PA Supervisory Agreements Will Soon Be On PALS; Paper Submittals Will Still Be Accepted

Last Updated: Aug 7, 2019

Team-physiciansThe Pennsylvania Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) is transitioning to an online process utilizing the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS) for the submittal of Physician Assistant (PA) Supervisory Agreements.  

At this time, there is no set date for the availability of the online submission process. However, it is expected that PA Supervisory Agreements will be able to be submitted through PALS sometime within the next few months. The PALS website can be accessed here

Will Paper Agreements Still Be Accepted? 

For the time being, BPOA will continue to accept paper submittals through the mail even after Supervisory Agreements go live on PALS. There is currently no timetable for any discontinuation of paper submittals.

  • Supervising physician paper applications for allopathic doctors (MDs) are available here.
  • Supervising physician paper applications for osteopathic doctors (DOs) are available here.

When submitting a Supervisory Agreement, make sure you are submitting the correct Board’s application under which the primary supervising physician is licensed. 

Note that the online submission process for Supervisory Agreements will only be for supervising physician applications. Written Agreement Change Forms will continue to be submitted through the manual paper process.  

Can a Delegate Submit Agreements on PALS? 

Pursuant to the recently enacted Acts 68 and 69 of 2019, appointed delegates may assist in the online completion and submittal of PA Supervisory Agreements on PALS. Note that physicians must review and approve such electronic submissions. More information on Acts 68 and 69 can be found in the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) summary of the laws here.  

Utilizing a delegate to assist in the electronic completion and submittal of Supervisory Agreements is completely voluntarily. There is currently not a delegate functionality on PALS. If a physician chooses to utilize a delegate to assist in the submittal of Supervisory Agreements on PALS, the physician would have to provide their PALS account information to the delegate for access to the system.  

How Can I Avoid Common Discrepancies? 

BPOA has released a guide on how to avoid common discrepancies in PA Supervisory Agreements. This guide can be accessed here. 

Discrepancies necessitate longer review times and thus can severely delay the processing and approval of Supervisory Agreements. To avoid such delays, review of BPOA’s guide on how to avoid common discrepancies is recommended before submitting Supervisory Agreements.    

Where Can I Find Additional Information?

PAMED’s Practice Guidelines for Physician Assistants and Certified Nurse Practitioners is available and free for PAMED members through the PAMED Store.

PAMED is continuing to work closely with BPOA to provide educational materials on PALS to physicians. PAMED will alert members of any new educational opportunities or resources. PAMED thanks BPOA for their assistance and looks forward to continued cooperation.  

PAMED will continue to monitor the implementation of the PALS system and share updates with PAMED members. 

The PALS Support Page provides answers to a number of the most common PALS questions asked by licensees. Additional PALS support can be obtained by contacting BPOA at 717-787-8503. Listen closely to the prompts and choose the option that best summarizes your PALS issue(s).

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