This filing was published in the 06/15/2009, issue, Vol. 2009, No. 12, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing
Physician Assistant Practice Act Rules
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 32680
Filed: 05/18/2009, 03:11
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The Division and the Physician Assistant Licensing Board reviewed this rule and determined that changes needed to be made.
Summary of the rule or change:
Throughout the rule the term "rules" has been changed to "rule" where applicable. In Section R156-70a-304, amendments are made in this section with respect to continuing education to clarify the expectations and requirements for obtaining continuing education. The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing is also added as an approved provider for continuing education.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Section 58-70a-101 and Subsections 58-1-106(1)(a) and 58-1-202(1)(a)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The Division will incur minimal costs of approximately $50 to print and distribute the rule once the proposed amendments are made effective. Any costs incurred will be absorbed in the Division's current budget.
The proposed amendments only apply to licensed physician assistants and applicants for licensure as a physician assistant. As a result, the proposed amendments do not apply to local governments.
small businesses and persons other than businesses:
The proposed amendments only apply to licensed physician assistants and applicants for licensure in that classification. Licensees and applicants for licensure may work in a small business; however, the proposed amendments would not directly affect the business. As a result of the proposed amendments, licensees will now have an additional option with respect to obtaining required continuing education hours as a result of the Division being added as an approved continuing education provider. Licensees may see minimal savings in continuing education costs as a result of the Division now providing continuing education training for the profession. However, any exact amount of savings is unable to be determined.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The proposed amendments only apply to licensed physician assistants and applicants for licensure in that classification. As a result of the proposed amendments, licensees will now have an additional option with respect to obtaining required continuing education hours as a result of the Division being added as an approved continuing education provider. Licensees may see minimal savings in continuing education costs as a result of the Division now providing continuing education training for the profession. However, any exact amount of savings is unable to be determined.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
This rule filing permits the Division to provide continuing education and clarifies the continuing education standards. As discussed in the rule summary, these changes will likely result in a cost savings to licensees. No other fiscal impact to businesses is anticipated. Francine A. Giani, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Commerce
Occupational and Professional Licensing
HEBER M WELLS BLDG
160 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84111-2316
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Noel Taxin at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6621, by FAX at 801-530-6511, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:
6/17/2009 at 9:00 AM, Heber Wells Bldg, 160 E 300 S, Conference Room 475 (fourth floor), Salt Lake City, UT
This rule may become effective on:
Thad LeVar, Deputy Director
R156. Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing.
R156-70a. Physician Assistant Practice Act Rule[
These rules are] known as
the "Physician Assistant Practice Act Rule[ s]".
In addition to the definitions in Title 58, Chapters
1 and 70a, as used in th[
(1) "Full time equivalent" or "FTE" means the equivalent of 2,080 hours of staff time for a one-year period.
(2) "Locum tenens" means a medical practice situation in which one physician assistant acts as a temporary substitute for the physician assistant who regularly will or does practice in that particular setting.
(3) "On-site supervision", as used in Section R156-70a-501, means the physician assistant will be working in the same location as the supervising physician.
R156-70a-103. Authority - Purpose.
These rules are] adopted
by the division under the authority of Subsection 58-1-106(1)(a) to enable the
division to administer Title 58, Chapter 70a.
R156-70a-303. Renewal Cycle - Procedures.
(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-1-308(1), the renewal date for the two-year renewal cycle applicable to licensees under Title 58, Chapter 70a is established by rule in Section R156-1-308.
(2) Renewal procedures shall be in accordance with Section R156-1-308.
R156-70a-304. Continuing Education.
In accordance with Subsection 58-70a-304(1)(a), the requirements for qualified continuing professional education (CPE) are as follows:
(1) CPE shall
consist of 40 hours in each preceding two year licensure cycle[
category 1 offerings as
established by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
approved programs sponsored by the American Academy of Physician
Assistants (AAPA); or
programs approved by other health-related continuing education approval
organizations, provided the continuing education is nationally recognized by a
healthcare accredited agency and the education is related to the practice as a
(2) If requested, the licensee shall provide documentation of
completed qualified continuing professional education by any of the following
means: (a) certificates from sponsoring agencies; (b) transcripts of participation on applicable institutions
letterhead; or (c) copy of current national certification by NCCPA.
A licensee shall be responsible for maintaining competent records of
completed continuing professional education for a period of four years after
close of the two year period to which the records pertain. It is the responsibility of the licensee to
maintain such information with respect to continuing professional education and
to demonstrate it meets the requirements under this section.
Continuing professional education for licensees who have not been
licensed for the entire two year period will be prorated from the date of
KEY: licensing, physician assistants
Date of Enactment or
Last Substantive Amendment: [
Notice of Continuation: February 27, 2007
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 58-70a-101; 58-1-106(1)(a); 58-1-202(1)(a)
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