District of Columbia

Academy of Physician Assistants


DCAPA held a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, to discuss compliance with new PA regulation changes, including:

Two years of hard work by the District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistants and AAPA paid off recently when the District of Columbia Board of Medicine adopted regulations to improve PA practice in the District.

The regulations amending PA Rights and Duties were published in the D.C. Register in March and are now in effect (see pages 12 and 13 of the D.C. Board of Medicine’s 2013 summer newsletter).

The amendments:

    • Remove the requirement that physicians countersign all orders, histories and physicals, progress notes or charts. This gives the District another key element of a Modern PA Practice Act. D.C. now has four of the six key elements.
    • Update the accreditation body for physician assistant education consistent with AAPA Model State Legislation for PAs.
    • Allow PAs, when clearly stated in the delegation agreement, to pronounce death.
    • Further ensure the relationship between a PA and supervising physician complies with the requirements of chapter 49 of the D.C. Municipal Regulations.

District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistantsis a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 


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