Alaska Administrative Code
Title 12 - Professional Regulations
Part 1 - Boards and Commissions Subject to Centralized Licensing
Chapter 40 - State Medical Board
Article 5 - Physician Assistants
Section 12 AAC 40.430 - Performance and assessment of practice

Universal Citation: 12 AK Admin Code 12 AAC 40.430

Current through December 14, 2023

(a) A person may perform medical diagnosis and treatment as a physician assistant only if licensed by the board and only within the scope of practice of the collaborating physician.

(b) A periodic method of assessment of the quality of practice must be established by the collaborating physician. In this subsection, "periodic method of assessment" means evaluation of medical care and clinic management.

(c) Repealed 3/27/2003.

(d) Repealed 3/27/2003.

(e) Assessments must include annual direct personal contact between the physician assistant and the primary or alternate collaborating physician, at either the physician or physician assistant's work site. The collaborating physician shall document the evaluation on a form provided by the department.

(f) Except as provided in (h) of this section, collaborative plans in effect for less than two years must include at least one direct personal contact visit with the primary or alternate collaborating physician per calendar quarter for at least four hours duration.

(g) Except as provided in (h) of this section, collaborative plans in effect for two years or more must include at least two direct personal contact visits with the primary or alternate collaborating physician per year. Each visit must be of at least four hours duration and must be at least four months apart.

(h) Physician assistants who practice under a collaborative plan for a continuous period of less than three months of each year must have at least one direct personal contact visit with the primary or alternate collaborating physician annually.

(i) Collaborative plans, regardless of duration, must include at least monthly telephone, radio, electronic, or direct personal contact between the physician assistant and the primary or alternate collaborating physician during the period in which the physician assistant is actively practicing under the collaborative plan. Dates of active practice under the collaborative plan and monthly contact must be documented.

(j) Contacts, whether direct personal contact or contact by telephone, radio, or other electronic means, must include reviews of patient care and review of health care records.

(k) The primary collaborating physician shall maintain records of performance assessments. The board may audit those records.

(l) The primary collaborating physician shall maintain on file the completed records of assessment form for at least seven years after the date of the evaluation.

(m) If an alternate collaborating physician performs the evaluation, copies of the record of assessment must be provided to the primary collaborating physician for retention in the primary collaborating physician's records.

(n) The board's executive secretary may initiate audits of performance assessment records. In any one calendar year, the performance assessment records of not more than 10 percent of the actively licensed physician assistants, selected randomly by computer, will be audited. For each audit,

(1) the collaborating physician shall produce records of assessment for the past two calendar years immediately preceding the year of audit; and

(2) if the collaborative plan has been in effect for at least one year, but less than two years, only one year of records will be audited; collaborative plans of less than one year's duration will not be audited.

(o) Repealed 5/8/2013.

(p) Repealed 5/8/2013.

(q) Repealed 5/8/2013.

Eff. 1/13/80, Register 73; am 7/11/81, Register 79; am 7/4/84, Register 90; am 3/12/89, Register 109; am 6/28/97, Register 142; am 3/27/2003, Register 165; am 9/1/2007, Register 183; am 5/8/2013, Register 206; am 11/18/2021, Register 240, January 2022.

Authority:AS 08.64.100

AS 08.64.107

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