38-2050. Physician assistants; supervision; supervising physician; requirements; agreement.

(1) To be a supervising physician, a person shall:

(a) Be licensed to practice medicine and surgery under the Uniform Credentialing Act;

(b) Have no restriction imposed by the board on his or her ability to supervise a physician assistant; and

(c) Maintain an agreement with the physician assistant as provided in subsection (2) of this section.

(2)(a) An agreement between a supervising physician and a physician assistant shall (i) provide that the supervising physician will exercise supervision over the physician assistant in accordance with the Medicine and Surgery Practice Act and the rules and regulations adopted and promulgated under the act relating to such agreements, (ii) define the scope of practice of the physician assistant, (iii) provide that the supervising physician will retain professional and legal responsibility for medical services rendered by the physician assistant pursuant to such agreement, and (iv) be signed by the supervising physician and the physician assistant.

(b) The supervising physician shall keep the agreement on file at his or her primary practice site, shall keep a copy of the agreement on file at each practice site where the physician assistant provides medical services, and shall make the agreement available to the board and the department upon request.

(3) Supervision of a physician assistant by a supervising physician shall be continuous but shall not require the physical presence of the supervising physician at the time and place that the services are rendered.

(4) A supervising physician may supervise no more than four physician assistants at any one time. The board may consider an application for waiver of this limit and may waive the limit upon a showing that the supervising physician meets the minimum requirements for the waiver. The department may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations establishing minimum requirements for such waivers.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 101, § 6; R.S.Supp.,1973, § 85-179.09; Laws 1985, LB 132, § 6; Laws 1993, LB 316, § 3; R.S.1943, (2003), § 71-1,107.20; Laws 2007, LB463, § 708; Laws 2009, LB195, § 45.