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Temporary Relaxation of Physician Assistant Supervision
The State Medical Board of Ohio issued the following update on January 6, 2021:
Dear Ohio Provider,
Senate Bill 310 was signed into law on December 29, 2020 by Governor DeWine. Several sections respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting strain on health care providers. The emergency clause attached to this bill made it effective immediately upon Governor DeWine’s signature until May 1, 2021.
For physician assistants that are employed by or under contract with a hospital or other health care facility, they may practice under the direction, control, and supervision of any physician or podiatrist in that setting regardless of whether they have a supervision agreement with that physician or podiatrist. Also, these PAs may perform services within their scope of practice, if authorized by the physician or podiatrist and the hospital or health care facility, regardless if those services are authorized in any existing supervision agreement to which they are a party.
For physicians and podiatrists practicing in a hospital or other health care facility, they may:
1) Supervise a PA (employed by or under contract with a hospital or other health care facility) that they do not have a supervision agreement with.
2) Authorize that PA to perform services that are within their scope of practice if those services are also authorized by the hospital or health care facility.