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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 45, PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 9: State Board of Medical Examiners; advisory committee.
Section: 45:9-27.17: Physician's responsibility for assistant.
8. a. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2015, c.224)
b. Any physician who permits a physician assistant under the physician's supervision to practice contrary to the provisions of P.L.1991, c.378 (C.45:9-27.10 et seq.) shall be deemed to have engaged in professional misconduct in violation of subsection e. of section 8 of P.L.1978, c.73 (C.45:1-21) and shall be subject to disciplinary action by the board pursuant to P.L.1978, c.73 (C.45:1-14 et seq.);
c. In the performance of all practice-related activities, including, but not limited to, the ordering of diagnostic, therapeutic, and other medical services, a physician assistant shall be conclusively presumed to be the agent of the physician under whose supervision the physician assistant is practicing.
d. A physician who supervises a physician assistant may maintain a written delegation agreement with the physician assistant. A physician assistant shall sign a separate written agreement with each physician who delegates medical services in accordance with the provisions of subsection d. of section 7 of P.L.1991, c.378 (C.45:9-27.16). However, a written delegation agreement may be executed by a single-specialty physician practice, provided it is signed by all of the delegating physicians supervising the physician assistant. In the case of a multi-specialty physician practice, a written delegation agreement may be executed for each physician specialty within the practice, provided it is signed by all of the delegating physicians supervising the physician assistant in that specialty area. Nothing in this section shall authorize the execution of a global written delegation agreement between a physician assistant and a multi-specialty physician practice. The agreement shall:
(1) state that the physician will exercise supervision over the physician assistant in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1991, c.378 (C.45:9-27.10 et seq.) and any rules adopted by the board;
(2) be signed and dated annually by the physician and the physician assistant, and updated as necessary to reflect any changes in the practice or the physician assistant's role in the practice; and
(3) be kept on file at the practice site, be provided to the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee, and be kept on file by the committee.
e. The delegation agreement shall include, but need not be limited to, the following provisions:
(1) The physician assistant's role in the practice, including any specific aspects of care that require prior consultation with the supervising physician;
(2) A determination of whether the supervising physician requires personal review of all charts and records of patients and countersignature by the supervising physician of all medical services performed under the delegation agreement, including prescribing and administering medication as authorized under section 10 of P.L.1991, c.378 (C.45:9-27.19). This provision shall state the specified time period in which a review and countersignature shall be completed by the supervising physician. If no review and countersignature is necessary, the agreement must specifically state such provision; and
(3) The locations of practice where the physician assistant may practice under the delegation agreement, including licensed facilities in which the physician authorizes the physician assistant to provide medical services.
L.1991, c.378, s.8; amended 2015, c.224, s.5.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2016-02-03 09:13:14.
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