Bill Would Approve Expanded Duties For Physician Assistants

Lincoln – LB 772, introduced by Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg, would ease constraints on how a physician may delegate tasks to a physician assistant under his or her supervision if the PA has received education, training and experience related to the task.

The bill redefines a “supervising physician” and “supervision,” allowing a physician assistant to serve under several specialists who may work at the same practice rather than solely under a single physician. A physician assistant also could render services in a setting that is geographically remote from the supervising physician.

Williams said the bill would lower health care costs and reduce administrative burdens by allowing individual practices to establish their own working agreements.

– Unicameral Information Office

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