MSHP Public Policy Committee
Author: Bert McClary, RPh (retired)
The Public Policy Committee met by telephone conference in its scheduled monthly meetings on October 5 and November 2.
During discussion of the practice advancement legislation proposal the committee was told that although MHA is very interested in supporting this and has agreed to help draft bill language, their regulatory staff is very busy at this time with DHSS rules and other legislation proposals. Discussion was held regarding possibly asking MPA again to write the bill language since the proposed changes were agreed on last spring, but this would be a decision to be made by the practice advancement group.
The technician legislation proposal has been facilitated with MHA by individual pharmacists, and MSHP has also expressed support. MHA has agreed to provide draft bill language for pharmacy groups to review, but has not had time to do so. The goal of the proposal is to provide open language regarding technician qualifications and scope of practice that can accommodate future changes in pharmacy practice. The scope of the legislation will be limited to hospitals and hospital facilities. Discussion included whether or not it would be advantageous to also develop a DHSS hospital licensing rule using similar criteria. PP Committee volunteers will develop draft language for promotional materials that provides evidence of both increased patient safety and economic advantages of advanced technician scope of practice.
Both of these proposals will need fast review and turnaround by interested pharmacy groups in order to select sponsors, file the bills and begin promotion by lobbying partners. Pre-filing of bills for the 2018 legislative session begins December 1, and lobbyists often begin promoting bills during November.
Other agenda discussion topics included:
Practice Advancement Legislation Group
This voluntary multidisciplinary practice group, which is described in the January and September Newsletters, is preparing a legislative proposal to grant authority for pharmacists to prescribe drugs and controlled substances through MTS protocol agreements with physicians. This will enable improved patient medication management by pharmacists who are allowed to practice not only at the top of their license but also at the top of their competency.
A core group of participants met by telephone conference on September 21 to review the current status of the proposal, make recommendations for finalizing the language, and make recommendations for promoting the bill to the legislature and to interested persons and organizations. Discussions included the following:
During later discussions about this proposal at the BOP Hospital Advisory Committee meeting and the BOP open session, it was stated that MHA is extremely busy with other regulatory issues, but hoped to have bill language ready in November. It was also noted that BOP has discussed this proposal with MHA.