The Arizona Board of Physician Assistants protects and promote the welfare of the people of Arizona. They do this by ensuring each person who holds a license as a physician assistant in the State of Arizona is competent to practice safely. This means the Arizona Board of Physician Assistants has the authority to discipline the license of any physician assistant. Chelle Law’s Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Attorneys have represented over 1,000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards and have the experience needed to help physician assistants with Arizona Board of Physician Assistants matters.
Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Complaint
Who can file a 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 is crucial for physician assistants as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at a Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Meeting.
Physician Assistant Board Application Assistance
Applicants to the Arizona Board of Physician Assistants who have a criminal history or previous discipline by the Arizona Board of Physician Assistants (or any other Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, those with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards may face investigation by the Board.
Reporting a Criminal Charge to the Arizona Board of Physician Assistants
Physician assistants who currently hold a valid license with the Arizona Board of Physician Assistants or pending applicants must notify the Board of any criminal charge that may affect patient safety within ten business days. Learn what crimes an individual must report and the potential discipline that can come with it.
Physician Assistant Administrative Appeal and Hearing
Any licensee can request an appeal of an Arizona Board of Physician Assistants disciplinary action. However, Board appeals are not heard by an administrative law judge with the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). Instead, this Board oversees their own hearings. Furthermore, in some circumstances, a case can be automatically sent to a hearing. This hearing is not as formal as a trial, but it is similar.
Each party presents evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Both parties also give an opening and closing argument, which should explain why the the Board should rule one way or the other. A physician assistants’ attorney can cross examine witnesses and testify on his or her behalf. After the hearing takes place, the Board makes the decision to either accept, reject or modify their original decision. If a professional feels there has been an error they can request a rehearing.
Arizona Disciplinary Actions
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. Thus, at an Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation. 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.
- Decree of censure.
- Order for continuing education.
- License restriction.
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with our Arizona Board of Physician Assistants Attorney at Chelle Law or would like to learn more about the services we offer to Arizona physician assistants, reach out to us today.