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SB259, the PA Bill, Passes!

SB259, the PA Bill, was successfully passed by the Ohio General Assembly on December 13, 2018.  The Governor now has 10 days to sign it or it automatically becomes law.  The new law will not go into effect until 90 day after the Governor signs it.

Once in effect, the PA formulary will be removed, the ratio of PAs to supervising physicians will increase to 5, out-of-state PAs and military PAs that do not have a Masters Degree can get a license in Ohio with two years of practice immediately preceding application and allow PAs that have a Masters Degree but did not apply for prescriptive authority when the law changed a number of years ago to now obtain prescriptive authority.

The bill will also allow the PAPC to meet via teleconferencing or videoconferencing and reduces the number of pharmacists on the PAPC to one.

Language on teledentistry was amended into SB259 and does not affect PA practice.

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