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  • If an investigator came to your practice today and asked you to produce all of the paperwork necessary to practice as a PA in California could you do it? We have it all in one central location broken down for easy access and easy understanding. CAPA Members: We are a phone call or an email away if you have questions after reviewing the material.
     
    A Quick Guide to PA Regulations
    CAPA Notes publication. Read More >>

    PA Practice Summary
     
    Delegation of Services Agreement  
    If asked to do so today, could you produce for an authorized agent a document clearly defining those duties delegated to you by your supervising physician? Read more »
     
    Medical Services Provided by Physician Assistants
    A PA may apply for licensure in California following the successful completion of a PA training program approved by the PAB and must pass the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) given by the NCCPA. Read more »

    Supervision Required
    This section lists the criteria for appropriate supervision of the PA. This describes what needs to be established in writing as part of a document commonly referred to as a Delegation of Service Agreement. Read more »
     
    Formulary & Protocols
    The use of the terms formulary and protocol in our PA laws and regulations has continued to cause some confusion regarding their application in the medical practice setting. Read more »
     
    Reimbursement
    Covered services for PAs include services performed by a PA within the scope of practice when the services would be a covered benefit if performed by a physician and surgeon. Read more >>
     
    Chart Cosignature
    In all cases, all charts of any patient cared for by a PA and for whom a Schedule II Controlled Substance was ordered, must be countersigned by a supervising physician within 7 days. Effective January 1, 2005, the law now states, in the Business and Professions Code: Read more »

    PAs in California Write Drug Orders
    The supervising physician must delegate authority to issue drug orders. This should be clearly stated in your Delegation of Services Agreement. Read more »
     
    DEA
    That bill requires that you obtain DEA registration in order to write drug orders for controlled substances. Read more »
     
    PAs as Independent Contractors
    A common question asked by PAs is whether they can structure their relationships with their supervising physicians or the organizations for which they work as independent contractors, rather than employees. Read more >>

    Licensure
    A PA may apply for licensure in California following the successful completion of a PA training program approved by the PAB and must pass the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) given by the NCCPA. Read more »

    PAs Exempt/Nonexempt
    One important issue to be aware of in connection with compensation is whether employed PAs are subject to wage and hour laws, or whether they enjoy “exempt status” with respect to such laws. Read more »

    Workers' Comp & Disability
    In 2001, CAPA was instrumental in passing AB 1194, allowing PAs to treat injured workers in California. Read more »
     
    PAs Supervising MAs
    CAPA frequently receives questions regarding PAs’ ability to supervise medical assistants (“MAs”). Read more »

    PA Legal Handbook
    Your knowledge of and adherence to the laws that govern PA practice in California are as important to your career as your knowledge of medicine is to patient care.  Read more>>
     
    Professional Liability Insurance
    CAPA announces new partnership and new choices for its members.  Read more »

    California PA Laws and Regulations
    Laws and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Physician Assistants issued by the Physician Assistant Board of the Medical Board of California. Read More >>

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