37-20-410. Participation in disaster and emergency care -- liability of physician assistant and supervising physician. (1) A physician assistant licensed in this state, licensed or authorized to practice in another state, territory, or possession of the United States, or credentialed as a physician assistant by a federal employer who provides medical care in response to an emergency or a federal, state, or local disaster may provide that care either without supervision as required by this chapter or with whatever supervision is available. The provision of care allowed by this subsection is limited to the duration of the emergency or disaster.
(2) A physician who supervises a physician assistant providing medical care in response to an emergency or disaster as described in subsection (1) need not comply with the requirements of this chapter applicable to supervising physicians.
(3) A physician assistant referred to in subsection (1) who voluntarily, gratuitously, and other than in the ordinary course of employment or practice renders emergency medical care during an emergency or disaster described in subsection (1) is not liable for civil damages for a personal injury resulting from an act or omission in providing that care if the injury is caused by simple or ordinary negligence and if the care is provided somewhere other than in a health care facility as defined in 50-5-101 or a physician's office where those services are normally provided.
(4) A physician who supervises a physician assistant voluntarily and gratuitously providing emergency care at an emergency or disaster described in subsection (1) is not liable for civil damages for a personal injury resulting from an act or omission in supervising the physician assistant if the injury is caused by simple or ordinary negligence on the part of the physician assistant providing the care or on the part of the supervising physician.
History: En. Sec. 31, Ch. 519, L. 2005.