On May 14th, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed HB 5515, legislation that will improve Connecticut’s Physician Assistant Practice Act, the primary law governing the practice of medicine by PAs.
The new law eliminates Connecticut’s requirement that a physician signs a patient’s chart after a PA has seen the patient. In addition, physicians will now be able to determine the number of face to face meetings they want to schedule with PAs they supervise. Formerly, physicians had to meet with PAs once a week.
These two changes are components of the Six Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act, a guide developed by the American Academy of Physician Assistants to provide physician and PA teams the flexibility to meet the diverse needs of their patients.
This was a hard-earned victory for ConnAPA, which submitted its request to change the PA Practice law to a committee for review. After gaining approval from this Scope of Practice Review Committee, ConnAPA worked very closely with influential legislators in the House and Senate.