Legislation

2019 Legislative Update

  

By THE DO STAFF EmailTUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019

1. Physician assistants in Hawaii

Hawaii’s HB935 would have allowed physician assistants to practice independently of physicians. The AOA and the Hawaii Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons advocated against the bill, which died upon the legislature’s adjournment in May.

2. Prescriptive authority for psychologists in Hawaii

Hawaii’s SB819 would have allowed psychologists with specific training to prescribe medication, including controlled substances, without physician supervision. The AOA and the Hawaii Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons advocated against the bill, which also died upon adjournment.

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