Last Updated: Jun 7, 2019
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is closely monitoring Senate Bill (SB) 698 and SB 699, which would allow a physician to appoint a designee to assist in the online completion of physician assistant supervisory agreements through the Pennsylvania Department of State's (DOS) new online PALS licensing system. Physicians would still be required to review and approve the electronic submission of the agreement.
Supervisory agreements are currently submitted through a manual paper process. DOS will soon be transitioning to an online process utilizing PALS. The online process developed would require physicians to personally enter supervisory agreements into PALS. The proposed legislation would allow a designee, such as office staff, to assist in entering this information into PALS. Designees are not currently permitted to access PALS on a licensee's behalf.
It is important to note that the legislation does not eliminate the requirement that physicians must review and, ultimately sign off on, any written supervisory agreements. These proposals simply provide physicians with the same flexibility with the PALS system that they had with the previous manual submission process through DOS.
PAMED is working with Sen. Gordner, prime sponsor of the bills, to ensure that legislative language is limited to delegation.
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