South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024

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H. 5183

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. M.M. Smith, West, Hewitt, Chapman, B. Newton, Hiott, Sessions, Pope, Davis, Gagnon, Thayer and Carter
Companion/Similar bill(s): 1074
Document Path: LC-0638WAB24.docx

Introduced in the House on February 28, 2024
Introduced in the Senate on April 2, 2024
Last Amended on March 28, 2024
Passed by the General Assembly on May 9, 2024

Summary: Certified medical assistants and unlicensed assistive personnel

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date Body Action Description with journal page number
2/28/2024 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 125)
2/28/2024 House Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 125)
2/29/2024 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Carter
3/27/2024 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 25)
3/28/2024 House Amended (House Journal-page 60)
3/28/2024 House Read second time (House Journal-page 60)
3/28/2024 House Roll call Yeas-107 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 61)
3/28/2024 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (House Journal-page 63)
3/29/2024 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 5)
4/2/2024 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 23)
4/2/2024 Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs (Senate Journal-page 23)
4/2/2024 Scrivener's error corrected
5/8/2024 Senate Recalled from Committee on Medical Affairs (Senate Journal-page 5)
5/8/2024 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 162)
5/8/2024 Senate Roll call Ayes-44 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 163)
5/8/2024 Senate Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (Senate Journal-page 163)
5/9/2024 Senate Read third time and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 139)
5/15/2024 Ratified R 232
5/21/2024 Signed By Governor

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/28/2024
3/27/2024
3/28/2024
4/2/2024
5/8/2024


NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(R232, H5183)

AN ACT TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 40-47-20, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF A CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT, SO AS TO REVISE THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 40-47-196, RELATING TO THE DELEGATION OF NURSING TASKS TO UNLICENSED ASSISTIVE PERSONNEL BY CERTAIN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, SO AS TO DESIGNATE ADDITIONAL NURSING TASKS THAT MAY BE DELEGATED.

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

Certified medical assistants, qualifications revised

SECTION 1.    Section 40-47-20(57) of the S.C. Code is amended to read:

(57) "Certified medical assistant" or "CMA" means a person who:

(1) has completed:

(a) a medical assisting education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or its successor, by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools or its successor, or by any accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, and which must include courses or components in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, medical laboratory techniques, and clinical experience, provided the clinical experience component may be satisfied through an individual's work experience with a health care employer;

(b) a Career and Technical Education Health Sciences Program approved by the South Carolina Department of Education;

(c) a medical assisting program provided by a branch of the United States military;

(d) a medical assisting United States Department of Labor-approved Registered Apprenticeship program; or

(e) a training program that is delivered, in whole or in part, by a health care employer that aligns to a nationally accredited certification exam; and

(2) a person who has complied with the provisions of subitem (1) and maintains current certification from a certifying body offering a certification program that is:

(a) approved by the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Nursing; and

(b) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or other accreditation body recognized by the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Nursing. The term "certified medical assistant" or "CMA" also includes medical assistants who have maintained certification from one of the certifying entities in subitem (2) of this section since January 1, 2020, and individuals employed as certified medical assistants as of the effective date of this act who do not meet the education or training requirements required in this item, but who meet those requirements no later than July 15, 2026.

Unlicensed assistive personnel, supervised nursing tasks allowed

SECTION 2.    Section 40-47-196(C) of the S.C. Code is amended to read:

(C)(1) A physician or physician assistant, pursuant to the physician assistant's scope of practice guidelines, may delegate nursing tasks to UAP under the supervision of the physician or physician assistant. Such nursing tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) meeting patients' needs for personal hygiene;

(b) meeting patients' needs relating to nutrition;

(c) meeting patients' needs relating to ambulation;

(d) meeting patients' needs relating to elimination;

(e) taking vital signs;

(f) maintaining asepsis;

(g) collecting specimens (urine, stool, sputum);

(h) point of care testing and screening tests;

(i) recording information;

(j) performing nonclinical tasks via telemedicine; and

(k) observing, recording, or reporting any of the nursing tasks enumerated in this subsection.

(2) Pursuant to the APRN's practice agreement, he may delegate any of the above nursing tasks to a UAP.

Time effective

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

Ratified the 15th day of May, 2024.

______________________________________________________________________

President of the Senate

_____________________________________________________________________

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Approved the _____________ day of _________________________________________2024.

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Governor

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