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Being a CPSO Registrant

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Will PAs be required to carry professional liability insurance?

Yes. All regulated health care professionals, including PAs, will be required to have professional liability protection. PAs will be required to hold at least $10 million in professional liability insurance issued by a company licensed to carry on business in the province.

Members of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) have access to a group insurance policy offered by BMS Canada Risk Service Ltd. For more information, please contact CAPA.

Do PAs need to fulfil any Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements?

Yes. The regulations require that PAs participate in a program of CPD and that PAs shall, each year, provide to CPSO proof of their participation that is satisfactory to CPSO.

PAs will be required to complete the CPD requirements set by their certifying body, which is either the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC) or National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

For more information, please refer to the CPD section of CAPA’s website or the Maintain Certification page on NCCPA’s website.

Are PAs expected to comply with CPSO’s policies for physicians?

Yes. As a regulated profession, PAs will have to meet their legal obligations prescribed by regulations under the Medicine Act, 1991, as well as the professional obligations set out by CPSO. PAs should make themselves familiar with CPSO policies and comply with them, where applicable. Over time, PA specific guidance will also be developed.

Can a physician bill OHIP for services provided by a PA?

There are specific rules around billing the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) for delegated procedures, which can only be done in limited circumstances. Further details can be found in the “Delegated Procedure” section of the General Preamble to the Schedule of Benefits. Questions about OHIP billing can be directed to the Ministry of Health.

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