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New PA Bill Summary and FAQs Released

Wednesday, July 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Jordan
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The 2018-2019 SCAPA Legislative Committee, chaired by Kevin Harmon and Megan Fulton, successfully led the modernization of the 2019 PA Practice Act. Senate Bill 132 (now Act No. 32) was signed into law on May 13, 2019 by Governor McMaster and will go into effect August 11, 2019. The bill decreases administrative burdens when applying for PA licensure and allows PAs to increase access to care for patients and their families.

How to prepare:

Review the following documents jointly prepared by the SCAPA Legislative Committee leadership, the SC Board of Medical Examiners (BME), the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, and the South Carolina Medical Association:


PA Bill -


PA Bill Summary -


PA Bill FAQ -


Next steps:

With the new changes, every current practicing PA will need to complete an addendum to their scope of practice by August 11, 2019 in order to practice certain items now included in this bill.  We are working with the BME to communicate this process to PAs across the state, are waiting for them to take the lead at this time, and will keep you updated as we receive new information. Keep in mind any addendum you complete with the BME must be submitted to your hospital credentials committee if you work for a hospital system.  At all times, ensure you have a copy of your scope of practice guidelines and addended scope on file as you may be audited by the BME per current statute (law).


In the interim, after reading the summary and FAQ documents in their entirety please contact the BME ( if you have any remaining questions regarding the new bill and its interpretation.


SCAPA is excited to assist with the education process regarding the bill over the next year and to simultaneously promote our PA profession.  Please forward links to these documents to your supervising physicians, practice managers, and administrators of interest to help spread the word on how PAs are much more able to optimize patient care as a result of this legislation.


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