Physician assistants have a fairly broad scope to work within, as long as an overseeing physician is supervising them. But overstepping that scope can lead to serious consequences, including the suspension and revocation of your license. Learn how your scope of practice and licensing status are connected, and what you should do to protect your physician assistant license if you become the subject of an investigation by the Texas Medical Board.
Physician Assistant Scope of Practice
As outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, physician assistants are permitted to provide medical care and assistance that falls within the boundaries of their training, education, and experience, as long as a physician oversees that care. These practices of care may include:
- Diagnostic or therapeutic procedures (ordering and/or performing);
- Developing and implementing a treatment plan for patients;
- Surgery assistance;
- Formulating a diagnosis for patients;
- Obtaining patient histories;
- Performing physical examinations;
- Referring patients to appropriate care providers;
- Prescribing or ordering medications (as permitted under the Medical Practice Act, Chapter 157);
- Signing for, requesting, or receiving pharmaceutical sample medications;
- Distributing sample medications to patients (as permitted under the Medical Practice Act, Chapter 157); and
- Monitoring patients to determine the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
Consequences of Working Outside Your Scope of Practice
While you do have a fair amount of scope in your practice, a physician must oversee the work you do. If you are within the first three years of practice, you must also have a monthly face-to-face meeting with your delegating physician to maintain prescriptive authority. Failure to comply with either requirement or performing a task that you has not been educated or trained to perform can have serious consequences. You could face an investigation from the Texas Medical Board. If evidence of an infraction is found, you could face temporary suspension or revocation of your license. Alternatively, you could become subject to other forms of disciplinary action, such as probation or public reprimand.
If you have recently become the subject of an investigation by the Texas Medical Board, it is critical that you take action now to protect the status of your license. Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, has more than 20 years of experience in the medical legal arena. Skilled and aggressive, our Texas physician assistant license defense lawyer can help defend your license and assist you through the investigation process. Contact us at 512-228-7946 to schedule your confidential consultation today.