Legislative Updates

The SC Legislature passed and the Governor has signed several items directly affecting you.

S. 345 (Senator Davis) expands the role of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN’s) which would, among other
things, allow prescribing of schedule II drugs pursuant to a practice agreement in certain circumstances, including
hospice and palliative care settings.

S. 918 (Senators Peeler, Malloy, Hembree and M. B. Matthews) establishes certain prescribing limitations when
prescribing narcotics to minors and requires DHEC to provide prescription reports to practitioners.

H. 3819 (Reps. Bedingfield, Fry, Henderson and others) which establishes requirements for prescribing opioid analgesics
to minors.

H. 4116 (Reps. Ridgeway, Douglas, Spires, G. M. Smith, and others) which prohibits hospitals and insurance companies
from enjoining physicians to secure a maintenance of certification as a condition for licensure or admitting privileges
at a hospital in this state. The bill was amended by the Senate to include Federally Qualified Health Centers.

H. 4117 (Reps. Henderson, Bedingfield and Fry) would add an exception to the confidentiality of data in the
prescription monitoring program for drug courts.

H. 4698 (Rep. G. M. Smith) waive’s state examination requirements for physicians who practice administrative medicine
relating to Social Security disability determinations within a state agency.

H. 5159 (Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee) a Joint Resolution to approve regulations of the
Department of Health and Environmental Control relating to standards for licensing Hospices.