Two weeks ago, NASPA reported there were 50 pieces of legislation in state legislatures across the U.S. that related to one of the three categories of state provider status. Since then, 13 of those bills have moved forward in the legislative process and another nine were added (some of these nine were additional carryovers from 2017 that saw new activity in the last two weeks). This brings the total to 59 bills related to state provider status NASPA is tracking in the 2018 session.
Still a majority of the bills (40) relate to some aspect of pharmacist scope of practice (medication/immunization administration, collaborative practice agreements, prescriptive authority, etc), but there are also eight related to payment for pharmacists’ services and seven that relate to pharmacists’ designation as providers. (Note that one bill hits on all three categories).
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