Politics & Government

Panel approves physician assistant, acupuncture bills

A state Senate panel unanimously approved two bills Tuesday. The sponsor of Senate Bill 41, Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, said it would reduce doctors’ administrative workloads so more patients could be treated.

The bill requires a supervising physician to review and countersign at least 10 percent of the medical notes written by a physician assistant every 30 days. Buford said the bill had the backing of the Kentucky Medical Association and Kentucky Association of Physician Assistants.

The Senate committee also approved SB 29, which would change acupuncture from a certified to a licensed profession. Buford said Kentucky does not have a licensing system for ­acupuncturists. Both bills now go to the full Senate.