2015 Kentucky Revised Statutes
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Approval of supervising physician -- Requirements -- Application -Number of assistants -- Restrictions on practice and supervision.
A physician shall not supervise a physician assistant without approval of the board.
Failure to obtain board approval as a supervising physician or failure to comply
with the requirements of KRS 311.840 to 311.862 or related administrative
regulations shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall be subject to
disciplinary action by the board that may include revocation, suspension, restriction,
or placing on probation the supervising physician's right to supervise a physician
To be approved by the board as a supervising physician, a physician shall:
(a) Be currently licensed and in good standing with the board;
(b) Maintain a practice primarily within this Commonwealth. The board in its
discretion may modify or waive this requirement;
(c) Submit a completed application and the required fee to the board. The
application shall include but is not limited to:
A description of the nature of the physician's practice;
A statement of assurance by the supervising physician that the scope of
medical services and procedures described in the application or in any
supplemental information shall not exceed the normal scope of practice
of the supervising physician;
A description of the means by which the physician shall maintain
communication with the physician assistant when they are not in the
same physical location;
The name, address, and area of practice of one (1) or more physicians
who agree in writing to accept responsibility for supervising the
physician assistant in the absence of the supervising physician; and
A description of the scope of medical services and procedures to be
performed by the physician assistant for which the physician assistant
has been trained in an approved program.
Prior to a physician assistant performing any service or procedure beyond those
described in the initial application submitted to the board under subsection (2)(c) of
this section, the supervising physician shall supplement that application with
information that includes but is not limited to:
(a) A description of the additional service or procedure;
(b) A description of the physician assistant's education, training, experience, and
(c) A description of the level of supervision to be provided for the additional
service or procedure; and
(d) The location or locations where the additional service or procedure will be
The initial and supplemental applications required under this section may be
submitted to the board at the same time.
A physician who has been supervising a physician assistant prior to July 15, 2002,
may continue supervision and the physician assistant may continue to perform all
medical services and procedures that were provided by the physician assistant prior
to July 15, 2002. The supervising physician shall submit the initial application and
any supplemental application as required in this section by October 15, 2002.
A physician may enter into supervision agreements with no more than four (4)
physician assistants and shall not supervise more than four (4) physician assistants
at any one (1) time. Application for board approval to be a supervising physician
shall be obtained individually for each physician assistant.
The board may impose restrictions on the scope of practice of a physician assistant
or on the methods of supervision by the supervising physician upon consideration of
recommendations of the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee established in
KRS 311.842 after providing the applicant with reasonable notice of its intended
action and after providing a reasonable opportunity to be heard.
Effective: June 24, 2015
History: Amended 2015 Ky. Acts ch. 123, sec. 1, effective June 24, 2015. -- Created
2002 Ky. Acts ch. 130, sec. 30, effective July 15, 2002.
CHAPTER 311 - PHYSICIANS, OSTEOPATHS, PODIATRISTS, AND RELATED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
311.854 Approval of supervising physician -- Requirements -- Application -- Number of assistants -- Restrictions on practice and supervision.
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