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PA Modernization Act of 2019

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 10:51 PM
    Message # 7187353
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rhode Island PA Practice Act (RIGL 5-54)  was enacted in 1976.  The PA profession had been in existence less than 10 years; PAs were an unknown entity and the provisions of the act reflected this. Since then both the PA profession and the health care system have undergone a dramatic evolution and while the Act has been amended there remains language that does not reflect the current realities of PA/physician team practice.

    The Act will update the law to:

    1. Move from the current supervisory practice model to a collaborative model
    2.  Remove the requirement for a practice agreement with a specific physician 
    3.  Relieve physicians from sccepting liability for for the care provided by  PAs
    4. Increase  the annual continuing medical education requirement to 25 hours

    5. Create an additional PA position on the Board of Licensure for PAs



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