REFERENCE TITLE: physician assistants; continuing medical education
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
Amending section 32‑2523, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to physician assistants.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 32-2523, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
32-2523. Licensure; renewal; continuing education; audit; penalty fee; expiration
A. Except as provided in section 32‑4301, each holder of a regular license shall renew the license every other year on or before the licensee's birthday by paying the prescribed renewal fee and supplying the board with information it deems necessary, including proof of having completed, before the renewal date, forty hours of category I continuing medical education approved by the American academy of physician assistants, the American medical association, the American osteopathic association or any other accrediting organization acceptable to the board. The board shall verify continuing medical education compliance and shall randomly audit at least ten percent of physician assistants who are renewing their license within the calendar year and who do not hold a current national certification from a national certification organization for physician assistants that is approved by the board.
B. Except as provided in section 32‑4301, a holder of a regular license who fails to renew the license within thirty days after the licensee's birthday shall pay a penalty fee as set forth in rule for late renewal.
C. Except as provided in section 32‑4301, if a holder of a regular license fails to renew the license within ninety days after the licensee's birthday, the license automatically expires. It is unlawful for a person to perform health care tasks of a physician assistant after the license expires.
D. A person whose license expires may reapply for licensure pursuant to this chapter.
E. If a licensee does not meet the requirements of subsection A of this section because of that person's illness, religious missionary activity or residence in a foreign country or any other extenuating circumstance, the board may grant an extension of the deadline if it receives a written request to do so from the licensee that details the reasons for this request.
F. A licensee who holds a certification from a certifying body approved by the board may use the continuing medical education credits obtained for certification to satisfy the requirements for continuing medical education required in subsection A of this section.