South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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S. 503

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General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Hutto
Document Path: l:\council\bills\rt\17957wab21.docx

Introduced in the Senate on January 28, 2021
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs

Summary: Physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/28/2021  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 5)
   1/28/2021  Senate  Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs 
                        (Senate Journal-page 5)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/28/2021

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A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 40-33-34, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MEDICAL ACTS THAT ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES MAY PERFORM, SO AS TO INCLUDE ISSUING ORDERS FOR CERTAIN HOME HEALTH SERVICES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-935, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO MEDICAL ACTS THAT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS MAY PERFORM, SO AS TO INCLUDE ISSUING ORDERS FOR CERTAIN HOME HEALTH SERVICES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 40-33-34(D)(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 87 of 2019, is further amended to read:

    "(2)    Notwithstanding any provisions of state law other than this chapter and Chapter 47, and to the extent permitted by federal law, an APRN may perform the following medical acts unless otherwise provided in the practice agreement:

        (a)    provide noncontrolled prescription drugs at an entity that provides free medical care for indigent patients;

        (b)    certify that a student is unable to attend school but may benefit from receiving instruction given in his home or hospital;

        (c)    refer a patient to physical therapy for treatment;

        (d)    pronounce death, certify the manner and cause of death, and sign death certificates pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 63, Title 44 and Chapter 8, Title 32;

        (e)    issue an order for a patient to receive appropriate services from a licensed hospice as defined in Chapter 71, Title 44;

        (f)    certify that an individual is handicapped and declare that the handicap is temporary or permanent for purposes of the individual's application for a placard; and

        (g)    execute a do not resuscitate order pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 78, Title 44; and

        (h)    issue an order for home health services pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 69, Title 44."

SECTION    2.    Section 40-47-935(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 32 of 2019, is further amended to read:

    "(B)    Notwithstanding any provisions of state law other than this chapter, and to the extent permitted by federal law, a PA may perform the following medical acts unless otherwise provided in the scope of practice guidelines:

        (1)    provide noncontrolled prescription drugs at an entity that provides free medical care for indigent patients;

        (2)    certify that a student is unable to attend school but may benefit from receiving instruction given in his home or hospital;

        (3)    refer a patient to physical therapy for treatment;

        (4)    pronounce death, certify the manner and cause of death, and sign death certificates pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 63, Title 44 and Chapter 8, Title 32;

        (5)    issue an order for a patient to receive appropriate services from a licensed hospice as defined in Chapter 71, Title 44;

        (6)    certify that an individual is handicapped and declare that the handicap is temporary or permanent for the purposes of the individual's application for a placard; and

        (7)    execute a do not resuscitate order pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 78, Title 44; and

        (8)    issue an order for home health services pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 69, Title 44."

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval of the Governor.

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