Part 94 - Physician Assistants And Specialist Assistants

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Doc Status: 
Complete
Statutory Authority: 
Public Health Law, Sections 3308(2), 3701

Section 94.1 - Definitions

Section 94.1 Definitions. As used in this Part:

(a) Licensed physician assistant means an individual who is currently licensed as a physician assistant by the New York State Department of Education.

(b) Registered specialist assistant means an individual who is currently registered as a specialist assistant by the New York State Department of Education.

(c) Hospital means an institution or facility possessing a valid operating certificate issued pursuant to article 28 of the Public Health Law and authorized to employ physician assistants pursuant to part 707 of the State Hospital Code.

(d) Physician means a practitioner of medicine licensed to practice medicine pursuant to article 131 of the Education Law.
 

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Doc Status: 
Complete

Section 94.2 - Supervision and scope of duties

94.2 Supervision and scope of duties.

(a) A licensed physician assistant or a registered specialist assistant may perform medical services but only when under the supervision of a physician. Such supervision shall be continuous but shall not necessarily require the physical presence of the supervising physician at the time and place where the services are performed. The licensed physician assistant or registered specialist assistant shall retain records documenting the continuous supervision by the physician who is responsible for such supervision.

(b) Medical acts, duties and responsibilities performed by a licensed physician assistant or registered specialist assistant must:

(1) be assigned to him or her by the supervising physician;

(2) be within the scope of practice of the supervising physician; and

(3) be appropriate to the education, training and experience of the licensed physician assistant or registered specialist assistant.

(c) No physician may employ or supervise more than four licensed physician assistants and two registered specialist assistants in his or her private practice.

(d) No physician may supervise more than six licensed physician assistants or registered specialist assistants or any combination thereof in a hospital setting, no matter if the licensed physician assistants or registered specialist assistants are employed or contracted by a hospital.

(e) Prescriptions, certifications and medical orders may be issued by a licensed physician assistant as provided in this subdivision when assigned by the supervising physician.

(1) A licensed physician assistant may issue prescriptions for a patient who is under the care of the physician responsible for the supervision of the licensed physician assistant. The prescription shall be issued in accordance with Section 281 and Article 33 of the Public Health Law and Part 80 of this Title, written on the blank form of the supervising physician and shall include the name, address and telephone number of the supervising physician and the name of the licensed physician assistant. The prescription shall also bear the name, the address, the age of the patient and the date on which the prescription was issued.

(2) A licensed physician assistant, in good faith and acting within his or her lawful scope of practice, and to the extent assigned by his or her supervising physician, may prescribe controlled substances as a practitioner under Article 33 of the Public Health Law, to patients under the care of such physician responsible for his or her supervision. Licensed physician assistants may issue prescriptions for controlled substances under section 3306 of the Public Health Law provided that such prescriptions shall be issued in accordance with Section 281 and Article 33 of the Public Health Law and Part 80 of this Title.

(3) The licensed physician assistant shall sign all such prescriptions with his or her own name followed by the letters P.A. and his or her State Education Department license number, except that an electronic prescription must contain the electronic signature of the licensed physician assistant and shall include the name, address and telephone number of the supervising physician.

(4) A licensed physician assistant employed or extended privileges by a hospital may, if permissible under the bylaws, policies and procedures of the hospital, issue prescriptions for controlled substances listed under section 3306 of the Public Health Law on official New York State prescription forms issued to the hospital. Such prescriptions shall be issued in accordance with Section 281 and Article 33 of the Public Health Law and Part 80 of this Title and must include the imprinted name of the licensed physician assistant and the name of the physician responsible for his or her supervision.

(5) A licensed physician assistant employed or extended privileges by a hospital may, if permissible under the bylaws, policies and procedures of the hospital, write medical orders, including those for controlled substances, for inpatients under the care of the physician responsible for his supervision. Countersignature of such orders may be required if deemed necessary and appropriate by the supervising physician or the hospital, but in no event shall countersignature be required prior to execution.

(6) A licensed physician assistant, in good faith and acting within his or her lawful scope of practice, and to the extent assigned by his or her supervising physician, may register as a practitioner under Part 1004 of this Title to issue patient certifications for medical marihuana, to those patients under the care of such supervising physician.

(f) A physician supervising or employing a licensed physician assistant or registered specialist assistant shall remain medically responsible for the medical services performed by the licensed physician assistant or registered specialist assistant whom such physician supervises or employs.

(g) Qualified individuals may be registered as specialist assistants in the following categories:

(1) Orthopedic assistant. A specialist assistant registered in this category is an individual:

(i) who satisfactorily completed a program for the training of orthopedic assistants approved by the New York State Department of Education; or

(ii) who possesses equivalent education, training and experience. Training and experience while in military service which led to an orthopedic specialist, orthopedic cast room technician, or orthopedic clinic technician rating and two years of satisfactory experience as an orthopedic assistant working under the supervision of an orthopedic surgeon within the past five years; or completion of medical corps school and five years of satisfactory experience as an orthopedic assistant working under the supervision of an orthopedic surgeon within the past eight years may be considered equivalent education, training and experience for the purpose of registration in this category.

(2) Urologic assistant. A specialist assistant registered in this category is an individual:

(i) who satisfactorily completed a program for the training of urologic assistants approved by the New York State Department of Education; or

(ii) who possesses equivalent education, training and experience. Training and experience while in military service which led to an urology surgical technician or urological technician or clinical specialist rating and two years of satisfactory experience as an urologic assistant working under the supervision of an urologist within the past five years; or completion of medical corps school and five years of satisfactory experience as an urologic assistant working under the supervision of an urologist within the past eight years may be considered equivalent education, training and experience for the purpose of registration in this category.

(3) Acupuncture. A specialist assistant registered in this category shall be employed or supervised only by a physician authorized to administer acupuncture in accordance with the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Education and is an individual:

(i) who satisfactorily completed a program of training in acupuncture approved by the New York State Department of Education; or

(ii) who possesses equivalent education and training acceptable to the New York State Department of Education; and

(iii) in addition to satisfying the requirements of subparagraphs (i) and (ii) of this paragraph has completed at least five years of experience in the use of acupuncture acceptable to the New York State Department of Education.

(4) Radiologic assistant. A specialist assistant in this category is an individual:

(i) who is licensed as a radiologic technologist by the New York State Department of Health; and

(ii) who satisfactorily completed a program for the training of radiologic assistants approved by the New York State Education Department.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Doc Status: 
Complete
Statutory Authority: 
Public Health Law, Section 3701