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Behavioral Health Providers
Prior Authorization Requirements For Providers Prescribing Buprenorphine-Containing Products

Prior authorization requirements are up to the discretion of the state Medicaid program or insurance company.

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Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

New Mexico credentials two types of addiction counselors. Licensed Substance Abuse Associates requires, at minimum, an associate degree in a qualifying field, 90 hours of relevant education courses and supervised experience. A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor requires, at minimum, an associate degree, 276 hours of relevant education courses and 3,000 hours of experience. A higher-level degree can substitute the number of hours (i.e. a person with a bachelor's degree needs 2,000 hours). N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-9A and New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Clinical mental health counselors assess and provide diagnostic descriptions of mental, emotional or behavioral conditions. Counselors explore possible solutions and develop and implement a treatment plan for mental, emotional and psychosocial adjustment or development. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-9A-3(Q)

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

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

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Certified Nurse Midwife Practice and Prescriptive Authority

Full independent practice and prescriptive authority.

Practice by NMs encompasses independently providing a full range of primary health care services for women from adolescence to beyond menopause. They conduct physical examinations; independently prescribe, distribute, and administer dangerous drugs, devices, and contraceptive methods, and controlled substances in Schedules II-V. N.M. Admin. Code §16.11.2.10

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Nurse Practitioner Practice and Prescriptive Authority

Full independent practice and prescriptive authority.

An NP is licensed by the State Board of Nursing. NPs may independently prescribe prescription drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-3-23.2(B)(2)

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Nurse Practitioner Authority to Sign POLST Forms

NPs are authorized to sign medical orders for scope of treatment forms. N.M. Admin. Code §7.27.6.7

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers. NPs may serve as a primary acute, chronic long-term and end-of-life health care provider and as necessary collaborate with licensed medical doctors, osteopathic physicians or podiatrists. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-3-23.2(B)(3)

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Optometrists
Authority to Perform Ophthalmic Procedures

Optometrists may remove or drain superficial eyelid lesions and conjunctival cysts. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-2-2

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may administer all pharmaceutical agents for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, including epinephrine auto-injections to counter anaphylaxis. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-2-10.2

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Prescription of Controlled Substances

Optometrists may prescribe Schedule III-V controlled substances and also Schedule II hydrocodone or hydrocodone combination medications. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-2-10.2

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Oral Health Providers
Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

A dental hygienist may practice in any setting with a collaborative agreement and can own or manage a collaborative dental hygiene practice. The dental hygienist must enter into a written agreement with a dentist that contains protocols for care and must meet experience requirements. No supervision is required to apply topical fluorides and remineralization agents in certain settings. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-5A-4(C) and N.M. Admin. Code §16.5.17

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Dental Therapists

Dental therapists is a licensed dental hygienist who holds a degree from a dental therapy education program. The dental therapists works under a practice agreement with a supervising dentist. The agreement outlines the parameters of care, level of supervision and protocols to be followed while performing dental therapy procedures on patients. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-5A-3

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Practice of Teledentistry

Teledentistry means a dentist's, dental hygienist's or dental therapist's use of electronic information, imaging and communication technologies, including interactive audio, video and data communications as well as store-and-forward technologies, to provide and support dental health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of dental data and education. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-5A-3

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Pharmacists
Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

New Mexico has not enacted legislation allowing pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the federal PREP Act does allow pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine through the duration of the public health emergency.

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Prescription Adaptation

New Mexico does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

A pharmacist must complete a training course in the subject area of hormonal contraception drug therapy and must include instruction in specific content areas. The pharmacist must also complete continuing education requirements every two years. A written protocol for hormonal contraception drug therapy must be approved by the Board of Pharmacy. Prescriptive authority for hormonal contraception drug therapy includes drugs outlined in the written protocol. N.M. Admin. Code §16.19.26.13

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

A pharmacist must complete a training course in the subject area of tobacco cessation drug therapy and must include instruction in specific content areas. The pharmacist must also complete continuing education requirements every two years. A written protocol for tobacco cessation drug therapy must be approved by the Board of Pharmacy. Prescriptive authority for tobacco cessation drug therapy includes prescription and non-prescription therapies. N.M. Admin. Code §16.19.26.10

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Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant Practice and Prescriptive Authority

Collaboration allowed with a physician for practice and prescriptive authority.

A PA shall not practice medicine until the PA has established a supervising or collaborating relationship with a licensed physician in accordance with rules promulgated by the board. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-6C-3(G)

"Collaboration" means the process by which a licensed physician and a PA jointly contribute to the health care and medical treatment of patients. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-6-6

PAs may prescribe, administer, dispense and distribute dangerous drugs other than controlled substances in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act pursuant to rules adopted by the board after consultation with the board of pharmacy if the prescribing, administering, dispensing and distributing are done with the supervision of a licensed physician or in collaboration with a licensed physician. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-6C-3(C)

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Number of PAs Supervised

Statute does not limit the number of PAs a physician may supervise.

A physician may supervise as many physician assistants as the physician can effectively supervise and communicate with in the circumstances of their particular practice setting. N.M. Admin. Code §16.10.15.10(A)

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Chart Co-Signatures

New Mexico does not currently have any provisions related to chart review or co-chart signatures.

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Adaptable Proximity Requirements

Statute allows adaptable proximity.

Collaboration shall not be construed to require the physical presence of the licensed physician at the time and place services are rendered; […] N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-6-6(C)

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Scope of Practice Determination

The PA may only perform the acts and duties assigned by the supervising physician that are within the scope of practice of the physician. N.M. Stat. Ann. §61-6-7(D)

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