Can Physician Assistant Start Their Own Professional Corporation in California?

Are you a physician assistant in California dreaming of owning your practice? Are you aspiring for autonomy, increased profits, and flexible hours? You’re not alone.

Many PAs share this vision, yet navigating the legal intricacies can be daunting.

Can Physician Assistant Start Their Own Professional Corporation in California?

Our firm has assisted clients like you, addressing the pivotal question: “Can physician assistants establish their professional corporation in California?”

Looking into the nuances between physician assistant professional corporations and medical corporations, we illuminate the legal landscape, clarifying the avenues through which PAs can own and operate their practices, including the employment of licensed healthcare professionals.

Let’s explore your possibilities together!

Can Professional Physician Assistant Start Their Own Professional Physician Assistant Corporation in California? 2 Things to Consider

When considering whether a physician assistant can establish a professional corporation in California, the first step is understanding the client’s objectives. Asking crucial questions like “What are you trying to accomplish?” allows us to delve into the intricacies of California law.

Central to this inquiry is whether a physician assistant can serve as a supervising physician and employ licensed physicians as staff. To unravel these complexities, we must examine the nature of the corporation involved.

By discerning whether a physician assistant can own a medical corporation and enlist licensed healthcare professionals such as doctors and surgeons, we navigate the legal landscape, guiding clients toward informed decisions.

A. Physician Assistant Corporation operates under Corporations Code 13401.5.

To establish a professional medical corporation, you must have a minimum of 51% ownership by physicians. Conversely, for a physician assistant corporation, at least 51% of ownership must be held by physician assistants.

While the physician assistant can possess at least 51% of the shares, co-shareholders can own up to 49%. Permissible co-shareholders within the physician assistant corporation include:

  • Licensed physicians and surgeons
  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed acupuncturists
  • Naturopathic doctors
  • Licensed midwives

B. Physicians are duly licensed under Division 2 of the Business Professions Code (BPC)

This information can be found in the 2011 California Code under Division 2 (Healing Arts [500 – 4999.122]), Chapter 7.7, Article 8. This section also grants authorization for physician assistant corporations to provide professional services.

For further details, you can refer to the following codes:

  • DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 – 4999.129]
  • CHAPTER 5. Medicine [2000 – 2529.6]
  • ARTICLE 1. Administration [2000 – 2028.5]

Chapter 2000 is identified as the Medical Practice Act and can be cited accordingly. Any statute mentioning the Medical Practice Act pertains to the provisions outlined in this chapter.

Medical professionals eligible for ownership in a medical professional corporation under Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code encompass:

  • Doctors of podiatric medicine
  • Licensed optometrists
  • Registered nurses and licensed psychologists
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers
  • Licensed physician assistants
  • Licensed chiropractors and acupuncturists
  • Naturopathic doctors
  • Licensed professional clinical counselors and physical therapists
  • Licensed pharmacists
  • Licensed midwives

FAQ – Form a Physician Assistant Professional Corporation

Can A Physician Assistant Hire a Licensed Healthcare Professional as per he state law?

According to California Corporations Code 13401.5, a professional corporation has the authority to employ any individual who holds a valid license under Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code (BPC).

Physicians fall within this category, so a professional physician assistant corporation can hire licensed physicians to provide professional services.

To recap, California physician assistant can hire licensed healthcare professionals, provided the physician assistant corporation adheres to its legal framework, and the prospective hire holds a license under Division 2 of the BPC.

Are There Namestyle Formalities That Need to Be Followed When Forming Physician Assistants Corporation in California?

When forming a California Professional Physician Assistants Corporation, it’s essential to adhere to specific namestyle formalities outlined in California Business and Professions Code 3543.

This entails ensuring that the corporation’s business name and any other names it operates under for rendering professional services include the term “physician assistant.” Additionally, these names should incorporate wording or abbreviations indicating the corporation’s corporate existence.

Are Physician Assistants Corporations in California Allowed to Use Fictitious Business Names?

Physician Assistants Corporations in California are permitted to utilize fictitious business names, commonly called “Doing Business As” (DBA) names. The Physician Assistant Board does not impose any restrictions on the use of fictitious business names by these corporations.

Do I need a certificate of registration as a physician assistant at a corporation?

Professional corporations or foreign professional corporations that provide professional services through individuals duly licensed by the Board of Registered Physician Assistants are exempt from the requirement to obtain a certificate of registration to render their professional services.

Summing Up – Starting a Professional Physician Assistants Incorporation

Physician Assistants can establish their professional corporation in California, governed by specific regulations outlined in the state’s Business and Professions Code.

These regulations encompass name style formalities, permitting the use of fictitious business names and exempting the corporation from obtaining a certificate of registration.

By adhering to these guidelines, Physician Assistants can navigate the process of forming their corporation, providing them with opportunities for autonomy and professional growth within the healthcare industry in California.

 

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