Clia Waiver Pharmacy Growth: How Does Broadening Scope of Practice Affect the Pharmacist Labor Market?

19 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2018

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Edward Timmons

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Conor Norris

Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation

Date Written: 10/18/2016

Abstract

The United States faces a forecast of continuing growth in the demand for health care and an insufficient supply of primary care physicians to meet this need. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) grant pharmacies the ability to apply for a waiver (CLIA waiver) to perform routine medical testing on patients without direct physician supervision. In this study, we estimate the effect that the spread of CLIA waiver pharmacies has had on the labor markets for pharmacists and lab technicians. Our results suggest that the spread of waivers has had no measurable impact on the pharmacist and lab technician labor markets. Our results suggest that pharmacists and lab technicians are able to accommodate basic testing into their existing workload without needing to work more hours. If pharmacies can accommodate routine testing with little disruption, broadening the scope of practice for pharmacists may alleviate rising costs of providing health care in the United States.

Suggested Citation

Timmons, Edward and Norris, Conor, Clia Waiver Pharmacy Growth: How Does Broadening Scope of Practice Affect the Pharmacist Labor Market? (10/18/2016). MERCATUS WORKING PAPER, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3191398 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3191398

Edward Timmons (Contact Author)

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Conor Norris

Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

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