Notice of Intended Action

Supervision of physician assistants at remote medical sites, 21.4(6)

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MEDICINE BOARD[653]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to supervision of physician assistants and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Medicine Board hereby proposes to amend Chapter 21, "Physician Supervision of a Physician Assistant," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code chapters 147, 148 and 272C.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapters 147, 148 and 272C.

Purpose and Summary

This proposed rule making amends the minimum requirements for a physician who supervises a physician assistant at a remote medical site.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making will likely reduce the administrative costs associated with the supervision of a physician assistant at a remote medical site and increase access to health care services provided at remote medical sites. The rule making will likely have a positive fiscal impact, which is difficult to measure at this time.

Jobs Impact

This rule making will likely reduce the administrative burdens associated with the supervision of a physician assistant at a remote medical site and increase access to health care services provided at remote medical sites. The rule making will likely have a positive jobs impact, which is difficult to measure at this time.

Waivers

Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Board for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, pursuant to 653—Chapter 3 and rule 653—21.8(17A,147,148,272C).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Board no later than 4:30 p.m.on October 3, 2018. Comments should be directed to:

Kent M. Nebel

Iowa Board of Medicine

400 S.W. Eighth Street, Suite C

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Phone: 515.281.7088

Fax: 515.281.8641

Email: kent.nebel@iowa.gov

Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

October 3, 2018

Board Office

10 a.m.

400 S.W. Eighth Street, Suite C

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Board and advise of specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Amend subrule 21.4(6) as follows:

21.4(6) Remote medical site. The supervisory agreement shall include a provision which ensures that the supervising physician visits a remote medical site to provide additional medical direction, medical services and consultation at least every two weeks or less frequently as specified in unusual or emergency circumstances. When visits are less frequent than every two weeks in unusual or emergency circumstances, the physician shall notify the board in writing of these circumstances within 30 days. "Remote medical site" means a medical clinic for ambulatory patients which is away from the main practice location of a the supervising physician and in which a the supervising physician is present less than 50 percent of the time when the remote medical site is open. "Remote medical site" will not apply to nursing homes, patient homes, hospital outpatient departments, outreach clinics, or any location at which medical care is incidentally provided (e.g., diet center, free clinic, site for athletic physicals, jail facility). The supervisory agreement shall include a provision which ensures that the supervising physician visits the remote medical site, or communicates with a physician assistant at the remote medical site via electronic communications, at least every two weeks to provide additional medical direction, medical services and consultation specific to the medical services provided at the remote medical site. For purposes of this subrule, communication may consist of, but shall not be limited to, in-person meetings or two-way, interactive communication directly between the supervising physician and the physician assistant via the telephone, secure messaging, electronic mail, or chart review. The supervisory agreement shall also include a provision which ensures that at least one supervising physician meets in person, and documents the meeting, with the physician assistant at the remote medical site at least once every six months to evaluate and discuss the medical facilities, resources, and medical services provided at the remote medical site. The board shall only grant a waiver or variance of this provision if substantially equal protection of public health, safety, and welfare will be afforded by a means other than that prescribed in this rule.

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