Nevada Adds PAs to POLST Law

June 6, 2017

By Keisha Pitts, JD

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval recently signed Assembly Bill 199 (AB 199) authorizing PAs to sign and make determinations related to Provider Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms. The new law allows PAs that have diagnosed a patient with a terminal condition to explain the features and procedures offered by a POLST form and to complete and execute the form. Assembly Bill 199 also authorizes a PA to revoke POLST forms if the PA determines the patient lacks the capacity to make decisions regarding the provision of life-sustaining treatment.

The Nevada Academy of PAs (NAPA) supported this bill which was led by the Nevada POLST Coalition. “This bill improves the delivery of end-of-life care by allowing PAs to provide all services associated with POLST forms without unnecessary barriers. We are pleased with this improvement to PA practice in Nevada,” said NAPA President Cameron Byers, PA-C.

The bill renames the form from “Physician” to “Provider” Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment and also includes a definition of “attending PA” for PAs who have primary responsibility for the treatment and care of the patient. AB 199 becomes effective July 1, 2017.

For more information, contact Keisha Pitts, JD, director of constituent organization outreach and advocacy.