PA Practice Authority Clarification

State regulators issue clarified guidelines for PA practice authority; gives wider latitude during Coronavirus crisis
 
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation today updated practice guidelines for PAs during the COVID-19 crisis and said that PAs providing medical care during emergency or disaster efforts can do so without having a collaborative agreement with a specific physician as long as they are doing so within their training, education and expertise.

The amended changes will allow Illinois hospitals and health care facilities to move existing PAs to different COVID-19 roles to help provide much needed medical care during the crisis. It will also allow PAs to immediately serve and work in facilities where they are not normally employed.

The Illinois Academy of PAs would like to thank Rep. Kathleen Willis, Assistant House Majority Leader, for working with the legislative committee to make this happen.

According to IDFPR legislative liaison Robert E. Dixon, here are the clarified guidelines:

“In the guidance issued on April 6, 2020 regarding physician assistants, the Department cited the following Section7(b) of the Physician Assistant Practice Act (the “Act”), physician assistants licensed in Illinois or another US jurisdiction who are responding to the need for medical care during an emergency or declared disaster can provide that medical care with or without a collaborative agreement.
 
“As it relates to a physician assistant providing medical care under their current collaborative agreement, those terms are not suspended and a licensed physician assistant should continue to serve and practice under that agreement when serving in that capacity. However, if a physician assistant chooses to assist with the current COVID pandemic either as a volunteer or employee, that licensee can provide medical care with or without a collaborative agreement. If a licensee is providing care outside of their collaborative agreement, that care should be within their training, experience and education.”
 
The original guidance can be found here:
https://www.idfpr.com/Forms/COVID19/5-Guidance%20to%20Illinois-Licensed%20Physician%20Assistants%20Regarding%20COVID-19.pdf