Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts

Assistant Physician Licensure

Senate bills 716 and 754 were signed by Governor Nixon and established licensure for Assistant Physicians. These bills became law effective August 28, 2014. However, before the Board can accept applications, the Board will need to establish rules related to licensure, including submission of applications, renewal, supervision, and other matters necessary to protect the public.

Section 334.037.3(3) of the new law requires the Board, in conjunction with deans of medical schools and primary care residency program directors in the state, to establish rules for the development and implementation of educational methods and programs to facilitate the advancement of the assistant physician's medical knowledge and capabilities that may lead to credit toward a future residency program.

The Board reviewed draft rules at their January 2015 meeting and voted to make additional changes to the rules and directed staff to meet with the deans of medical schools and primary care residence program directors in the state of Missouri. We anticipate another draft of the rules will be reviewed by the Board at their May 2015 meeting.

The rule promulgation process is lengthy as represented on the Rulemaking Flow Sheet. We have highlighted the flow sheet to represent where we are in the process. At this time, we are unable to estimate the effective date of the rule; however, we will continue to update the website as information becomes available. For full text of the bills, please click the links below:

http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=28296866 http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=28627659


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The Supreme Court of Missouri ruled in Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. v. State Bd. of Registration for Healing Arts, 343 S.W.3d 348 (Mo. 2011) that a state agency cannot make a statement of general applicability, including answering general questions or interpreting or clarifying statutes, without going through a formal rulemaking process.


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