Senate removes waiting period for physician assistants

February 15, 2013 | | Comments 0

By Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT – The Senate approved a bill Friday its sponsor said is designed to keep more physician assistants in the state.

Senate Bill 43, sponsored by Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, would eliminate the 18-month on-site supervisory period for new physician assistants.

The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants says Kentucky is the only state that has a law requiring physician assistants who have graduated from a Master’s-level program and passed a nationally accredited examination to wait 18 months before seeing patients without a supervising physician physically present.

Buford said about half of all new graduates are leaving the state to make an average starting salary of $88,000 in other states.

Several physician assistants in white jackets were in the Senate to see the 33-2 vote of approval.

The Senate also approved SB 52, which would allow electronic filing of death certificates, and SB 103, which would crack down on reckless amusement park ride operators.

SB 103 would prevent such operators from avoiding fines by going out of business or changing their business names.

All three bills approved Friday by the Senate now go to the House for its consideration.

Filed Under: KY General Assembly

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