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Public Act 096-0070




Public Act 096-0070
SB1487 Enrolled LRB096 07711 ASK 17812 b

    AN ACT concerning professional regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987 is
amended by changing Section 7 as follows:
    (225 ILCS 95/7)  (from Ch. 111, par. 4607)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 7. Supervision requirements.
    (a) No more than 2 physician assistants shall be supervised
by the supervising physician, although a physician assistant
shall be able to hold more than one professional position. Each
supervising physician shall file a notice of supervision of
such physician assistant according to the rules of the
Department. However, the alternate supervising physician may
supervise more than 2 physician assistants when the supervising
physician is unable to provide such supervision consistent with
the definition of alternate physician in Section 4. It is the
responsibility of the supervising physician to maintain
documentation each time he or she has designated an alternative
supervising physician. This documentation shall include the
date alternate supervisory control began, the date alternate
supervisory control ended, and any other changes. A supervising
physician shall provide a copy of this documentation to the
Department, upon request.
    Physician assistants shall be supervised only by
physicians as defined in this Act who are engaged in clinical
practice, or in clinical practice in public health or other
community health facilities.
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the
delegation of tasks or duties by a physician to a nurse or
other appropriately trained personnel.
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit the
employment of physician assistants by a hospital, nursing home
or other health care facility where such physician assistants
function under the supervision of a supervising physician.
    Physician assistants may be employed by the Department of
Corrections or the Department of Human Services (as successor
to the Department of Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities) for service in facilities maintained by such
Departments and affiliated training facilities in programs
conducted under the authority of the Director of Corrections or
the Secretary of Human Services. Each physician assistant
employed by the Department of Corrections or the Department of
Human Services (as successor to the Department of Mental Health
and Developmental Disabilities) shall be under the supervision
of a physician engaged in clinical practice and direct patient
care. Duties of each physician assistant employed by such
Departments are limited to those within the scope of practice
of the supervising physician who is fully responsible for all
physician assistant activities.
    A physician assistant may be employed by a practice group
or other entity employing multiple physicians at one or more
locations. In that case, one of the physicians practicing at a
location shall be designated the supervising physician. The
other physicians with that practice group or other entity who
practice in the same general type of practice or specialty as
the supervising physician may supervise the physician
assistant with respect to their patients without being deemed
alternate supervising physicians for the purpose of this Act.
    (b) A physician assistant licensed in this State, or
licensed or authorized to practice in any other U.S.
jurisdiction or credentialed by his or her federal employer as
a physician assistant, who is responding to a need for medical
care created by an emergency or by a state or local disaster
may render such care that the physician assistant is able to
provide without supervision as it is defined in this Section or
with such supervision as is available. For purposes of this
Section, an "emergency situation" shall not include one that
occurs in the place of one's employment.
    Any physician who supervises a physician assistant
providing medical care in response to such an emergency or
state or local disaster shall not be required to meet the
requirements set forth in this Section for a supervising
(Source: P.A. 95-703, eff. 12-31-07.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/23/2009