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Substitute House Bill No. 5385

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-12

AN ACT CONCERNING PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 20-12d of the general statutes, as amended by section 4 of public act 95-271, is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows:

(NEW) (d) A physician assistant licensed under this chapter may make the actual determination and pronouncement of death of a patient, provided: (1) The death is an anticipated death; (2) the physician assistant attests to such pronouncement on the certificate of death; and (3) a physician or osteopathic physician licensed by the state of Connecticut certifies the death and signs the certificate of death within twenty-four hours of the pronouncement by the physician assistant.

Sec. 2. Section 20-12c of the general statutes, as amended by section 4 of public act 95-74 and section 3 of public act 95-271, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each physician assistant practicing in this state or participating in a resident physician assistant program shall have a clearly identified supervising physician who maintains the final responsibility for the care of patients and the performance of the physician assistant. No physician assistant issued a license or temporary permit by the department shall practice until such time as a supervising physician has been registered with the department. An individual may register with the department as a supervising physician provided he: (1) Possesses a current unrestricted license to practice medicine or osteopathy issued pursuant to this chapter or chapter 371; and (2) has submitted a completed application, on such forms as the department may require, with a fee of thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents. No physician or osteopathic physician shall function as a supervising physician unless so registered with the department. The department shall not register any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in this or any other state or territory.

(b) No physician or osteopathic physician shall function as a supervising physician for more than two FULL-TIME physician assistants concurrently, OR THE PART-TIME EQUIVALENT THEREOF unless such physician assistants are directly employed as staff of an institution licensed as a hospital pursuant to subsection (a) of section 19a-491 or are participating in a resident physician assistant program.

(c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the employment of physician assistants in a hospital or other health care facility where such physician assistants function under the direction of a supervising physician.

(d) A supervising physician shall notify the department in writing within thirty days of termination of a physician-physician assistant or osteopathic-physician assistant supervisory relationship. Nothing in this subsection shall relieve a supervising physician of his responsibility to report pursuant to section 20-12e AS AMENDED.

Approved April 29, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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