Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

Minnesota credentials one type of addiction counselor. A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors requires a bachelor’s degree, 270 hours of relevant education courses and 880 hours of experience. Minn. Stat. §148F and Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

A licensed professional counselor may implement professional counseling treatment interventions including evaluation, treatment planning, assessment and referral, and they may also provide direct counseling services to individuals, groups, and families. Diagnostic ability is not outlined in statute. Minn. Stat. §148B.50

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 66 NPs in Minnesota have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. Consistent with their prescriptive authority and with proper training or appropriate experience an NP in independent practice can receive a federal waiver to dispense buprenorphine-containing products. An NP who is prescribing while in collaborative practice with a physician may be able to receive a federal waiver with proper training or experience and as long as the collaborating physician is certified, trained, or permitted to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder. Minn. Stat. §148.211, Minn. Stat. §148.235(7a) and Minn. Stat. §152.12(1)

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 15 PAs in Minnesota have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. A PA in Minnesota may prescribe controlled substances when delegated by a supervising physician and set out in a delegation agreement. With proper training or appropriate experience a PA in Minnesota can receive a federal waiver to dispense buprenorphine-containing products, as long as the supervising physician is certified, trained, or permitted to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder. Minn. Stat. §147A.18

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The standards for the certification of peer recovery specialists, including experience, training, and supervision requirements, are developed and administered by a third-party, non-profit certification provider.

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Practice Authority

An NP must practice for at least 2,080 hours within the context of a collaborative agreement with a physician before full independent practice authority can be granted. Minn. Stat. §148.211

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Prescriptive Authority

An NP may independently prescribe prescription drugs, devices and Schedule II-V controlled substances. Minn. Stat. §152.12(1), Minn. Stat. §148.235(7a)

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers. The practice of an NP includes functioning as a primary care provider, direct care provider, case manager, consultant, educator and researcher. Minn. Stat. §148.171(13)

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Authority to perform ophthalmic procedures

Optometrists may only examine, diagnose and treat conditions of the visual system. Minn. Stat. §148.56 (7)(b)(2)

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may use injections to counter anaphylactic reactions as well as the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. Minn. Stat. §148.56 (7)(b)(1) and Minnesota Health Care Program Provider Manual.

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Prescription of controlled substances

Optometrists may prescribe Schedule IV-V controlled substances. Minn. Stat. §148.56 (7)

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

Dental hygienists who are employed or retained by a health care facility, program or nonprofit organization to perform dental hygiene services may perform those services without the patient being first seen by a dentist if the dental hygienist meets certain experience requirements and enters into a written collaborative agreement with a dentist. Minn. Stat. §150A.10(1a)

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Dental Therapists

Dental therapists must have a written collaborative management agreement with a dentist. Statute outlines what must be included in the agreement including practice settings and any limitations on services. Dental therapists may prescribe analgesics, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics if outlined in the written practice agreement. Minn. Stat. §150A.105

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Practice of Teledentistry

Minnesota allows for the practice of teledentistry. Medicaid allows for reimubursement for teledentistry services through live video and store-and-forward modalities. Reimbursement for teledentistry is the same as face-to-face encounters. Minnesota Health Care Programs, Provider Manual, Dental Services

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Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

Pharmacists may administer influenza vaccines and vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration related to COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 to all eligible individuals 6 years of age and older and all other vaccines to patients 13 years of age and older by written protocol with a physician, a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse.

The protocol must include:
1. Name, dose and route of each vaccine that may be given.
2. Patient population for whom the vaccine may be given.
3. Contraindications and precautions to the vaccine.
4. Procedure for handling an adverse reaction.
5. Name, signature, address and phone number of the physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.
6. Date and time period for which the protocol is valid.

Pharmacists must successfully complete a program approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education specifically for the administration of immunizations or a program approved by the board and reports the administration of the immunization to the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection. (Minn. Stat. § 151.01 Subd. 27)

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Prescription Adaptation

Minnesota does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

A pharmacist may prescribe self-administered hormonal contraceptives. A pharmacist must follow a protocol that requires patients to complete a self-screening tool to identify patient risk factors and the pharmacist must review the screening tool with the patient. The protocol also outlines situations when the pharmacist must refer a patient to the patient’s primary care provider or to a nearby clinic or hospital. The patient must be 18 years of age or older or if the patient is under the age of 18, the patient has previously been prescribed a self-administered hormonal contraceptive by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse.

A pharmacist must complete a training program on prescribing self-administered hormonal contraceptives and complete continuing education requirements. A pharmacist must provide counseling to the patient on the use of self-administered hormonal contraceptives and provide the patient with a fact sheet. Minn. Stat. §151.37 Subd. 14.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

A pharmacist may prescribe nicotine replacement medications. Before a pharmacist may prescribe nicotine replacement medications they must successfully complete a training program specifically developed for prescribing nicotine replacement medications and complete continuing education requirements. A pharmacist shall provide counseling to the patient on the use of the nicotine replacement medication and provide the patient with a fact sheet on nicotine replacement medications. Minn. Stat. §151.37 Subd. 15

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Supervision Requirements

A written delegation agreement between the supervising physician and the PA is required and outlines what defines the supervisory relationship. Minn. Stat. §147A.20

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A PA may prescribe drugs, devices and controlled substances if delegated by the supervising physician and identified in the delegation agreement. Minn. Stat. §147A.18

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Scope of Practice Determination

The delegation agreement outlines the duties and responsibilities of the PA as assigned by the physician. The services must be within the training and experience of the PA. Minn. Stat. §147A.09

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