Legislation Marks New Era for PAs in New Jersey

Jan. 28, 2016

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed S1184. The legislation will result in PAs in the Garden State gaining three additional Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act, bringing New Jersey’s total to five! Among the many great improvements to the PA Practice Act, the legislation:

  • Removes the countersignature requirement, and allows countersignature requirements to be determined at the practice (previously, all medical orders required countersignature);
  • Eliminates the requirement that the physician maintain a “continuing or intermittent presence,” in an inpatient setting; and
  • Creates the option for scope of practice to be determined at the practice site, rather than the exhaustive “laundry list” of “tasks” that used to dictate a New Jersey PA’s scope.

The new law came about through the perseverance and advocacy efforts of NJSSPA and AAPA over the last few years. NJSSPA and AAPA would like to thank the bill sponsors, especially Sen. Joseph Vitale and Assemblyman Herb Conaway for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the profession. The legislation will go into effect on the first day of the seventh month next following the date of enactment. For more information on S1184, please contact Carson Walker, AAPA director of constituent organization outreach and advocacy.