2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Murphy, Horlacher,
Thiesfeldt, Kooyenga, Considine, Kremer, E. Brooks and Spiros,
cosponsored by Senators Petrowski and Wirch. Referred to Committee on
1An Act to amend
441.16 (6), 448.21 (1) (d) and 448.21 (3); and to create
(2m) of the statutes; relating to: delegation of the practice of podiatry.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Generally, under current law, no person may practice podiatry unless the
person is licensed as a podiatrist. This bill creates an exception to this prohibition
for a physician assistant or advanced practice nurse prescriber who is providing
nonsurgical patient services as directed, supervised, and inspected by a podiatrist.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
441.16 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
Nothing in this section prohibits a nurse from issuing a prescription 5
order as an act delegated by a physician, and nothing in this section prohibits an
6advanced practice nurse certified under this section from issuing a prescription order
7as an act delegated by a podiatrist
448.21 (1) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) The practice of podiatry within the meaning of s. 448.60 (4),
2except pursuant to a delegation by a podiatrist under s. 448.62 (2m)
448.21 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
448.21 (3) Prescriptive authority.
A physician assistant may issue a 5
prescription order for a drug or device in accordance with guidelines established by 6
a supervising physician and the physician assistant and with rules promulgated by 7
the board. If any conflict exists between the guidelines and the rules, the rules shall 8
control. Nothing in this subsection prohibits a physician assistant from issuing a
9prescription order as an act delegated by a podiatrist.
448.62 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
Any health care professional who is providing nonsurgical patient 12
services as directed, supervised, and inspected by a podiatrist who has the power to 13
direct, decide, and oversee the implementation of the patient services rendered. In 14
this subsection, “health care professional” means a physician assistant licensed 15
under subch. II of ch. 448 or an advanced practice nurse certified to issue prescription 16
orders under s. 441.16.