Utah to Allow PAs to Certify Death

May 15, 2018

A newly enacted law in Utah to allow PAs to certify death became effective last week on May 8, 2018. Utah Senate Bill 68 adds PAs to the state’s Vital Statistics Act which was introduced at the request of the Utah Academy of PAs (UAPA).  PAs in Utah faced problems when attempting to sign and certify death in the state because the previous Vital Statistics Act only mentioned physicians and NPs.

“We are very excited about the removal of yet another barrier to PA practice in Utah,” said UAPA president Kim McFarlane, PA-C. The bill passed unanimously in the Utah legislature and was UAPA’s 2018 priority bill. UAPA worked in collaboration with the Utah Medical Association and AAPA on this legislative measure.

PAs who wish to sign death certificates must attend an educational program developed by the Department of Health regarding the completion of death certificates.

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