Notice of Intended Action

Care facilities—physician assistants, 57.6(2)“a,” 65.1, 71.8(3)“a”(3)

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to physician assistants

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Inspections and Appeals Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 57, "Residential Care Facilities," Chapter 65, "Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Illness (ICF/PMI)," and Chapter 71, "Subacute Mental Health Care Facilities," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 10A.104.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2022 Iowa Acts, House File 803.

Purpose and Summary

The proposed amendments update rules in accordance with changes included in 2022 Iowa Acts, House File 803. This legislation required agencies that adopt rules pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 17A providing a power, privilege, right, or duty to a physician licensed under Chapter 148 to also provide the same power, privilege, right, or duty to a physician assistant licensed under Chapter 148C, to be consistent with the scope of practice of the physician assistant as specified therein.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


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 Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 481—Chapter 6.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on February 14, 2023. Comments should be directed to:

Ashleigh Hackel

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals

Lucas State Office Building

321 East 12th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

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 actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend paragraph 57.6(2)"a" as follows:

a. Definition. For purposes of this rule, the following term shall have the meaning indicated.

"Qualified intellectual disability professional" means a psychologist, physician, physician assistant, registered nurse, educator, social worker, physical or occupational therapist, speech therapist or audiologist who meets the educational requirements for the profession, as required in the state of Iowa, and has one year's experience working with persons with an intellectual disability.

Item 2. Amend rule 481—65.1(135C), definition of "Qualified mental health professional (QMHP)," as follows:

"Qualified mental health professional (QMHP)" means a person who:

1.Holds at least a master's degree in a mental health field, including but not limited to: psychology, counseling and guidance, nursing and social work; or is a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine and surgery (D.O.) or a physician assistant; and

2.Holds a current Iowa license when required by the Iowa licensure law; and

3.Has at least two years of postdegree experience, supervised by a mental health professional, in assessing mental problems and needs of individuals and in providing appropriate mental health services for those individuals. See rule 481—65.4(135C) for variance waiver procedures.

Item 3. Amend subparagraph 71.8(3)"a"(3) as follows:

(3)Requires consultation with the attending physician, or designee of the physician, physician assistant, or advanced registered nurse practitioner who determines, in writing, on a form designated by the department, that an injury is a "major injury" based upon the circumstances of the accident, the previous functional ability of the resident, and the resident's prognosis;

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 2/14/2023.

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Rule 481-57.6(2)"a" Rule 481-65.1 Rule 481-65.4 Rule 481-71.8(3)"a"


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