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This Week in Health CareSM,  July 1, 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 County and City Health Officials will hold its Annual Conference July 7-9 in Kansas City, Missouri. Sessions titled “Evaluation Basic: Establishing Evidence for Public Health Programs” and “The Opioid Epidemic – A Call to Action for Local Health Departments” will be held July 7 and July 8, respectively. Josh Fisher at jkf@stateside.com

ALABAMA

The Board of Dental Examiners will accept comments until July 8 regarding proposed amendments to a rule concerning dental hygiene program requirements. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Committee on Health is holding a hearing July 1 to accept testimony on Assembly Bill 1337, which requires a medical provider or employer to provide an electronic copy of a medical record that is maintained electronically, upon request. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is accepting comments until July 1 regarding proposed amendments to Medicaid reimbursement rate changes. The amendments include a targeted fee-for-service rate increase for the state fiscal year 2015-16 and fee-for-service provider rate increases. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Health and Human Services Committee will conduct a public hearing July 8 for The Clinical Right to Try Act of 2015. This measure provides patients with an advanced illness access to investigational products that have not been approved by the FDA, with some restrictions. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Board of Respiratory Care will accept comments until July 3 regarding proposed amendments to rules concerning continuing education. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Board of Nursing will accept comments until July 6 regarding proposed amendments to rules concerning licensure, nursing education programs, standards of practice and other topics. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

INDIANA

The Department of Health will hold a public hearing July 6 regarding amendments to its rules concerning disease reporting and control. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Joint Committee on Health Care Financing is holding a hearing July 1 to accept testimony on House Bill 1022, which requires the Division of Medical Assistance to ensure that income and asset criteria for individuals over age 65 are no stricter than income and asset criteria for disabled individuals under age 65. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

OREGON

The Portland City Council will hold its weekly meeting July 8 to discuss several topics, including the Marijuana Registration System. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The Department of Human Services will accept comments until July 6 regarding its notice that it will add Hyaluronic Acid Agents, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Agents, and Santyl Ointment to the Medical Assistance Program’s list of services and items requiring prior authorization. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

VIRGINIA

The Board of Pharmacy is accepting comments until July 1 regarding a proposed fast-track regulation pertaining to drug stock in correctional facilities. The amendments will allow correctional facilities to maintain floor stock of intravenous fluids, irrigation fluids, sterile water and sterile saline to be accessed only by those licensed to administer to individuals with a valid prescription. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Health Care Authority will hold a public hearing July 7 regarding amendments to its rules concerning eligibility for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com