Nebraska Revised Statute 38-2047

Chapter 38 Section 2047

38-2047.

Physician assistants; services performed; supervision requirements.

(1) A physician assistant may perform medical services that (a) are delegated by and provided under the supervision of a licensed physician, (b) are appropriate to the level of competence of the physician assistant, (c) form a component of the supervising physician's scope of practice, and (d) are not otherwise prohibited by law.

(2) A physician assistant shall be considered an agent of his or her supervising physician in the performance of practice-related activities delegated by the supervising physician, including, but not limited to, ordering diagnostic, therapeutic, and other medical services.

(3) Each physician assistant and his or her supervising physician shall be responsible to ensure that (a) the scope of practice of the physician assistant is identified, (b) the delegation of medical tasks is appropriate to the level of competence of the physician assistant, (c) the relationship of and access to the supervising physician is defined, and (d) a process for evaluation of the performance of the physician assistant is established.

(4) A physician assistant may pronounce death and may complete and sign death certificates and any other forms if such acts are within the scope of practice of the physician assistant, are delegated by his or her supervising physician, and are not otherwise prohibited by law.

(5) In order for a physician assistant to practice in a hospital, (a) his or her supervising physician shall be a member of the medical staff of the hospital, (b) the physician assistant shall be approved by the governing board of the hospital, and (c) the physician assistant shall comply with applicable hospital policies, including, but not limited to, reasonable requirements that the physician assistant and the supervising physician maintain professional liability insurance with such coverage and limits as established by the governing board of the hospital.

(6) For physician assistants with less than two years of experience, the department, with the recommendation of the board, shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations establishing minimum requirements for the personal presence of the supervising physician, stated in hours or percentage of practice time, and may provide different minimum requirements for the personal presence of the supervising physician based on the geographic location of the supervising physician's primary and other practice sites and other factors the board deems relevant.

(7) A physician assistant may render services in a setting geographically remote from the supervising physician, except that a physician assistant with less than two years of experience shall comply with standards of supervision established in rules and regulations adopted and promulgated under the Medicine and Surgery Practice Act. The board may consider an application for waiver of the standards and may waive the standards upon a showing of good cause by the supervising physician. The department may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations establishing minimum requirements for such waivers.

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Cross References

  • Liability limitations:
  • Malpractice, Nebraska Hospital-Medical Liability Act, see section 44-2801 et seq.
  • Rendering emergency aid, see section 25-21,186.