Effective July 1, 2018, the number of APRNs that you are able to enter into a practice agreement with increases from four to six. Additionally, there will no longer be a distance requirement as long as they are within the state of South Carolina (previously, physicians were only able to enter into a practice agreement with APRNs that were within 45 miles of them). APRNs will also be able to request to prescribe Schedule II and Schedule II Controlled Drugs in the practice agreements. We encourage you to review any practice agreements that you currently have with APRNs and check the medical board website for further information.
Also be aware that a bill (H. 5404) was introduced at the end of session that would place a surcharge on all physician license renewals in order to help offset the $100 million short fall in the Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) Malpractice Fund. While this bill did not pass, it will likely be come up for review again next year. Please contact your local legislator to let your voice be heard.