Liability: Physician Assistant During Disaster
When an emergency declaration is in effect, a physician assistant from any state who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides emergency medical assistance will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. The physician assistant can provide medical care during a declared emergency without physician supervision, if it is not available.
Participation in Disaster and Emergency Care
No person licensed under the provisions of the Act and these Regulations or members of the same profession licensed to practice in other states of the United States or members of the same profession credentialed by a federal employer who voluntarily and gratuitously, and other than in the ordinary course of his or her employment or practice, renders emergency medial assistance during an emergency or a state or local disaster may render such care without supervision as set forth in § 5-54-2(10) of the Act, or with such supervision as is available. Any physician who supervises a physician assistant providing medical care in response to such an emergency or state or local disaster shall not be required to meet the supervising physician requirements set forth in § 5-54-2(10) of the Act. The immunity granted by this section does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross, willful, wanton negligence or when the medical assistance is rendered at any hospital, physician's office, or other health care delivery entity where those services are normally rendered.