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This Week in Health Care
SM,  October 29, 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 Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) will hold its Fall Conference 11/3/2014 through 11/5/2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Sessions titled “Tackling the Opioid Epidemic,” “Medicaid Transformation – How Agencies are Adapting to the New Era of Reform,” “Are We There Yet? Evaluating Care Coordination Systems,” and “Health Care Innovation: What Does the Future Hold and How Do We Prepare for It?” will be held during the Conference. Robert Holden at rah@stateside.com

ALABAMA

The Medical Licensure Commission will accept comments until 11/4/2014 regarding proposed amendments to license renewal applications. The amendments revise questions concerning criminal, physical, and mental health information. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Health Committee will meet 10/30/2014 to receive an update about the education, outreach, and enrollment of the Affordable Care Act. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The Board of Pharmacy will hold a public hearing 11/4/2014 to discuss proposed amendments to the Compounding Rule. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Board of Osteopathic Medicine will accept comments until 11/4/2014 regarding proposed amendments to rules concerning disciplinary guidelines. The amendments will provide a new rule with standard terms for disciplinary orders and update a rule that addresses probationary conditions and definitions. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The Board of Pharmacy will hold a public hearing 10/30/2014 to discuss rule amendments to the compounding of medications. David Owens at do@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will accept comments until 11/3/2014 regarding amendments to telemedicine. The amendments will repeal the geographic limitations on healthcare services delivered via telemedicine. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The MNSure Executive Board will hold a public meeting 11/5/2014 to discuss the operations of the MNSure Health Exchange. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

NEVADA

The Division of Insurance will accept comments until 11/5/2014 regarding amendments to the prescription drug formularies. The proposed amendments will prohibit certain health insurers that provide coverage for prescription drugs and use a drug formulary from making certain changes to the formulary after its approval by the Commissioner of Insurance. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Commission to Study Mental Health Implementation will meet 10/31/2014 to review all current reports addressing mental health in New Hampshire. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission will hold a hearing 10/31/2014 to discuss S.B. 2180, which requires hospitals, medical and health services corporations, commercial insurers, health maintenance organizations, health benefit plans issued by the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage and Small Employer Health Benefits Programs and the State Health Benefits Program, to provide coverage for behavioral health care services when treatment is prescribed by a physician, psychologist, clinical licensed social worker, a certified advanced practice nurse or a physician assistant. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

VERMONT

The Green Mountain Care Board will meet 10/30/2014 to discuss funding for behavioral health agencies and healthcare in Addison County. David Owens at do@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Health Benefit Exchange Board will meet 10/30/2014 to discuss open enrollment readiness, the roles of agents and brokers, and exchange operations. David Owens at do@stateside.com