PA 08-48—SB 507

Judiciary Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMISSIBILITY OF REPORTS PREPARED BY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS AND ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES

SUMMARY: This act applies the same rules in civil cases concerning the admissibility of records, reports, and acts of physician assistants (PA) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) as currently apply to physicians, dentists, chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists, podiatrists, psychologists, emergency medical technicians, and optometrists.

Specifically, the act allows signed reports and bills of PA's and APRN's to be introduced in any civil action as business entry evidence without calling the professional to testify. The act establishes a presumption that the signature on the report is the PA's or APRN's and that it was made in the ordinary course of business.

Also, the act allows any party in a civil action for personal injuries or death to apply to the court where the action is pending to introduce as a business entry, written records and reports about the injured or deceased patient made by a PA or APRN who (1) died before the trial or (2) is physically or mentally disabled at the time of trial and no longer actively engaged in his or her profession. These records and reports must be about the circumstances under which the patient's injury or death was sustained.

The court must determine whether the PA or APRN is disabled to the extent that he or she cannot testify in person. If the court finds that the person is disabled, it must admit the evidence as a business entry.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008

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