CAPA’s Sponsored Bill – SB 697 Still on Governor’s Desk Awaiting Signature

SB 697 (Caballero) has made its way to Governor Newsom’s desk. Watch a short video of Senator Caballero presenting the bill on the Senate floor on September 11, 2019. This was the last stop before going to the Governor. SB 697 is landmark legislation for California PAs. The deadline for the Governor to sign or veto bills is October 13, 2019.

PAs are professionals. You have earned your own scope. You are a highly educated, responsible medical provider. You know what you are professionally prepared to do, but also know when to seek help and know what you shouldn’t do. You know when to consult with a physician(s) and/or other professionals on the healthcare team. Each individual practice should determine the level of PA supervision. If SB 697 passes, each practice will determine how PAs function within their four walls, like it is done with NPs. The physicians who work with PAs in those four walls will determine how supervision occurs within their practice, like they do when they work with NPs.

If SB 697 is signed by the Governor, PA practice will be streamlined by removing a number of administrative barriers, including ending a Delegation of Services Agreement with a specific physician. Like NPs, instead, there will be an agreement in place with the practice. This agreement may be as broad or narrow as the practice deems appropriate based on the education, experience and competency of the PA(s). This is a much more effective and careful way to ensure that PAs and physicians are providing the best care for their patients. Additional requirements will also end, such as the requirement that the name of a physician appear on your prescription – like NPs, and the elimination of the requirements for chart co-signature and medical record review – like NPs.

13 comments on “CAPA’s Sponsored Bill – SB 697 Still on Governor’s Desk Awaiting Signature

  • August 21, 2019 at 8:13 pm
    Javier Burboa

    Excellent news! We definitely as PA’s have deserved our own scope.

  • August 22, 2019 at 10:35 am
    Elizabeth Soria

    Thank you for continuing to improve our profession.

  • September 2, 2019 at 9:00 am
    Tiffany Freeman

    I am concerned about the bill allowing “other health care providers”, to become involved in the coordination of care for patients. Section 3500 of the bill opens the door for other non MD providers to insert themselves into the clinical practice and can disrupt the core benefit of the PA model. Part of the reason I became a PA was because I believed in our model. I agree that we need to change some things in order to stay competitive such as co signatures , decreasing liability for MD’s , general practice agreements etc, however allowing other entities to become involved in the PA/MD medical practice is not what I signed up for. We work with all different types of medical professions, techs, cna’s , NP’s etc. We don’t have to put in our practicing laws to say something that we already do. If we are trying to let another entity control what we do, then we do need to put in our laws. So therefore I am totally against other non MD professionals and administrators a pathway in our laws to become involved in how we practice medicine. I am urging the board to have this type of language throughout the bill to be removed. I don’t think other providers have such language in their laws so why do we? Did the CAPA board vote to approve this language? If not who is deciding what is going in the bill?

  • September 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    charles sangmoah

    It is a reasonable proposition for all mid-level practitioners to be regarded by the same guidelines.

  • September 3, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    Jacqueline Julty

    As a Physician Assistant, I urge that the State Legislature move to put PAs on equal footing with NPs by removing barriers for improving the PA scope of practice.

    Thank you.

  • September 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm
    Mary Ann Stahovich, PA-C, MHP

    This would be crucial in improving health care access, especially in underserved areas.

  • September 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm
    Donell Deremer

    Make it so. PAs are more than competent and deserving.

  • September 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm
    Andres Bravo

    I do believe it is time for this to happen. Thanks for expediting it into law.

  • September 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm
    Josi Santana PA-C

    We PA-C s practice no different nor with less meaningful and professional ability to provide quality care to patients as NPs do

  • September 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    Duc tran

    Please support sb 697
    Thank you

  • September 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    Robert M Harris IV PA-

    important step in easing accessibility to health care

  • September 13, 2019 at 11:25 am
    Cecilia Amajoyi

    Excellent ! SB 697 is a great legislature for PA(s) to have. It is a much needed tool for Physician Assistant profession.

  • September 15, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    Daniel Brady DC, PA-C, APH

    Go California! Glad to see the continued effort towards more independence!! Hopefully Nevada will adopt similar laws 🙂 we also need to educate our own DO’s and MDs on our scope.. We must change our title.. it doesn’t represent us well.

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