Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation aimed at helping alleviate Michigan's growing doctor shortage. The measure authorizes physician assistants to take on more responsibility for patient care.
The new law makes health care more accessible by authorizing licensed physician assistants under the close supervision of a doctor to prescribe controlled substances, except for Schedule I narcotics.
Physician assistants are already authorized to prescribe seven days worth of Schedule II medications and deliver other medical services such as conducting physical exams, obtaining medical histories and ordering tests. The state says by expanding the services they can provide, doctors will be able to focus their time on patients in the most need. Doctors will still have to sign off on every prescription written. The bill is now Public Act 210 of 2011.
Courtesy of http://www.wnem.com/story/15994929/governor-new-law-to-address-doctor-shortage-in-michigan#
Posted by Attorney Saif R. Kasmikha
Midwest Legal Partners, LLC