senate Bill S5060A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the performance of medical services by physician assistants

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 21, 2014 referred to higher education
May 20, 2014 delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 12, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 07, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 06, 2014 1st report cal.553
Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 20, 2013 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1494
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 12, 2013 print number 5060a
amend and recommit to higher education
May 07, 2013 referred to higher education

Votes

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May 6, 2014 - Higher Education committee Vote

S5060A
19
0
committee
19
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 20, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S5060A
24
0
committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Bill Amendments

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S5060 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3749B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6542, Ed L

S5060 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the performance of medical services by physician assistants.

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BILL NUMBER:S5060

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
employment and supervision of physician assistants

PURPOSE: To increase the number of physician assistants that may be
supervised by a particular physician at any one time.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends Education Law § 6542 to set
the number of physician assistants (PAs) who may be supervised by a
particular physician at any one time at 6. Current limits are 4 in a
private office, 6 in a correctional facility, and 6 in a hospital.

JUSTIFICATION: Serious primary care shortages can be lessened to a
significant degree by increasing the number of physician assistants
providing primary care. Studies consistently document that access to
high quality primary care improves health status and decreases the
need for invasive and costly interventions. In addition, New York will
have a significant increase in the number persons seeking primary care
as a result of increased health coverage under the federal Affordable
Care Act. We can increase the number of primary care providers by
increasing the number of PAs that a physician may supervise.

PAs must practice under the supervision of a physician, and New York
law limits the number of PAs one physician may supervise: 4 PAs per
physician in an office setting, 6 PAs per physician in a correctional
setting, and 6 PAs per physician in a hospital setting. It has been
demonstrated in the hospital setting that a six to one ratio of
physician assistants to a supervising physician is entirely
manageable.

Creating parity within a correctional and office setting that has
fewer potential patients than a hospital is a step forward in ensuring
a greater number of New York residents receive care from a qualified
health professional.

This legislation will increase access to primary care, and increase
efficiencies in the various practice settings.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5060

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  the  employment  and
  supervision of physician assistants

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 5 of section 6542 of the education  law,
as amended by section 1 of part T of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, are
amended to read as follows:
  3.  No physician shall employ or supervise more than [four] SIX physi-
cian assistants AT ANY ONE TIME in his or her private practice.
  5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, nothing  shall
prohibit a physician employed by or rendering services to the department
of corrections and community supervision under contract from supervising
no  more  than  six  physician  assistants AT ANY ONE TIME in his or her
practice for the department of corrections and community supervision.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing  the date on which it shall have become a law; provided that, effec-
tive immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to  implement  the
provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be added,
amended and/or repealed on or before such date.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06480-04-3

S5060A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3749B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6542, Ed L

S5060A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Relates to the performance of medical services by physician assistants.

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BILL NUMBER:S5060A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
employment and supervision of physician assistants

PURPOSE: To increase the number of physician assistants that may be
supervised by a particular physician at any one time.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends Education Law § 6542 to
clarify that four physician assistants (PAs) may be supervised by a
particular physician at any one time in his or her private practice
and that six PAs may be supervised at any time by a physician in a
correctional facility.

JUSTIFICATION: Serious primary care shortages can be lessened to a
significant degree by increasing the number of physician assistants
providing primary care. Studies consistently document that access to
high quality primary care improves health status and decreases the
need for invasive and costly interventions. In addition, New York will
have a significant increase in the number persons seeking primary care
as a result of increased health coverage under the federal Affordable
Care Act.

PAs must practice under the supervision of a physician, and New York
law limits the number of PAs one physician may supervise: 4 PAs per
physician in an office setting, 6 PAs per physician in a correctional
setting, and 6 PAs per physician in a hospital setting.

This bill will codify a long-held interpretation of the Education Law
by the Department of Health and will strengthen practices by allowing
the maximum number of PAs authorized by statute to perform under the
supervision of a physician at all times.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5060--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Higher  Education  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  the  employment  and
  supervision of physician assistants

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 5 of section 6542 of the education  law,
as amended by section 1 of part T of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, are
amended to read as follows:
  3.  No  physician  shall  employ or supervise more than four physician
assistants AT ANY ONE TIME in his or her private practice.
  5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, nothing  shall
prohibit a physician employed by or rendering services to the department
of corrections and community supervision under contract from supervising
no  more  than  six  physician  assistants AT ANY ONE TIME in his or her
practice for the department of corrections and community supervision.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing  the date on which it shall have become a law; provided that, effec-
tive immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to  implement  the
provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be added,
amended and/or repealed on or before such date.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06480-06-3

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