2011 -- H 5672 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
By: Representatives Ferri, Cimini, Bennett,
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Assistants" is hereby repealed.
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.