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Physician Assistant Practice Act W.Va.Code§30-3E is the new WV state law passed by the legislature on March 8th during the 2014 legislative session. This gives one law that both the WV Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathy share when dealing with law and rule making when it comes to PAs. Here are some of the highlights of the changes that come into effect on June 6th, 2014:
You may get a license without first having a job! However, you may not practice until a practice agreement is in place between you and your supervising physician.
Practice Agreements will take the place of job descriptions. You will be able to file a board compliant practice agreement with an appropriate fee. You may not practice until approval is received from the respective board.
Supervising physicians may supervise up to 5 PAs at a time or in a hospital or ambulatory surgical facility setting, no more than five physician assistants per shift.
Script privileges are tied to license and no longer requires 2 year waiting period. They do have to be delegated by the supervising physician in the practice agreement.
There is a Summer Camp/Volunteer endorsement License now for in & out-of-state PAs.
To read the PA Practice Act in its entirety, click here.
WV Board of Medicine:
The WV Board of Medicine has created rules and has also made some amendments to those rules to enhance and decrease some barriers to PA practice in WV. We thank the WV BOM and its PA Committee for all the hard work and dedication put forth working on the new law and rules!
We recommend you read and familiarize yourselves with these new rules at the WV BOM website or the WV Secretary of State website.
WV Board of Osteopathy:
The WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine has also created rules based off of the law. We thank the WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine and its PA Committee for the hard work and effort put forth on the new law and rules! We recommend all Osteopathic PAs read and familiarize with themselves with the new rules. Please click here to find a copy of them.