The bill establishes supervisory requirements for physician assistants who:
- Have practiced for less than 3 years;
- Have practiced for 3 years or more; or
- Have practiced for at least 12 months and are making a substantive change in their scope of practice or practice area.
Current law states that a licensed physician may be responsible for the direction and supervision of up to 4 physician assistants at any one time and may be responsible for the direction and supervision of more than 4 physician assistants upon receiving specific approval from the Colorado medical board (board). The bill states that a licensed physician may be responsible for the direction and supervision of up to 8 physician assistants at any one time. A licensed physician shall not be made responsible for the direction and supervision of more than 4 physician assistants unless the licensed physician agrees to assume the responsibility.
The bill adds 1 more physician assistant as a member of the board, for a total of 2 physician assistant members. Current law requires the president of the board to establish a licensing panel consisting of 3 members of the board. The bill adds a fourth member to the licensing panel; that is, a person who is a physician assistant member of the board.
The bill states that a physician assistant who has practiced for at least 3 years may be liable for damages resulting from negligence in providing care to a patient; except that a physician assistant is not liable for any such damages that occur as a result of the physician assistant following a direct order from a supervising physician. A physician assistant who may be liable for damages shall maintain professional liability insurance in an amount not less than one million dollars per claim and three million dollars for all claims.
The bill makes an appropriation.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)