Quick Hit: Wash. Physician Assistant Signatures

20 Mar, 2024 Frank Ferreri


Seattle, WA (WorkersCompensation.com) -- What kind of documentation does the State of Washington require when a physician assistant signs off on treatment of an injured worker?

Here's what Washington wants from a physician assistant:

The department shall accept the signature of a physician assistant on any certificate, card, form, or other documentation required by the department that the physician assistant's supervising physician or physicians may sign, provided that it is within the physician assistant's scope of practice, and is consistent with the terms of the physician assistant's practice agreement.

The authority of a physician assistant to sign such certificates, cards, forms, or other documentation includes, but is not limited to, the execution of the certificate required in RCW 51.28.020.

A physician assistant may not rate a worker's permanent partial disability.

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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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