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This Week in Health Care
SM,  November 19, 2014

Every Wednesday, Stateside Associates selects some health care-related state events to highlight in This Week in Health Care.

To provide feedback, or for more information about these issues or Stateside Associates’ Health Care Practice, please contact Robert Holden at (703) 525-7466 or rah@stateside.com.

GROUPS

The National League of Cities will hold its Congress of Cities and Exposition 11/19/2014 through 11/22/2014 in Austin, Texas. The meeting will include sessions titled “Doing the Right Thing: How Governments Are Saving Money and Saving Employee Lives with On-site Wellness” and “Celebrating Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties: What’s Working in Cities to Address Childhood Obesity.” Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The Republican Governors Association will hold its Annual Conference 11/19/2014 through 11/21/2014 in Florida. The Conference will hold a policy discussion regarding State Innovation in the Healthcare System. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators will hold its Annual Meeting 11/20/2014 to 11/23/2014 in San Francisco, California. The Workers’ Compensation Committee and Health, Long-Term Care & Health Retirement Committee are both scheduled to convene during the meeting. Expected topics of discussion during the meeting include the California workers’ compensation insurance system; obesity, chronic illness, and state healthcare costs; and telemedicine. Robert Holden at rah@stateside.com

The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association will hold its Policy Summit 11/23/2014 and 11/24/2014 in Washington, DC. The Summit will include Policy Roundtables scheduled for 11/24/2014 regarding state Medicaid administration and the Affordable Care Act. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Health Benefit Exchange Board will hold a board meeting 11/20/2014 to discuss the enrollment assistance rules addressing assisters and navigators. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a public hearing 11/21/2014 to discuss amendments for the definition of “usual and customary charge” as it pertains Medicaid-enrolled independent laboratory service providers. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Board of Pharmacy is holding a public hearing 11/19/2014 to discuss amendments to a rule concerning compounded drug preparations to revise a provision concerning recordkeeping requirements. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

HAWAII

The Senate Committee on Human Services and Housing and the House Committee on Health will meet 11/19/2014 and 11/20/2014 to provide the Committees with an overview of the State of Hawaii’s Medicaid program, status of the multiple initiatives engaged in by the Department of Human Services to manage the State’s Medicaid Program and identify the opportunities and challenges facing the Medicaid program both in this upcoming biennium and beyond. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

KENTUCKY

The Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare meets 11/19/2014 to receive presentations regarding suboxone prescription monitoring and healthcare associated infections and hospital acquired conditions. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Exchange Stakeholder Commission will hold a public meeting 11/24/2014 to receive briefings from the Department of Insurance and Department of Health and Human Services. David Owens at do@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Health Insurance Exchange Board of Directors will hold a meeting 11/21/2014 to discuss the financial sustainability of the exchange. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

OHIO

The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee will meet 11/20/2014 to discuss fraud prevention and statutory barriers to the Medicaid program’s efficiency. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Board of Pharmacy will hold a hearing 11/25/2014 to discussed proposed amendments to prescription refills and charitable pharmacies. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

UTAH

The Health and Human Service Interim Committee meets 11/19/2014 to consider drafting legislation to amend Medicaid Accountable Care Organization payments in regards to non-emergency care in emergency rooms. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

VERMONT

The Health Care Oversight Committee will meet 11/20/2014 to discuss substance abuse treatment and the health benefit exchange. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com