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. During the 2016 Arizona Legislative session, the legislation ArMA worked on included the following:
SB 1473 – This bill would have expanded the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses, granting them independent practice and prescription writing authority without collaboration or oversight of a physician. It is ArMA’s position that this bill compromises patient safety and devalues physician education.
SB 1283 – This bill requires physicians and other prescribers to check the prescription monitoring program database (the CDPMP) before prescribing any opioid analgesic or benzodiazepine.
HB 2501 – This bill dealt with the streamlining of health boards, creating regulatory consistency, and antitrust risks posed by North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission.
HB 2310 – This bill would require that physicians be notified by pharmacists if an FDA-approved “interchangeable biologic product” is going to be substituted for another biologic prescribed by a physician.
HB 2502 – The licensure compact bill for physicians, this legislation creates an expedited process for doctors to gain licenses in any state that adopts the interstate compact. Learn more at www.licenseportability.org/.
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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