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FAQ - Board of Medicine & PA Council

Where can I find the Florida Statutes pertaining to practice as a physician assistant in Florida?

When should I call the Board of Medicine or PA Council?

How can I find out who is currently listed as a supervising physician in my file with the Board of Medicine?

 

 Where can I find the Florida Statutes pertaining to practice as a physician assistant in Florida?

It may seem complex but physician assistants come under several laws to regulate our practice. We fall under the Medical Practice Act, Florida Statute (F.S.) 458.347 and the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act, F.S. 459.022. These two statutes set forth the laws that govern physician assistant practice. Both of these statutes defer to the Council on Physician Assistants which consists of five members who represent the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Department of Health, and a physician assistant to represent the PA community. The Council makes recommendations regarding licensure by the Boards, and develops rules and regulations regarding PA practice and all matters relating to physician assistants.

In addition to the Florida statutes, there is the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), 64B8-30, F.A.C. for the Board of Medicine, and 64B15-6, F.A.C. for the Osteopathic Board of Medicine. The F.A.C. further defines the rules under which physician assistants practice. It details the regulations for licensure and renewal, change in employment, dispensing drugs, the formulary content, requirements for approval of training programs, physician assistant performance, disciplinary guidelines, and fees regarding physician assistants.

To further muddy the issue, if a physician assistant practices in a health department setting, the regulations set forth in F.S. 154.04(1)(c) apply as well. This statute requires physician assistants and nurse practitioners in that setting to practice under a written protocol. Physician assistants practicing in any other setting DO NOT require any written protocols.

The Department of health has recently updated their website. The site has some very good information now. The home page for material related to the physician assistant licensing, laws, rules and and regulations can be found at the following link: Florida Department of Health - Physician Assistants.

 

A more direct link to the Florida PA statutes  can be found here.

A direct link to the rules and regulations of the Florida Administrative Code (FAC) PA chapter can be found at: Links to FAC - Physician Assistants.

 

When should I call the Board of Medicine or PA Council?

If you need to get application forms for a license, prescribing privileges, or a change in supervising physicians, you can get these sent to you by calling the PA council and following the directions on their automated system. You can also get a copy of the state regulations pertaining to the PA practice act through this system. In addition click here to download any Florida form directly from the state website. If you are having problems you may consult with any of the FAPA officers, Regional Directors, or the Executive Director to get advice on how best to handle the situation. Usually one of these people will know the answer, or at the least know where to refer you for assistance. 

 

How can I find out who is currently listed as a supervising physician in my file with the Board of Medicine?

You can check to see who is on file with the state as one of your supervising physicians by checking the Florida Department of Health website. Here is a link to that site: Florida Department of Health - Physician Assistants

Type in your name and license number and your file should appear. Then click on the tab for Supervising Practitioners and you will see the active supervising physicians on your file.

If it is not correct then you will need to submit a Supervision Data Form to add or delete physicians as appropriate.

Click here for the Supervision Data Form.

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