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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

Wyoming credentials three types of addiction counselors. Certified Addiction Practitioner Assistants requires, at minimum, an associate degree in a relevant field and 270 hours of relevant education courses. A Certified Addictions Practitioner requires a bachelor's degree in a mental health field and 21 hours of relevant education courses. A Licensed Addictions Therapist requires a master's degree in a relevant mental health field, completion of relevant education courses and 3,000 hours of supervised experience. Wyo. Stat. §33-38 and Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Licensed professional counselors may treat, diagnose, test, assess or counsel individuals or groups to alleviate mental disorders, understand unconscious or conscious motivation, resolve emotional relationships, or attitudinal conflicts, or modify behaviors that interfere with effective emotional, social or intellectual functioning. Wyo. Stat. §33-38-102(a)(viii)

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The certification standards and procedures for peer specialists are developed and administered by the Wyoming Department of Health. The standards include requirements for peer specialist qualifications, training, examination and supervision.

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Certified Nurse Midwife Practice and Prescriptive Authority

Full independent practice and prescriptive authority.

APRNs (including CNMs) are recognized and licensed by the State Board of Nursing. Wyo. Stat. §33-21-120

APRNs (including CNMs) are authorized to prescribe prescription drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances. Wyo. Stat. §33-21-120(a)(i)(A)

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Nurse Practitioner Practice and Prescriptive Authority

Full independent practice and prescriptive authority.

APRNs (including NPs) are recognized and licensed by the State Board of Nursing. Wyo. Stat. §33-21-120

APRNs (including NPs) are authorized to prescribe prescription drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances. Wyo. Stat. §33-21-120(a)(i)(A)

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Nurse Practitioner Authority to Sign POLST Forms

NPs are authorized to sign POLST forms as a patient's primary health care provider. Wyo. Stat. §35-22-504

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers. Primary care means care provided by a family practice physician, pediatrician, internist, obstetrician or an NP or PA in a similar practice. Wyo. Stat. §26-1-104

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Optometrists
Authority to Perform Ophthalmic Procedures

Optometrists may perform all procedures included in their full scope of practice, including laser surgery. Wyo. Stat. §33-23-101

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may administer any therapeutic pharmaceutical agent. Wyo. Stat. §33-23-101

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Prescription of Controlled Substances

Optometrists may prescribe Schedule III-V controlled substances and Schedule II controlled substances containing hydrocodone combinations. Wyo. Stat. §33-23-102

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Oral Health Providers
Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

A public health dental hygienist may provide prophylaxis, fluoride varnishes, oral health education, and dental screenings in certain facilities. The dental hygienist must have a collaborative agreement with a dentist. Wyo. Admin. Code §7-5(c)

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Dental Therapists

Dental therapists are not recognized in state policy as an oral health provider.

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Practice of Teledentistry

Wyoming does not explicitly allow for the practice of teledentistry.

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Pharmacists
Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

Wyoming 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

Wyoming does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

Wyoming does not allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

Wyoming does not allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation aids.

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Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant Practice and Prescriptive Authority

Supervision or collaboration not required for practice or prescriptive authority.

A PA may collaborate with or refer to the appropriate member of a healthcare team as indicated by the condition of the patient and the education, experience and competence of the PA and the current standard of care. The degree of collaboration shall be determined at the practice level, which may include decisions made by the employer, group, hospital service or the credentialing and privileging systems. Wyo. Stat. § 33-26-502(b)

A PA may prescribe schedule II, III, IV or V drugs. Wyo. Stat. § 33-26-510(c)

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Number of PAs Supervised

Wyoming does not currently have any provisions related to the number of PAs a physician can supervise or collaborate with.

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Chart Co-Signatures

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

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Adaptable Proximity Requirements

Statue allows adaptable proximity.

A PA may collaborate with or refer to the appropriate member of a healthcare team as indicated by the condition of the patient and the education, experience and competence of the PA and the current standard of care. The degree of collaboration shall be determined at the practice level, which may include decisions made by the employer, group, hospital service or the credentialing and privileging systems. Wyo. Stat. § 33-26-502(b)

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Scope of Practice Determination

A PA may perform duties and responsibilities delegated by the supervising physician and are within the scope of practice of the physician. Wyo. Stat. §33-26-502

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