Bill eases practice requirements for state physician assistants

Q&A with Terra Lord Parten

published in The Oklahoman | May 15, 2015

Earlier this month, Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that makes it easier for physician assistants to practice in Oklahoma, especially in rural areas and other remote-care settings.  Terra Parten, a healthcare attorney with McAfee & Taft, was interviewed by The Oklahoman about the new law, which the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants (OAPA) refers to as the “Oklahoma PA Practice Act Modernization Bill.”

“Senate Bill 753 makes it easier for physician assistants to practice in Oklahoma by eliminating the requirement that a supervising physician be on-site at least one day per week, so long as the supervising physician is available by telecommunication, and by removing the requirement that a physician assistant receive approval from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (OSBMLS) and have practiced for more than one year prior to practicing in a remote-care setting,” said Parten.

She went on to explain that the bill also provides supervising physicians with greater flexibility in establishing the appropriate scope of a PA’s practice and level of supervision needed, as well as resolves frequent questions that have arisen from ambiguous language contained in current laws.