Chapter 112

2011 -- H 5672 SUBSTITUTE A

Enacted 06/27/11





     Introduced By: Representatives Ferri, Cimini, Bennett, Hull, and Edwards

     Date Introduced: March 03, 2011


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 5-54-9.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-54 entitled "Physician

Assistants" is hereby repealed.


     5-54-9.1. Graduate practice. -- (a) Any graduate of an approved physician assistant

training program who files a completed application for licensure may, upon receiving a receipt

from the division of professional regulation, perform as a graduate physician assistant subject to

the board promulgating rules and regulations delineating the appropriate level of supervision for

the graduate physician assistant practice. During this period, the applicant shall identify himself

or herself only as a "graduate physician assistant".

      (b) If the applicant fails to take the next succeeding examination without cause, or fails

to pass the examination and is licensed, all privileges granted pursuant to this section shall

automatically cease.


     SECTION 2. Chapter 5-54 of the General Laws entitled "Physician Assistants" is hereby

amended by adding thereto the following section:


     5-54-27. Participation in disaster and emergency care. A person licensed under the

provisions of this chapter or members of the same profession licensed to practice in other states of

the United States or members of the same profession credentialed by a federal employer who

voluntarily and gratuitously, and other than in the ordinary course of his or her employment or

practice, renders emergency medical assistance during an emergency or a state or local disaster

may render such care without supervision as set forth in subdivision 5-54-2(10), or with such

supervision as is available. Any physician who supervises a physician assistant providing medical

care in response to such an emergency or state or local disaster shall not be required to meet the

supervising physician requirements set forth in subdivision 5-54-2(10).


     SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.



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