(a) A physician assistant may not practice independent of a collaborating physician.
(b) Before a licensed physician assistant may practice and before a collaborating physician may delegate medical acts to a physician assistant, the collaborating physician and the physician assistant shall:
(1) File a practice agreement with the appropriate licensing board, including any designated alternate collaborating physicians;
(2) Pay the applicable fees; and
(3) Receive written authorization from the appropriate licensing board to commence practicing as a physician assistant pursuant to the practice agreement.
(c) A physician applying to collaborate with a physician assistant shall affirm that:
(1) The medical services set forth in the practice agreement are consistent with the skills and training of the collaborating physician and the physician assistant; and
(2) The activities delegated to a physician assistant are consistent with sound medical practice and will protect the health and safety of the patient.
(d) A collaborating physician may enter into practice agreements with up to five full-time physician assistants at any one time. A physician is prohibited from being a collaborating or alternate collaborating physician to more than five physician assistants at any one time. However, a physician practicing medicine in an emergency department of a hospital or a physician who collaborating with a physician assistant who is employed by or on behalf of a hospital may collaborate with up to five physician assistants per shift if the physician has an authorized practice agreement in place with the physician assistant or the physician has been properly authorized as an alternate collaborating physician for each physician assistant.