Any physician assistant who treats a patient shall inform the patient about the availability of reasonable alternate medical modes of treatment and about the benefits and risks of these treatments. The reasonable physician assistant standard is the standard for informing a patient under this section. The reasonable physician assistant standard requires disclosure only of information that a reasonable physician assistant in the same or a similar medical specialty would know and disclose under the circumstances. The physician assistant’s duty to inform the patient under this section does not require disclosure of any of the following:

Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 448.9785

  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Physician assistant: means a person licensed as a physician assistant under subch. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
   (1)   Detailed technical information that in all probability a patient would not understand.
   (2)   Risks apparent or known to the patient.
   (3)   Extremely remote possibilities that might falsely or detrimentally alarm the patient.
   (4)   Information in emergencies where failure to provide treatment would be more harmful to the patient than treatment.
   (5)   Information in cases where the patient is incapable of consenting.
   (6)   Information about alternate medical modes of treatment for any condition the physician assistant has not included in his or her diagnosis at the time the physician informs the patient.