*** NEW Emergency Physician Assistant Rule***
Senate Bill 668, which became effective on June 4, 2019, creates an entirely new procedural system that must be utilized for the regulation of hospital-based physician assistant practice. This emergency rule is explicitly authorized by SB668 and is necessary for the immediate preservation of public health, safety, and welfare as it ensures the proper mechanisms are in place to authorize physician assistants to practice in hospital settings. The Board authorized the filing of an agency approved version of this legislative rule which incorporates changes made as a result of comments and as a result of consultation with the Board of Medicine regarding changes they made in response to comments received. The Board submits this amended emergency rule to mirror those changes so that the legislative rule in progrss and the emergency rule are identical.
The Board of Osteopathic Medicine was established in 1923 by legislative action under the signature of Governor, Ephraim F. Morgan. One of the first board meetings was held in the Daniel Boone Hotel in Charleston, WV where the board office is currently located.
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About the Board
The West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine is a state agency that licenses osteopathic physicians and osteopathic physician assistants. By statute, we are composed of five licensed physicians with at least five years of practice, one Physician Asistant member, and two lay members appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate.