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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 7.7. Physician Assistants [3500 - 3546]

  ( Heading of Chapter 7.7 amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 427, Sec. 5. )

ARTICLE 4. Revenue [3520 - 3526]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 634. )

3520.
  

Within 10 days after the beginning of each calendar month the Medical Board of California shall report to the Controller the amount and source of all collections made under this chapter and at the same time pay all those sums into the State Treasury, where they shall be credited to the Physician Assistant Fund, which fund is hereby created. All money in the fund shall be available, upon appropriation of the Legislature, to carry out the purpose of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 459, Sec. 5. (AB 2193) Effective January 1, 2017.)

3521.
  

The fees to be paid for approval to supervise physician assistants are to be set by the board as follows:

(a) An application fee not to exceed fifty dollars ($50) shall be charged to each physician and surgeon applicant.

(b) An approval fee not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) shall be charged to each physician and surgeon upon approval of an application to supervise physician assistants.

(c) A biennial renewal fee not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300) shall be paid for the renewal of an approval.

(d) The delinquency fee is twenty-five dollars ($25).

(e) The duplicate approval fee is ten dollars ($10).

(f) The fee for a letter of endorsement, letter of good standing, or letter of verification of approval shall be ten dollars ($10).

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 51. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3521.1.
  

The fees to be paid by physician assistants are to be set by the board as follows:

(a) An application fee not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25) shall be charged to each physician assistant applicant.

(b) An initial license fee not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) shall be charged to each physician assistant to whom a license is issued.

(c) A biennial license renewal fee not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300).

(d) The delinquency fee is twenty-five dollars ($25).

(e) The duplicate license fee is ten dollars ($10).

(f) The fee for a letter of endorsement, letter of good standing, or letter of verification of licensure shall be ten dollars ($10).

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 52. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3521.2.
  

The fees to be paid by physician assistant training programs are to be set by the board as follows:

(a) An application fee not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) shall be charged to each applicant seeking program approval by the board.

(b) An approval fee not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100) shall be charged to each program upon its approval by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 53. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3521.3.
  

(a) The board may establish, by regulation, a system for the placement of a license on a retired status, upon application, for a physician assistant who is not actively engaged in practice as a physician assistant or any activity that requires them to be licensed by the board.

(b) No licensee with a license on a retired status shall engage in any activity for which a license is required.

(c) The board shall deny an applicant’s application for a retired status license if the license is canceled or if the license is suspended, revoked, or otherwise punitively restricted by the board or subject to disciplinary action under this chapter.

(d) Beginning one year from the effective date of the regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (a), if an applicant’s license is delinquent, the board shall deny an applicant’s application for a retired status license.

(e) The board shall establish minimum qualifications for a retired status license.

(f) The board may exempt the holder of a retired status license from the renewal requirements described in Section 3524.5.

(g) The board shall establish minimum qualifications for the restoration of a license in a retired status to an active status. These minimum qualifications shall include, but are not limited to, continuing education and payment of a fee as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 3521.1.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 54. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3521.5.
  

The board shall report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of each house of the Legislature whenever the Medical Board of California approves a fee increase pursuant to Sections 3521 and 3521.1. The board shall specify the reasons for each increase in the report. Reports prepared pursuant to this section shall identify the percentage of funds derived from an increase in fees pursuant to Senate Bill 1077 of the 1991–92 Regular Session (Chapter 917, Statutes of 1991) that will be used for investigational and enforcement activities by the Medical Board of California and board.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 55. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3522.
  

An approval to supervise physician assistants shall expire at 12 midnight on the last day of the birth month of the physician and surgeon during the second year of a two-year term if not renewed.

The Medical Board of California shall establish a cyclical renewal program, including, but not limited to, the establishment of a system of staggered expiration dates for approvals and a pro rata formula for the payment of renewal fees by physician and surgeon supervisors.

To renew an unexpired approval, the approved supervising physician and surgeon, on or before the date of expiration, shall apply for renewal on a form prescribed by the Medical Board of California and pay the prescribed renewal fee.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 56. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3523.
  

All physician assistant licenses shall expire at 12 midnight of the last day of the birth month of the licensee during the second year of a two-year term if not renewed.

The board shall establish by regulation procedures for the administration of a birthdate renewal program, including, but not limited to, the establishment of a system of staggered license expiration dates and a pro rata formula for the payment of renewal fees by physician assistants affected by the implementation of the program.

To renew an unexpired license, the licensee shall, on or before the date of expiration of the license, apply for renewal on a form provided by the board, accompanied by the prescribed renewal fee.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 57. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3524.
  

A license or approval that has expired may be renewed at any time within five years after its expiration by filing an application for renewal on a form prescribed by the board or Medical Board of California, as the case may be, and payment of all accrued and unpaid renewal fees. If the license or approval is not renewed within 30 days after its expiration, the licensed physician assistant and approved supervising physician, as a condition precedent to renewal, shall also pay the prescribed delinquency fee, if any. Renewal under this section shall be effective on the date on which the application is filed, on the date on which all renewal fees are paid, or on the date on which the delinquency fee, if any, is paid, whichever occurs last. If so renewed, the license shall continue in effect through the expiration date provided in Section 3522 or 3523 which next occurs after the effective date of the renewal, when it shall expire, if it is not again renewed.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 58. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3524.5.
  

The board may require a licensee to complete continuing education as a condition of license renewal under Section 3523 or 3524. The board shall not require more than 50 hours of continuing education every two years. The board shall, as it deems appropriate, accept certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), or another qualified certifying body, as determined by the board, as evidence of compliance with continuing education requirements.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 59. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3525.
  

A suspended license is subject to expiration and shall be renewed as provided in this chapter. However, such renewal does not entitle such holder, to practice or otherwise violate the order or judgment by which the license was suspended.

A revoked license is subject to expiration as provided in this chapter. If the license is reinstated after expiration, the license holder, as a condition to reinstatement, shall pay a reinstatement fee in an amount equal to the renewal fee in effect on the last preceding regular renewal date before the date on which it is reinstated.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1448, Sec. 1.7.)

3526.
  

A person who fails to renew his or her license or approval within five years after its expiration may not renew it, and it may not be reissued, reinstated, or restored thereafter, but that person may apply for and obtain a new license or approval if he or she:

(a) Has not committed any acts or crimes constituting grounds for denial of licensure under Division 1.5 (commencing with Section 475).

(b) Takes and passes the examination, if any, which would be required of him or her if application for licensure was being made for the first time, or otherwise establishes to the satisfaction of the board that, with due regard for the public interest, he or she is qualified to practice as a physician assistant.

(c) Pays all of the fees that would be required as if application for licensure was being made for the first time.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 60. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

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