Physician Assistant Arrest Reporting Requirements

California’s Business and Professions Code requires that Physician Assistants report only (1) the bringing of an indictment or information that charges the Physician Assistant with a felony and/or (2) the conviction of the Physician Assistant, including any verdict of guilty or plea of no contest, of any felony or misdemeanor.  While that should seem simple enough, there is a regulation that requires a Physician Assistant to report any arrest within 30 days, whether there is ultimately a conviction or not.  Any failure to report to California’s Physician Assistant Board results in unprofessional conduct under the Medical Practice Act and is grounds for discipline.  Reporting requirements are fraught with repercussions for any Physician Assistant, and any person having to make a report should consult an experienced attorney before taking any action.