CATEGORY: Health Quality Subcommittee

Certification for Prescriptive Authority 1443

Currently, psychologists are unable to subscribe medication and must outsource to psychiatrist for that function, even if the psychologist already has the training to do so. This bill would allow psychologists who meet specific criteria to prescribe certain drugs improving health care access and removing regulatory barriers for patients. Both bills failed to advance beyond the committee process.

Bill Categories: Health Quality Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

Automated Pharmacy System HB 59

While technology as a whole has continued to advance at a rapid pace, our ability to utilize new ways to work is often held up over red tape and regulations. This legislation seeks to cut through some of that red tape by allowing the use of video kiosks that would link customers directly to a licensed pharmacist to take their prescription order and then dispense it through the machine, cutting down on waiting times for medications. HB 59 advanced through the House and Senate and was sent to the Governor to be signed.

Bill Categories: Health Quality Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

Keep Our Graduates Working HB 115

Under current law medical practitioners face having their license revoked if they don’t pay back certain student loans. While payment should be enforced for all debts, punishing them by revoking a person’s ability to work creates a harsher than necessary damage that also prevents them from securing the funding to pay those loans back. This legislation would allow these workers to continue providing their expertise to the community while they look for ways to repay. HB 115 was approved by the Senate and the House and sent to the Governor to sign.

Bill Categories: Health Quality Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses 607

Medical professionals such as nurses are often trained to do far more procedures than is actually allowed by regulations or law. This bill would expand the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse to perform a host of procedures they’ve previously been certified to do without needed direct doctor supervision, allowing more patients to be seen and giving doctors the time to dedicate to patients who need their advanced skills. HB 607 passed through both legislative chambers and was signed into law by the Governor.

Bill Categories: Health Quality Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

Dispensing Medicinal Drugs HB 57

Currently, a physician may dispense up to a 24-hour supply of a medicinal drug to a patient the physician is treating in an emergency department of a hospital. If the patient needs more than a 24-hour supply of a drug, the physician must provide the patient with a prescription for use after the initial 24-hour period. These bills would expand this authorization to allow all prescribers, not just physicians, to prescribe medicinal drugs upon release. While HB 57 and SB 100 managed to move through the committee process, they were unable to pass their respective chambers.

Bill Categories: Health Quality Subcommittee

AFP POSITION: Support

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