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The definitions set forth in this section apply throughout this chapter.
(1) "Commission" means the Washington medical commission.
(2) "Department" means the department of health.
(3) "Physician" means a physician licensed under chapter 18.57 or 18.71 RCW.
(4) "Physician assistant" means a person who is licensed by the commission to practice medicine according to a practice agreement with one or more participating physicians, with at least one of the physicians working in a supervisory capacity, and who is academically and clinically prepared to provide health care services and perform diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative, and health maintenance services.
(5) "Practice agreement" means an agreement entered under RCW 18.71A.120.
(6) "Practice medicine" has the meaning defined in RCW 18.71.011 and also includes the practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery as defined in RCW 18.57.001.
(7) "Secretary" means the secretary of health or the secretary's designee.


Reviser's note: The definitions in this section have been alphabetized pursuant to RCW 1.08.015(2)(k).
Effective date2020 c 80 §§ 1-10 and 60: "Sections 1 through 10 and 60 of this act take effect July 1, 2021." [ 2020 c 80 § 61.]
Intent2020 c 80: "The legislature intends to modernize the practice of physician assistants in order to increase access to care, reduce barriers to employment of physician assistants, and optimize the manner in which physician assistants deliver quality medical care." [ 2020 c 80 § 1.]
SeverabilityHeadings and captions not lawEffective date1994 sp.s. c 9: See RCW 18.79.900 through 18.79.902.
Severability1971 ex.s. c 30: "If any provision of this 1971 act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [ 1971 ex.s. c 30 § 13.]
Washington medical commission: Chapter 18.71 RCW.
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