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Louisiana PAs Seek PEC Authority in 2017 Legislative Session

Attention all Louisiana PAs:

The LAPA legislative committee has worked with Senator Lafleur and Senator Tarver on Senate Bill 216.  This bill is important to PAs in Louisiana as it includes Physician Assistants in the qualified healthcare professionals who can execute a physician emergency commitment (PEC).

Why do we need this change?

Public Health and Welfare

o   Allowing Physician Assistants to execute a PEC prevents potentially dangerous patients from committing acts of violence in the community.

Access

o   Physician Assistants may be the only healthcare provider on site and they need a means to detain a potentially dangerous patient.

Meeting the Standard of Care for the Acutely Mentally Ill

o   Expanding the PEC privilege to Physician Assistants gives them the ability to follow the standard of care for acutely mentally ill patients.

Physician Assistants’ Training

o   Physician Assistants are trained in psychiatry and are certified by a national board and are therefore equipped to identify and treat psychiatric emergencies.