Bill Text: MS HB798 | 2019 | Regular Session | Enrolled


Bill Title: Physician Assistants; delete repealer on authority for issuance of temporary license to applicants in master's degree program.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2019-03-21 - Approved by Governor [HB798 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2019-HB798-Enrolled.html

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2019 Regular Session

To: Public Health and Human Services

By: Representatives White, Dixon, Sykes, Willis

House Bill 798

(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 73-26-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DELETE THE REPEALER ON THE PROVISION THAT AUTHORIZES THE ISSUANCE OF A TEMPORARY LICENSE TO APPLICANTS FOR LICENSURE AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT WHO MEET ALL LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS EXCEPT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE UPON PROOF OF ENROLLMENT IN A MASTER'S PROGRAM THAT WILL MEET THE MASTER'S DEGREE REQUIREMENT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

     BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

     SECTION 1.  Section 73-26-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     73-26-3.  (1)  The State Board of Medical Licensure shall license and regulate the practice of physician assistants in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

     (2)  All physician assistants who are employed as physician assistants by a Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility, a branch of the United States military or the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and who are practicing as physician assistants in a federal facility in Mississippi on July 1, 2000, and those physician assistants who trained in a Mississippi physician assistant program and have been continuously practicing as a physician assistant in Mississippi since 1976, shall be eligible for licensure if they submit an application for licensure to the board by December 31, 2000.  Physician assistants licensed under this subsection will be eligible for license renewal so long as they meet standard renewal requirements.

     (3)  Before December 31, 2004, applicants for physician assistant licensure, except those licensed under subsection (2) of this section, must be graduates of physician assistant educational programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs or its predecessor or successor agency, have passed the certification examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), have current NCCPA certification, and possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree.  Physician assistants meeting these licensure requirements will be eligible for license renewal so long as they meet standard renewal requirements.

     (4)  On or after December 31, 2004, applicants for physician assistant licensure must meet all of the requirements in subsection (3) of this section and, in addition, must have obtained a minimum of a master's degree in a health-related or science field.

     (5)  Applicants for licensure who meet all licensure requirements except for the master's degree may be granted a temporary license by the board so long as they can show proof of enrollment in a master's program that will, when completed, meet the master's degree requirement.  The temporary license will be valid for no longer than one (1) year, and may not be renewed.  * * *This subsection shall stand repealed on July 1, * * * 2019 2022.

     (6)  For new graduate physician assistants and all physician assistants receiving initial licenses in the state, except those licensed under subsection (2) of this section, supervision shall require the on-site presence of a supervising physician for one hundred twenty (120) days.

     (7)  To qualify for a Mississippi physician assistant license, an applicant must have successfully been cleared for licensure through an investigation that shall consist of a determination as to good moral character and verification that the prospective licensee is not guilty of or in violation of any statutory ground for denial of licensure.  To assist the board in conducting its licensure investigation, all applicants shall undergo a fingerprint-based criminal history records check of the Mississippi central criminal database and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history database.  Each applicant shall submit a full set of the applicant's fingerprints in a form and manner prescribed by the board, which shall be forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (department) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Identification Division for this purpose.

     Any and all state or national criminal history records information obtained by the board that is not already a matter of public record shall be deemed nonpublic and confidential information restricted to the exclusive use of the board, its members, officers, investigators, agents and attorneys in evaluating the applicant's eligibility or disqualification for licensure, and shall be exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983.  Except when introduced into evidence in a hearing before the board to determine licensure, no such information or records related thereto shall, except with the written consent of the applicant or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, be released or otherwise disclosed by the board to any other person or agency.

     The board shall provide to the department the fingerprints of the applicant, any additional information that may be required by the department, and a form signed by the applicant consenting to the check of the criminal records and to the use of the fingerprints and other identifying information required by the state or national repositories. 

     The board shall charge and collect from the applicant, in addition to all other applicable fees and costs, such amount as may be incurred by the board in requesting and obtaining state and national criminal history records information on the applicant.

     SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2019.


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