Under current law, medical assistants must obtain authorization from the Washington Medical Commission to practice at isolated sites. From July 1, 2021, medical assistants will be able to practice in isolated locations if this is within the framework of their practice agreement. The Washington Department of Health requires that only the applicant or licensee be able to complete an application or continuing education certificate. It is a legal certificate. Completion of the certificate by someone other than the applicant may constitute a crime to be declared. The Ministry of Health may act against people for perjury or false testimony they know to be false. For more information, see: These changes apply to medical assistants, supervisory physicians and their employers. The new laws require action by medical assistants and their supervisory physicians in anticipation of July 1, 2021, when it comes into force. For July 1, 2022, the effective date is not required. As of July 1, 2021, the osteopathic medical assistance license in Chapter 18.57A RCW is being replaced by the medical assistance license contained in 18.71A RCW.
Current osteopathic medical assistance licensees receive new medical assistance licenses pursuant to Chapter 18.71A RCW if they apply for an extension of the licence. On July 1, 2022, Chapter 18.57A RCW was repealed and references to all state statutes were replaced by references to Chapter 18.71A RCW. In a substantial change in existing legislation, practical agreements apply as soon as all parties sign them and no longer need the approval of the Washington Medical Commission. Instead, practice agreements are submitted by the medical assistant to the Washington Medical Commission as soon as they are signed. Practical agreements can also be amended at any time to reflect new tasks or responsibilities. The medical assistant is responsible for submitting amendments or amendments to the Washington Medical Commission.