STATEHOUSE- State Representative Steve Davisson (R-Salem) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1099, which will expand the scope of practice and amend the definition of “supervision” regarding the physician assistant law. . The bill was signed into law by the governor.
“This bill was brought to my attention because I wanted to address the foreseeable shortage of physicians, especially in rural areas due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Davisson. “Currently we educate and train outstanding young people in Indiana but lose them to other states due to a lack of opportunities to practice their skills. This bill will aid in the expanding of professional opportunities in this line of work; we hope to retain a budding, young workforce and increase job growth here in Indiana.”
The bill essentially grants more independence to physician assistants by allowing physicians to supervise PAs at a reasonable distance. It increases the scope of prescribing currently in place for physician assistants, from an aggregate of 30 days rather than a one-time 30-day supply and, if the PA meets certain requirements, they are able to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances
Additionally, it specifies that a physician may not supervise more than two Pas at the same time.
“Physician assistants have become such an integral part of healthcare today, serving as one of the primary healthcare providers, with visits totaling 1.2 million last year. Indiana has made great strides to become more hospitable to practicing physician assistants over the past few years, but there is more work to be done. This bill expands the opportunities for physician assistants to utilize their expertise with the appropriate level of supervision,” said Rep. Davisson
HEA 1099 also changes the percentages of patient charts that a physician must review based on the number of years the PA has been employed.