Guided by ArMA leadership, the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee, and the ArMA Policy Compendium, ArMA actively advocates for Arizona physicians at the state legislature on issues related to regulation, scope of practice, and the state budget. ArMA works closely with other members of the health care community to advocate in the best interests of physicians and patients.
ArMA’s lobbying team tracks hundreds of bills throughout the legislative session. Here are some highlights of legislation on which ArMA is working during the 2017 session.
SB 1336 – This bill would expand the scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), granting them independence from physician direction during anesthesia procedures. It is ArMA’s position that this bill compromises patient safety.
HB 2194 bans minor children from using indoor tanning facilities. HB 2134 removes the ban on children applying their own sunscreen in schools and camps. ArMA supports both of these bills.
HB 2335 seeks to decrease tobacco and nicotine addiction in Arizona by increasing the minimum purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. ArMA, along with numerous other health focused advocacy groups, supports the legislation.
SB 1080 bans texting by teen drivers for the first six months of licensure. After years of unsuccessful attempts to address distracted driving, SB 1080 has some momentum. ArMA supports the legislation.
SB 1269 expands a pharmacist's scope of practice to include: dispensing of emergency refills for certain medications; prescription and dispensing of tobacco cessation drug therapies (not Chantix and Zyban); and prescription and administration of oral fluoride varnish, if outlined requirements are met. ArMA has been working closely with physician advocacy groups to ensure that the legislation includes adequate requirements needed to protect patient safety and to not improperly override the physician - patient relationship.
HB 2195 is the Arizona Medical Board’s (AMB) bill to make helpful changes to improve efficiencies with the licensing statutes for MDs – a bill ArMA supports and has been helping to shepherd through the process.
SB 1028 continues the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery (Board) for eight years. ArMA, along with the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), supports the bill.
SB 1452 makes changes to the health licensing board statutes, particularly related to what portions of a health professional licensee’s disciplinary records must be posted on the licensing board’s website for public availability. It states that all disciplinary and final non-disciplinary actions and orders against a licensee are to be posted on the board’s website. Importantly, however, letters of concern and advisory letters are not to be posted (they still will be available if a member of the public requests them). The bill makes several other changes to the health regulatory boards – most of which have previously been implemented by the AMB.
ArMA issues a complete Legislative Report each summer on the preceding session. Legislative Reports going back to 1999 are available by contacting Sharla Hooper by email or phone 800-482-3840. The Legislative Updates are in Adobe Portable Document File (PDF) format.
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