Florida Physician Assistant Bylaws Changes – Food, Drugs, Healthcare, Life Sciences


United States: Florida Physician Assistant Bylaws Changes

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Over the past year, there have been many changes to the scope of practice and collaboration / supervision requirements for advanced practice providers such as APRNs and PAs in the state of Florida. In a previous Client Alert, we discussed House Bill 607, which expanded the independent practice of APRNs providing primary care services in Florida.

This Customer Alert focuses on Florida House Bill 431 (the “Bill”), which came into effect on July 1, 2021 and amended Florida Laws 458.347 and 459.022. The bill essentially gives Florida PAs more autonomy in certain aspects of their practice and changes the number of PAs physicians are allowed to supervise. from four (4) to ten (10).

The Florida Board of Medicine has released a full list of all changes made, and among these, PAs are no longer required to advise patients that they have the right to see a physician before prescribing or dispensing medications. prescriptions, and they are able to authenticate any document that can also be authenticated by doctors, except medical certificates (which include, but are not limited to, death certificates, school physical exams and medical examinations for workers’ compensation claims).

Additionally, PAs are no longer required to notify the Department of Health in writing when changes are made to their supervising physician or within thirty (30) days of employment, and are permitted to supervise physician assistants.

For prescription changes, PAs no longer need to include a prescription number on prescriptions, but instead must include their name, address and phone number, as well as the name of each of their supervising physicians. . In addition, a form listing the prescriptions that MAs are not authorized to prescribe will be published, and PAs can now prescribe 14-day supplies of Schedule II psychotropic drugs to minors, provided they are supervised by a pediatrician, family doctor, internal medicine doctor or a psychiatrist.

The Medical Council also noted the following changes from the bill:

  • Modifies the provisions relating to the approval of the program for the education and training of PAs and allows trainees to perform medical services rendered within the framework of an approved program;
  • Amends the licensing requirements for PAs based on the date a PA graduated from an approved program as defined in the bill by specifying which education and training programs to PA are approved for authorization to exercise PA;
  • Authorizes a PA to meet the continuing education requirement for prescribing controlled substances through a designated course; and
  • Removes the requirement that applicants for authorization to practice as a PA who apply for authorization to prescribe provide transcripts.

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