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Physician Assistant Collaboration Requirements

Concerning an expansion of a physician assistant's ability to practice, and, in connection therewith, changing the relationship between a physician assistant and a physician or podiatrist from supervision to collaboration.
2023 Regular Session
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Bill Summary

The bill modifies the relationship between a physician assistant and a physician or podiatrist by removing the requirement that a physician assistant be supervised by a physician or podiatrist except in certain circumstances . Instead, a physician assistant must enter into a collaborative agreement with an employer, physician, a physician or podiatrist or physician group . The physician or podiatrist must be licensed in good standing in Colorado and be actively practicing with a regular and reliable physical presence in the state.

The collaborative agreement must include:

  • The physician assistant's name, license number, and primary location of practice;
  • The signature of the physician assistant and the person physician or physician group with whom the physician assistant has entered into the collaborative agreement;
  • A general description of the physician assistant's process for collaboration;
  • A description of the performance evaluation process, which may be completed by the physician assistant's employer in accordance with a performance evaluation and review process established by the employer; and
  • Any additional requirements specific to the physician assistant's practice required by the employer, physician, or podiatrist employer or by the physician or physician group entering into the collaborative agreement, including additional levels of oversight, limitations on autonomous judgment, and the designation of a primary contact for collaboration.

For a physician assistant with fewer than 5,000 practice hours, or a physician assistant changing practice areas with fewer than 3,000 practice hours in the new practice area , the collaborative agreement is a supervisory agreement which must include required elements and must also:

  • Require that collaboration during the first 160 practice hours be completed in person or through technology, as permitted by the physician or physician group with whom the physician assistant is collaborating ;
  • Incorporate elements defining the expected nature of collaboration; and
  • Require a performance evaluation and discussion of the performance evaluation with the physician assistant.

The bill also requires physician assistants who have been practicing for less than 3 years to satisfy certain financial responsibility requirements from which such physician assistants are exempt under current law.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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