COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a May 18 story about an Ohio bill, The Associated Press, relying on information from the office of the bill's sponsor, reported erroneously that the measure would give physician assistants the authority to write prescriptions. Current state law allows most physician assistants to write prescriptions, and the proposal would update the process.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Ohio bill revises rules for physician assistants
Ohio measure would change laws governing the practice, licensing of physician assistants
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal that passed the Ohio House would change laws governing the licensing of physician assistants and update their authority to write prescriptions.
Currently, physician assistants need at least a master's degree or prior prescriptive authority while practicing in the military, to write prescriptions. They also need a prescriber number issued by the state Medical Board. Their first 500 hours of prescribing must be under a physician's on-site supervision.
The proposal incorporates these requirements into one license.
The House passed the legislation Wednesday. It would allow a physician to supervise up to three physician assistants, rather than two, at one time.
State Rep. Anne Gonzales, the bill's sponsor, says it will help physician assistants better use their full capabilities of training.
The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.