Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-02-.18 - SUPERVISION OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

The following requirements apply to a supervising physician who supervises one or more physician assistants:

(1) A supervising physician or a substitute supervising physician must possess a current, unencumbered license to practice in the state of Tennessee.
(2) Supervision does not require the continuous and constant presence of the supervising physician; however, the supervising physician must be available for consultation at all times or shall make arrangements for a substitute physician to be available.
(3) A supervising physician and/or substitute supervising physician shall have experience and/or expertise in the same area of medicine as the physician assistant.
(4) Physician assistants who hold temporary licenses pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-19-105(a)(2) (those waiting to take the licensure examination) may not provide services unless a supervising physician is on site while the services are being provided.
(5) Protocols are required and:
(a) shall be jointly developed and approved by the supervising physician and physician assistant;
(b) shall outline and cover the applicable standard of care;
(c) shall be reviewed and updated biennially;
(d) shall be maintained at the practice site;
(e) shall account for all protocol drugs by appropriate formulary;
(f) shall be specific to the population seen;
(g) shall be dated and signed; and
(h) shall be made available upon request for inspection by the board or committee.
(6) The supervising physician shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with the applicable standard of care under (5). Additionally, the supervising physician shall develop protocols in collaboration with the physician assistant to include a method for documenting consultation and referral.
(7) Within ten (10) business days after the physician assistant has examined a patient who falls in one of the following categories, the supervising physician shall make a personal review of the historical, physical, and therapeutic data gathered by the physician assistant on that patient and shall so certify in the patient's chart within thirty (30) days:
(a) when medically indicated;
(b) when requested by the patient;
(c) when prescriptions written by the physician assistant fall outside the protocols;
(d) when prescriptions are written by a physician assistant who possesses a temporary license; and
(e) when a controlled drug has been prescribed.
(8) In any event, a supervising physician shall personally review at least twenty percent (20%) of charts monitored or written by the physician assistant every thirty (30) days.
(9) The supervising physician shall be required to visit any remote site at least once every thirty (30) days.
(10) If more than one physician supervises a physician assistant in a practice setting (such as in a hospital emergency room), one protocol may be developed for that practice setting.
(11) If a physician assistant and the same supervising physician work in more than one practice setting, one protocol may be developed which covers all these practice settings.
(12) The number of physician assistants for whom a physician may serve as the supervising physician shall be determined by the physician at the practice level, consistent with good medical practice.
(13) The supervising physician may delegate to a physician assistant working under the physician's supervision the authority to issue prescriptions or medication orders for legend drugs and controlled substances listed in Schedules II, III, IV, and V of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4 in accordance with written protocols which are mutually developed and agreed upon by the physician assistant and the supervising physician.
(14) A licensed physician who supervises the services of a physician assistant in a manner that is inconsistent with the Tennessee Medical Practice Act or these rules shall be subject to disciplinary action.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-02-.18
Original rule filed April 10, 2000; effective June 24, 2000. Amendment filed March 9, 2001; effective May 23, 2001.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-6-101, 63-19-104, 63-19-106, and 63-19-107, and Public Chapter 33, Public Acts of 1999.

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