01RS HB138


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HB 138 (BR 206) - S. Westrom, R. Webb, B. Colter, T. Pullin, K. Stein, M. Treesh

     AN ACT relating to physician assistants.
     Amend KRS 216B.015 to define "physician assistant"; amend KRS 216B.160 to require licensed health care facilities to develop a policy that establishes the credentials, oversight, appointment, and reappointment of physician assistants and for granting, renewing, and revising of the physician assistant's clinical privileges; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 304.17A to provide that any health benefit plan providing coverage for surgical first assisting or intraoperative surgical care benefits or services shall be construed as providing coverage for a physician assistant who performs those services.


     HCS - Retain original provisions, except clarify that coverage applies to a physician assistant and not a licensed assistive person; delete reference to coverage of physician assistant services if made directly to health care provider's employer.

     Feb 6-introduced in House
     Feb 7-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Feb 9-posted in committee
     Feb 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 14-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 15-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 16, 2001
     Feb 16-3rd reading, passed 96-1 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 19-received in Senate
     Feb 22-to Health and Welfare (S)
     Mar 1-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 2-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 7-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 7, 2001; 3rd reading, passed 38-0
     Mar 8-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Mar 15-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 36)

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