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This Week in Health CareSM, March 25, 2015

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 Association of Insurance Commissioners will hold its Spring Meeting 3/28/2015 through 3/31/2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Health Actuarial Task Force, Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, and Workers’ Compensation Task Force will convene during the Meeting. Robert Holden at rah@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Board of Pharmacy will accept comments until 3/27/2015 regarding proposed rules concerning nonresident sterile compounding permits. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Composite Medical Board will accept comments until 3/26/2015 regarding new rules concerning flu vaccine protocols to address qualifications for a physician to enter a protocol, requirements for a protocol agreement, and other topics. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

MAINE

The Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a hearing 3/26/2015 to discuss L.D. 319, which expands Medicaid coverage for reproductive health care and family planning services to adults and adolescents under certain circumstances. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing 3/31/2015 to discuss H.B. 230, which makes permanent the current law governing the assignment of benefits and reimbursement of nonpreferred providers. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

MONTANA

The Board of Nursing will accept comments until 3/27/2015 regarding proposed amendments to rules concerning nursing education programs. The amendments address program standards, educational facilities, annual reports, and other topics. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee will hold a hearing 3/31/2015 to discuss S.B. 112, which requires the Medicaid managed care program to cover telemedicine services for covered services provided within the scope of practice of a physician or other provider. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

OHIO

The Board of Pharmacy will accept comments until 3/27/2015 regarding draft rule amendments governing pharmacists and immunizations. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

OREGON

The Senate Health Care Committee will hold a hearing 3/30/2015 to discuss S.B. 833, which requires the Oregon Health Authority to give a coordinated care organization at least 30 days advance notice of any amendments the authority proposes to existing contracts, or to contracts to be renewed, between the authority and the coordinated care organization. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board will meet 3/25/2015 to discuss the ”Pennsylvania Cancer Plan” and various recommendations for the Secretary of Health. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee meets 3/25/2015 to discuss H.B. 572, which allows a prescriber to substitute a biological product for an interchangeable biological product. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Senate Health Care Committee will hold a hearing 3/26/2015 to discuss H.B. 1471, which removes the requirement that an enrollee be informed which tier his or her provider is in “on demand” and requires information about provider tiers to be posted on a web site accessible to both enrollees and providers. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Joint Committee on Finance will hold a hearing 3/26/2015 to discuss S.B. 21, which states that pharmacists who completed the specified training will receive Medical Assistance reimbursements for administering vaccines to individuals aged 6 through 18. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com