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49 Pa. Code § 18.181. Disciplinary and corrective measures.


§ 18.181. Disciplinary and corrective measures.

 (a)  A physician assistant who engages in unprofessional conduct is subject to disciplinary action under section 41 of the act (63 P. S. §  422.41). Unprofessional conduct includes the following:

   (1)  Misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact in obtaining a license or a reinstatement thereof.

   (2)  Commission of an offense against the statutes of the Commonwealth relating to the practice of physician assistants or regulations adopted thereunder.

   (3)  Commission of an act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty or corruption when the act directly or indirectly affects the health, welfare or safety of citizens of this Commonwealth. If the act constitutes a crime, conviction thereof in a criminal proceeding may not be a condition precedent to disciplinary action.

   (4)  Conviction of a felony or conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a health profession or receiving probation without verdict, disposition in lieu of trial or an accelerated rehabilitative disposition in the disposition of felony charges, in the courts of the Commonwealth, a Federal court or a court of another State, territory or country.

   (5)  Misconduct in practice as a physician assistant or performing tasks fraudulently, beyond its authorized scope, with incompetence, or with negligence on a particular occasion or negligence on repeated occasions.

   (6)  Performance of tasks as a physician assistant while the ability to do so is impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical disability or mental instability.

   (7)  Impersonation of a licensed physician or another licensed physician assistant.

   (8)  Offer, undertake or agree to cure or treat disease by a secret method, procedure, treatment or medicine; the treating, prescribing for a human condition, by a method, means or procedure which the physician assistant refuses to divulge upon demand of the Board; or use of methods or treatment which are not in accordance with treatment processes accepted by a reasonable segment of the medical profession.

   (9)  Violation of a provision of this subchapter fixing a standard of professional conduct.

   (10)  Continuation of practice while the physician assistant’s license has expired, is not registered or is suspended or revoked.

   (11)  Delegating a medical responsibility to a person when the physician assistant knows or has reason to know that the person is not qualified by training, experience, license or certification to perform the delegated task.

   (12)  The failure to notify the supervising physician that the physician assistant has withdrawn care from a patient.

 (b)  The Board will order the emergency suspension of the license of a physician assistant who presents an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety, as required by section 40 of the act (63 P. S. §  422.40).

 (c)  The license of a physician assistant shall automatically be suspended, under conditions in section 40 of the act.

 (d)  The Board may refuse, revoke or suspend a physician’s registration as a supervising physician for engaging in any of the conduct proscribed of Board-regulated practitioners in section 41 of the act.


   The provisions of this §  18.181 amended under sections 8, 13 and 36 of the Medical Practice Act of 1985 (63 P. S. § §  422.8, 422.13 and 422.36).


   The provisions of this §  18.181 amended August 13, 1993, effective August 14, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 3780; amended November 17, 2006, effective November 18, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7009. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (222936) to (222938).

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