Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Disciplinary Actions: Board Defense for Arizona Physician Assistants
Arizona Board of Physician Assistants disciplinary actions are given to physician assistants with a license or certification in Arizona. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona laws and regulations. Chelle Law’s Arizona Board of Physician Assistant Attorneys have represented over 1,000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards. At Chelle Law, our attorney’s have the experience to help physician assistants with all Arizona Psychology Board matters.
Thus, at a Board Meeting, the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation including unprofessional conduct actions. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the physician assistant formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Advisory Letter
- Letter of Reprimand
- Letter of Reprimand with Probation
- Stipulated Rehabilitation Agreement
- Decree of Censure with Probation
- Nondisciplinary Order for Continuing Education
- Voluntary Surrender
Arizona Board Non Disciplinary Actions
- CASE DISMISSAL: The Board may dismiss a complaint if they determine the information indicates there was not a violation of the rules of the Arizona physician assistant Practice Act. This outcome is not available to the public.
- ADVISORY LETTER: A letter from the Board expressing concern that the physician assistant’s conduct was not ideal; however, the conduct does not necessarily violate the Medical Practice Act or Board policy and no further contact is needed. This will not effect future licensure or if the physician assistant wishes to further their education. This is not shown on license verification.
- NON-DISCIPLINARY ORDER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: An order that dictates the physician assistant must complete a number of hours of continuing education for specific topics.
Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Unprofessional Conduct
- REVOCATION: If the Board revokes a physician assistant’s license the physician assistant will be unable to practice or get licensed again for a minimum of five years. After the five year period license revocation the physician assistant will need to reapply for their license. If the physician assistant reapplies for licensure they must demonstrate the grounds for revocation (substance abuse, mental health problems, criminal convictions) has been rectified through an applicable program. This is a public document.
- VOLUNTARY SURRENDER: The physician assistant voluntarily gives up their license. The benefit of this voluntary consent is that the Board is usually willing to reduce the amount of time until a physician assistant can reapply. This is usually between two to three years.
- SUSPENSION: A suspension stops the physician assistant from practicing. It prohibits any patient contact or services for a period of time until the Board lifts the suspension.
- PROBATION: The Board offers probation through a consent agreement. The consent agreement requires the physician assistant do certain things (drug testing, work supervision, counseling, continuing education). Alternatively, they may need to refrain from doing things (unsupervised Medical like home health, working under the Medical licensure compact, using alcohol, etc.) A request for a removal of probation will be needed.
- LETTER OF REPRIMAND: A letter of reprimand is the lowest level of formal discipline against a license or certificate. There are no probationary requirements. However, the action is on the website for five years for the public to inspect. A document removal will occur five years after signed.
- STIPULATED REHABILITATION AGREEMENT: An Agreement that dictates the physician assistant must be monitored and complete rehabilitation. For instance, a physician assistant found to have a substance abuse problem would be subject to drug testing, group or individual therapy, practice restrictions and supervision.
Arizona State Board Complaint
Who can file an Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Complaint against a physician assistant? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Arizona Board of Physician Assistants receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the physician assistant receives notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for physician assistants as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at an Arizona Board of Physician Assistants.
Responding to Practice Complaints and Information
After receiving an Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Complaint or self-report, a physician assistant receives a notice from the Board requesting additional information as well as a response to allegations found in the complaint. From here, the Board of Physician Assistants assigns an investigator to the complaint and they begin to collect evidence. The documents and evidence collected includes:
- Patient medical records
- Employment files from the physician assistant’s employer and business
- Criminal records
- Interviews of people associated with the Board Complaint (These interviewees can include the patient, medical director, colleagues, etc.)
- Inquiry into the physician that is supervising you
If you’re interested in learning more about our Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Attorney services and how to protect your physician assistants license, set up a consultation with Chelle Law today.