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Title 26: Professions and Occupations

Chapter 31: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

26 V.S.A. § 1732. Definitions



§ 1732. Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Accredited physician assistant program" means a physician assistant educational program that has been accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), or, prior to 2001, by either the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA), or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

(2) "Board" means the state board of medical practice established by chapter 23 of this title.

(3) "Delegation agreement" means a detailed description of the duties and scope of practice delegated by a primary supervising physician to a physician assistant that is signed by both the physician assistant and the supervising physicians.

(4) "Physician" means an individual licensed to practice medicine pursuant to chapter 23 or 33 of this title.

(5) "Physician assistant" means an individual licensed by the state of Vermont who is qualified by education, training, experience, and personal character to provide medical care with the direction and supervision of a Vermont licensed physician.

(6) "Supervising physician" means an M.D. or D.O. licensed by the state of Vermont who oversees and accepts responsibility for the medical care provided by a physician assistant.

(7) "Supervision" means the direction and review by the supervising physician of the medical care provided by the physician assistant. The constant physical presence of the supervising physician is not required as long as the supervising physician and physician assistant are or easily can be in contact with each other by telecommunication.

(8) "Disciplinary action" means any action taken against a physician assistant or an applicant by the board or on appeal therefrom, when that action suspends, revokes, limits, or conditions licensure in any way, and includes reprimands and administrative penalties. (Added 1981, No. 100, § 2; amended 1985, No. 208 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. June 30, 1986; 1989, No. 250 (Adj. Sess.), § 4(a); 2011, No. 61, § 4, eff. June 2, 2011.)