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Bill Detail: HB19-1095

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Title Physician Assistants Supervision And Liability
Status Governor Signed (06/03/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors L. Landgraf (R)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/14/2019

The bill establishes supervisory requirements for physician

assistants who:
  • Have practiced for less than 3 years;
  • Have practiced for 3 years or more; or
  • Have practiced for at least 12 months and are making a
substantive change in their scope of practice or practice
Current law states that a licensed physician may be responsible for
the direction and supervision of up to 4 physician assistants at any one
time and may be responsible for the direction and supervision of more
than 4 physician assistants upon receiving specific approval from the
Colorado medical board (board). The bill eliminates this restriction.
The bill adds 2 more physician assistants as members of the board,
for a total of 3 physician assistant members. Current law requires the
president of the board to establish a licensing panel consisting of 3
members of the board. The bill adds a fourth member to the licensing
panel; that is, a person who is a physician assistant member of the board.
The bill states that a physician assistant who has practiced for at
least 3 years may be liable for damages resulting from negligence in
providing care to a patient; except that a physician assistant is not liable
for any such damages that occur as a result of the physician assistant
following a direct order from a supervising physician.
Current law requires that when persons licensed to practice
medicine form professional service corporations for the practice of
medicine, the articles of incorporation of such corporations must state that
one or more licensed physician assistants may be a shareholder of the
corporation as long as the physician shareholders maintain majority
ownership of the corporation. The bill removes this requirement.

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