Proposed changes in state law are designed to keep more Physician Assistants in Kentucky. It allows for more leniency in their supervision.
Newly graduated Physician Assistants must currently work under the direct supervision of a medical doctor for a year and a half. So, they can only work when “the Doctor is in.” As a result, Virginia Valentin with the Kentucky Physician Assistant Association says about half of P-A grads leave the commonwealth.
“Right now the law is for the first 18 months, P-A’s have to work under direct supervision of a physician, meaning the physician can’t take Friday afternoon off. If they take Friday afternoon off, then the physician assistant can’t work. This is the only state that does that,” Valentin said.