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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 981

January Session, 2015

 

LCO No. 3984

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAL ASSISTANTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2015) (a) For purposes of this section, "medical assistant" means a person who (1) is certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants or the American Medical Technologists, (2) has graduated from a postsecondary medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools or the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, and (3) is practicing at a federally qualified health center that has received (A) Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or (B) Primary Care Medical Home Certification from the Joint Commission.

(b) Not later than January 1, 2016, the Commissioner of Public Health shall establish a three-year pilot program under which a medical assistant may administer medication under the order of a licensed health care provider who is (1) authorized to prescribe medication, and (2) a member of the staff of the federally qualified health center at which the medical assistant administering medication practices. The supervising licensed health care provider may delegate to a medical assistant under this program the administration of medication orally, by inhalation or by intramuscular, intradermal or subcutaneous injection, including, but not limited to, the administration of a vaccine. Prior to administering medication under this program, a medical assistant shall complete not less than twenty-four hours of classroom training and not less than eight hours of training in a clinical setting regarding the administration of medications.

(c) Any medication administered by a medical assistant under this program shall: (1) Be administered at an outpatient clinic or the supervising licensed health care provider's office; (2) be administered under the direct supervision, control and responsibility of the supervising licensed health care provider who is in the outpatient clinic or office when such medication is administered; (3) for the administration of medication by injection, be limited to an injection in the extremities or the back of the patient; (4) not include the administration of an anesthetic agent or a schedule I, II or III controlled substance or the administration of medication by intravenous injection; and (5) be administered by a medical assistant whom the supervising licensed health care provider reasonably believes has the skill and competency to administer such medication. A medical assistant shall not administer medication (A) in an inpatient clinic, hospital emergency department or ambulatory surgical center, or (B) during routine surgical procedures in an outpatient clinic or supervising health care provider's office.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2015

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a pilot program allowing medical assistants to administer medications.

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