Finally, SB 697 expands the prescribing power of APs by eliminating specific medical surveillance requirements and eliminating the requirement that the name and contact information of the attending physician appear on the prescriptions of an AP. See the bus. &Prof. Code § 3502.1, amended by SB 697 (valid from 1 January 2020). Instead, the practice agreement should define the supervision to be offered to the PA when prescribing medications, although a medical practitioner „must be reachable by telephone or other electronic communication method at the time the PA examines the patient.“ Bus. &prof. Code § 3502.1 (c) (2). (3) Indicate any specific requirements to be met by registered nurses in the performance of certain standardised procedure tasks. The new law provides that „nothing in the rules requires a physician and surgeon to verify or countersign a medical record of a patient being processed by a medical assistant, unless the agreement to practice requires it.“ Bus. &Prof. Code § 3502 (c), amended by SB 697 (valid from 1 January 2020).
To this end, amended section 3502.3 of the Trades and Professions Code provides that the contract of practice must address „policies and procedures to ensure adequate follow-up of the medical assistant, including, but not limited to, adequate communication, availability, consultations and referrals between a physician and surgeon and the medical assistant in the provision of medical services.“ Bus. &Prof. Code § 3502.3 (a) (1) (B), amended by SB 697 (valid from 1 January 2020). For all services provided by an AP in accordance with a DSA, a physician must ensure appropriate supervision. This means that (1) the caregiver can be reached in person or electronically when the PA provides services; 2. Only tasks compatible with the supervising medical practice shall be delegated to the PA; 3. The medical officer must verify or supervise the mandatary until he or she is satisfied with the competence competence in matters of competence in matters of competence; (4) develop the pa`s medical officer and procedures in the event of an emergency situation that does not fall within the competence of the BEV; 5. The medical caregiver must either check patient records on the same day an AP provides services or countersign and date all patient records within thirty (30) days of the pa`s care being provided; and (6) the physician caretasing assumes ultimate responsibility for the patients (i.e., the PA is not autonomous).  The new law removes these requirements.
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