Governor Signs Bills to Streamline the Processing of Physician Assistant Written Agreement Approvals
July 02, 2019
Senate Bill 698 and Senate Bill 699, both sponsored by Senator John Gordner (R-Columbia), were signed into law today by Governor Tom Wolf. These bills help to clarify that a third-party delegate can assist in the process of physician assistant agreements under the Department of State’s Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS).
Physician assistant written agreements identify the services the physician assistant can perform under the guidance of their supervising physician. These written agreements must be approved by the medical board before the physician assistant can begin practice.
Since the implementation of a new database for licensure application processing, practitioners have been experiencing problems with delays in their licensure application approvals. In particular, with regard to the physician assistant written agreement process, delays in application approvals impedes access to care for patients. Typically, in a hospital setting, these applications are processed through the hospital’s medical staff services department.
Senate Bills 698 and 699 help to ensure that the medical staff services personnel can continue to assist in the processing of physician assistant written agreements.
If you have questions, please contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional development.