Physician Assistant and Anesthesiologist Assistant temporary emergency license

 

Temporary emergency license

Registration and supervision - physician assistants

Registration and supervision - anesthesiologist assistants

Rules and application forms


Temporary emergency license - physician assistant and anesthesiologist assistant

Effective March 23, 2020:  The Board and Commission have established temporary emergency licensure processes to authorize assistants to physicians to provide health care to Alabamians suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19.

It is anticipated that licenses should be issued within 48 hours of receipt of the application.

Please review rules and application forms and instructions for detailed information

Successful temporary emergency license applicant requirements:

  • Possession of a full and unrestricted license to practice as a physician assistant or anesthesiologist in another state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or a province of Canada
  • Completion of a training program accredited by the ARC-PA, CAHEA, CAAHEP, or their successor agencies
  • Completion of the PANCE as administrated by the NCCPA or the CEAA as administered by the NCCAA 
  • Has never been convicted, received adjudication, community supervision, or deferred disposition of any felony offense or any crime related to fraud, violence, sexual violations, or related to health care
  • Has never had a license to practice as a physician assistant subjected to discipline by a licensing agency in any state, federal, or foreign jurisdiction, excluding any action related to the non-payment of fees related to a license
  • Has never had a controlled substance license or permit suspended or revoked by a state or the U.S. DEA
  • Is not currently under investigation by a licensing agency or law enforcement authority in any state, federal, or foreign jurisdiction
  • Is a United States citizen, a national of the United States, or an alien lawfully present in the United States. 

 

Other information:

  • An emergency license to practice as an assistant to a physician issued under this rule shall expire on July 21, 2020, or when the Governor proclaims the termination of the state’s public health emergency, whichever is sooner.
  • The effectiveness of this rule, and any licenses issued under it, may be extended by order of the Governor.
  • A physician assistant who is issued an emergency license shall also be issued a restricted Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate for the purpose of treating patients suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19. The certificate shall not authorize the physician assistant to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine. 
  • A physician or anesthesiologist assistant applying for an emergency license shall certify to the State Board of Medical Examiners that he or she intends to provide health care to citizens of Alabama suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19.
  • There is no fee for a temporary emergency license

Registration and supervision - physician assistants

  • There shall be no independent, unsupervised practice by physician assistants. All physician assistants who are issued an emergency license must be registered and supervised by a physician.
  • The chief of staff, or his or her designee, of a licensed health care facility may serve as the supervising physician for an unlimited number of physician assistants, provided that the physician assistant registrations are specifically entered to provide health care to citizens of Alabama suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19.
  • Physician assistants practicing under a registration with and under the supervision of a hospital’s chief of staff shall be authorized to perform all skills as authorized under the hospital’s protocols and to prescribe all drugs listed in the hospital’s formulary as may be necessary to provide health care to patients suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19.
  • Physician assistants who apply for an emergency license shall identify a supervising physician, if known, simultaneously with the submission of the application. A physician assistant may be issued an emergency license without having identified a supervising physician; provided, the physician assistant must identify a supervising physician within fourteen days (14) of licensure.
  • A physician assistant may provide emergency medical treatment without immediate physician supervision or direction to patients suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19, provided that the treatment is within the scope of the assistant’s education and training. The physician assistant in such circumstance shall make reasonable efforts to inform his or her supervising physician of the location and type of emergency medical services being provided and shall act in conformance with the direction of local medical supervisors.

Registration and supervision - anesthesiologist assistants 

  •  There shall be no independent, unsupervised practice by anesthesiologist assistants. All anesthesiologist assistants who are issued an emergency license must be registered and supervised by an anesthesiologist.
  • The chief of staff, or his or her designee, of a licensed health care facility may serve as the supervising physician for an unlimited number of anesthesiologist assistants, provided that the anesthesiologist assistant registrations are specifically entered to provide health care to citizens of Alabama suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19.
  • Anesthesiologist assistants practicing under a registration with and under the supervision of a hospital’s chief of staff shall be authorized to perform all skills as authorized under the hospital’s protocols and to prescribe all drugs listed in the hospital’s formulary as may be necessary to provide health care to patients suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19.
  • Anesthesiologist assistants who apply for an emergency license shall identify a supervising anesthesiologist, if known, simultaneously with the submission of the application. An anesthesiologist assistant may be issued an emergency license without having identified a supervising an anesthesiologist; provided, the anesthesiologist assistant must identify a supervising anesthesiologist within fourteen days (14) of licensure.
  •  An anesthesiologist assistant may provide emergency medical treatment without immediate supervision by an anesthesiologist or direction to patients suffering from and affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease known as COVID-19, provided that the treatment is within the scope of the assistant’s education and training. The anesthesiologist assistant in such circumstance shall make reasonable efforts to inform his or her supervising anesthesiologist of the location and type of emergency medical services being provided and shall act in conformance with the direction of local medical supervisors.

Rules and applications

Board Rules for temporary emergency P.A./A.A. license

Application form and instructions for temporary emergency P. A. license/QACSC

Application forms and instructions for temporary emergency A.A. license

 

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