State Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) today announced the Senate's passage of a bill to improve access to health care for Ohioans by modernizing Ohio's outdated physician assistant and nurse practitioner laws.

Senate Bill 110, sponsored by Senator Burke, seeks to update the scope of practice for Ohio's Physician Assistants (PAs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and improve access to health care services while maintaining quality safeguards. 

"I take special consideration to make sure health care providers are practicing within the scope of their respective training, while maintaining a proper chain of authority and putting safeguards in place to ensure patient safety," said Burke. 

If enacted, the bill would increase the number of PAs allowed to practice under a physician from two to three. This change would decrease doctor's office wait times and creates greater employment opportunities in health care professions. 

The legislation significantly reduces the amount of time it takes for PAs to begin practicing by eliminating an unnecessary filing process through the Ohio State Medical Board.

The bill would also eliminate an antiquated list of permissible services a PA may provide and instead allows the supervising physician the authority to make the determination based on their scope of practice. 

"Making these laws current is an important step in our efforts to reduce Ohio's health care costs and improve health outcomes," Burke added.

Senate Bill 110, sponsored by Senator Burke, also permits APRNs to delegate authority to another health care provider to administer drugs to a specific patient.

The legislation passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 33-0 and will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 

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