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Bill Number: 367 Ratification Number: 174 Act Number 124 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: Representation of physicians' assistants at meetings of the State Board of Medical Examiners
(A124, R174, S367)
AN ACT TO REAUTHORIZE THE STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS FOR SIX YEARS; AMEND SECTION 40-47-25, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REPRESENTATION OF PHYSICIANS' ASSISTANTS AT MEETINGS OF THE BOARD, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE BOARD TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF ADMINISTERING ITS OWN EXAMINATION FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT'S COMPETENCY PRIOR TO ISSUING A TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT CERTIFICATE; AUTHORIZE THE BOARD TO IMPOSE AN EXAMINATION FEE TO COVER THE COSTS AND EXPENSES OF ADMINISTERING THE EXAMINATION; AND AUTHORIZE A SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN, IF EMPLOYED IN A PUBLICLY SUPPORTED OR CHARITABLE INSTITUTION PROVIDING FREE OR REDUCED-FEE SERVICES, TO SUPERVISE MORE THAN ONE PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT UNDER ARRANGEMENTS APPROVED BY THE BOARD.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The State Board of Medical Examiners is reauthorized for six years.
Representation of physician's assistants; examination
SECTION 2. Section 40-47-25 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 40-47-25. (A) A representative of the South Carolina Academy of Physicians' Assistants has the privilege of attendance at all meetings of the State Board of Medical Examiners (board) and must be permitted to speak to matters affecting physicians' assistants. However, this representative is not a member of the board and is not entitled to vote.
(B) The board shall explore the possibility of administering its own examination for purposes of determining a physician's assistant's competency prior to issuing a temporary or permanent certificate. The board is authorized to impose an examination fee to cover the costs and expenses of administering this examination.
(C) If a supervising physician is employed in a publicly-supported or charitable institution providing free or reduced-fee services, the board may authorize the physician to supervise more than one physician's assistant under arrangements approved by the board."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.