53         4.In conjunction with issuing the license renewal notice
   54  required by s. 456.038, the department shall notify each
   55  physician assistant licensed under this chapter or chapter 459
   56  who has failed to complete the survey, at the licensee’s last
   57  known address of record, that the physician assistant survey
   58  must be completed before the department renews his or her
   59  license.
   60         5.The department shall adopt rules to implement this
   61  paragraph.
   62         (d)1. Upon employment as a physician assistant, a licensed
   63  physician assistant must notify the department in writing within
   64  30 days after such employment or after any subsequent changes in
   65  the supervising physician. The notification must include the
   66  full name, Florida medical license number, specialty, and
   67  address of a designated the supervising physician. Any
   68  subsequent change in the designated supervising physician shall
   69  be reported to the department within 30 days after the change.
   70  Assignment of a designated supervising physician does not
   71  preclude a physician assistant from practicing under the
   72  supervision of physicians other than the designated supervising
   73  physician.
   74         2. The designated supervising physician must be a physician
   75  designated by the facility or the practice to be the primary
   76  contact and supervising physician for the physician assistants
   77  in a practice in which physician assistants are supervised by
   78  multiple supervising physicians. The designated supervising
   79  physician shall maintain a list of all approved supervising
   80  physicians at the practice or facility, which includes the name
   81  of each supervising physician and the physician’s area of
   82  practice. The list must be kept up to date with additions and
   83  terminations and be provided to the department in a timely
   84  manner upon written request.
   85         (9) COUNCIL ON PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS.—The Council on
   86  Physician Assistants is created within the department.
   87         (a) The council shall consist of five members appointed as
   88  follows:
   89         1. The chairperson of the Board of Medicine shall appoint
   90  one member three members who is a physician are physicians and a
   91  member members of the Board of Medicine. One of The physician
   92  physicians must supervise a physician assistant in the
   93  physician’s practice.
   94         2. The chairperson of the Board of Osteopathic Medicine
   95  shall appoint one member who is a physician and a member of the
   96  Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The physician must supervise a
   97  physician assistant in the physician’s practice.
   98         3. The State Surgeon General or his or her designee shall
   99  appoint three a fully licensed physician assistants assistant
  100  licensed under this chapter or chapter 459.
  101         (b) Two of the members appointed to the council must be
  102  physicians who supervise physician assistants in their practice.
  103  Members shall be appointed to terms of 4 years, except that of
  104  the initial appointments, two members shall be appointed to
  105  terms of 2 years, two members shall be appointed to terms of 3
  106  years, and one member shall be appointed to a term of 4 years,
  107  as established by rule of the boards. Council members may not
  108  serve more than two consecutive terms. The council shall
  109  annually elect a chairperson from among its members.
  110         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.