Legislative Update

These are our two bills that PASSED during the 2007 Legislative session:

HB1962 Summary as introduced:
Prescription of certain controlled substances and devices by licensed physician assistants. Authorizes licensed physician assistants to prescribe Schedule II through VI controlled substances and devices on and after July 1, 2007.

HB1962, whose patron is Delegate John O'Bannon has passed signed by the Governor and is now law, which is in effect on July 1 2007. I want to give thanks to Zane Reasoner for attending the house committee hearings AM and assisting with this legislation prior to its filing.

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Summary as passed:

SB993 Disabled parking. Allows licensed physician assistants, licensed podiatrists, licensed chiropractors, or licensed nurse practitioners the same certification powers granted licensed physicians and certain other health care professionals in connection with obtaining various indicia associated with disabled parking privileges.

 

SB993 whose patron is Senator Harry Blevins Allows licensed physician assistants, licensed podiatrists, licensed chiropractors, or licensed nurse practitioners the same certification powers granted licensed physicians and certain other health care professionals in connection with obtaining various indicia associated with disabled parking privileges. The bill has passed has passed and was signed by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate and awaits the Governor signature and become law on July 1 2007.

 

The following are two bills that were introduced but did not pass during the 2007 Legislative session:

 

Summary as introduced:

HB2416 Exceptions to immunity of physicians; nurse practitioner or physician assistant orders test. Adds to the exceptions to physician immunity for laboratory tests the physician did not order tests that were ordered by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant with whom he or another physician in his office had established a relationship with in writing. Such physician must have been provided the results of the test and failed to provide the same to the nurse practitioner or physician assistant for the exception to apply.

 

HB2416 whose patron is Delegate Clifford Athey, Jr. the immunity legislation was referred to the House Courts of Justice Sub-Committee: Civil Law. Where it will remain till the next secession. The bill had opposition as it is currently enrolled by both the MSV and the Trial Lawyers Association. This is a co-bill we have entered into with the NPs and the upper sections of amendment are where the two organizations are in disagreement. The lower portions are not a problem, which is what the PAs need to have the same immunity as there supervising physicians. The lobbyist for the NPs is working with the legislation.

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SB980. Summary as introduced:

Supervision of physician assistants. Expands the therapeutic activities that licensed physician assistants may perform under the supervision of a licensed physician or podiatrist to include treatment. The bill prohibits physician assistants from prescribing or dispensing drugs, except prescriptive authority authorized for licensed physician assistants pursuant to § 54.1-2952.1.

 

The patron at my request struck this bill when a reasonable compromise with the Medical Society of Virginia's suggested substitute amendment in order to gain their support and not opposition was unattainable. The good new regarding SB980 is we live to fight another day and with some additional education of the MSV we should be able to gain their full support for the original legislation at the 2008 secession.