(A) There is hereby created the physician assistant policy committee of the state medical board. The president of the board shall appoint the members of the committee. The committee shall consist of the seven members specified in divisions (A)(1) to (3) of this section. When the committee is developing or revising policy and procedures for physician-delegated prescriptive authority for physician assistants, the committee shall include the two additional members specified in division (A)(4) of this section.
(1) Three members of the committee shall be physicians. Of the physician members, one shall be a member of the state medical board, one shall be appointed from a list of five physicians recommended by the Ohio state medical association, and one shall be appointed from a list of five physicians recommended by the Ohio osteopathic association. At all times, the physician membership of the committee shall include at least one physician who is a supervising physician of a physician assistant, preferably with at least two years' experience as a supervising physician.
(2) Three members shall be physician assistants appointed from a list of five individuals recommended by the Ohio association of physician assistants.
(3) One member, who is not affiliated with any health care profession, shall be appointed to represent the interests of consumers.
(4) The two additional members, appointed to serve only when the committee is developing or revising policy and procedures for physician-delegated prescriptive authority for physician assistants, shall be pharmacists. Of these members, one shall be appointed from a list of five clinical pharmacists recommended by the Ohio pharmacists association and one shall be appointed from the pharmacist members of the state board of pharmacy, preferably from among the members who are clinical pharmacists. The pharmacist members shall have voting privileges only for purposes of developing or revising policy and procedures for physician-delegated prescriptive authority for physician assistants. Presence of the pharmacist members shall not be required for the transaction of any other business.
(B) Terms of office shall be for two years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of being appointed until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed, except that a member may not be appointed to serve more than three consecutive terms. As vacancies occur, a successor shall be appointed who has the qualifications the vacancy requires. A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which a predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
(C) Each member of the committee shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of official duties as a member, and shall also receive necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties as a member.
(D) The committee members specified in divisions (A)(1) to (3) of this section by a majority vote shall elect a chairperson from among those members. The members may elect a new chairperson at any time.
(E) The state medical board may appoint assistants, clerical staff, or other employees as necessary for the committee to perform its duties adequately.
(F) The committee shall meet at least four times a year and at such other times as may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities.
Effective Date: 03-05-1996; 05-17-2006
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4
Note: The amendment to this section by 129th General AssemblyFile No.10, SB 5, §1 was rejected by voters in the November, 2011 election.