A: Yes, with conditions.
During the current state of emergency, if a PA is reassigned to a new practice area within the same facility (i.e., hospital, multi-specialty group practice), the primary supervising physician and facility administration should ensure the following:
• The PA is reassigned to perform only those medical tasks which the physician assistant is competent and qualified to do, and
• The PA has reasonable and immediate access to a physician, either in person or electronically, should medical issues arise.
To reduce administrative burden during the current state of emergency, NCMB has temporarily waived the requirement to submit a new Intent to Practice form or other paperwork, such as an updated supervisory agreement, prior to, or after, the reassignment.
During the temporary emergency reassignment, the PA is expected to comply with all other applicable rules including the requirement to confer at least monthly with a physician to ensure meaningful supervision and quality assurance within the new practice setting.
Once Governor Cooper has lifted the state of emergency, any PA who continues practicing in the new setting is expected to file a new Intent to Practice and update his or her supervisory arrangements within 30 days.
NCMB and the NC Board of Nursing, which jointly regulate nurse practitioners (NP), have approved similar provisions to allow paperwork-free emergency reassignments for NPs. Read NCMB’s order authorizing this.