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This Week in Health CareSM, January 21, 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 United States Conference of Mayors will hold its Winter Meeting 1/21/2015 through 1/23/2015 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will include a policy discussion titled “Ensuring Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans and Housing for Homeless Veterans.” Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee meets 1/21/2015 to discuss controlled substances monitoring. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Health, Insurance and Environment Committee will hold a hearing 1/22/2015 to discuss H.B. 1029, which removes the population restrictions and in-person requirements for determining the necessity of services provided through telemedicine. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Three-Member Panel will meet 1/22/2015 to discuss the 2015 Florida Workers’ Compensation Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual and 2015 Workers’ Compensation Ambulatory Surgical Center Reimbursement Manual. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

INDIANA

The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee meets 1/21/2015 to discuss S.B. 26, which mandates insurance coverage of prescription eye drops. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

The Medical Licensing Board will hold a hearing 1/22/2015 regarding proposed rules to implement a telehealth services pilot program. David Owens at do@stateside.com

 IOWA

A subcommittee of the House Human Resources Committee meets 1/21/2015 to hear H.S.B. 20, which would make Iowa a member of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will accept comments until 1/26/2015 regarding amendments to the Breast cancer Programs rules. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

MISSOURI

The Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee will hold a hearing 1/22/2015 to discuss S.B. 8, which prohibits enforcement of any contractual provision between a health carrier and a health care provider if it prevents disclosure of the contractual payment amount for health care services, the payment is less than the provider’s usual charge for the health care service and if the contractual provision prevents the determination of the potential out-of-pocket cost for the service by the enrollee. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Executive Departments and Administration Committee will hold a hearing 1/22/2015 to discuss H.B. 141, which grants the Board of Pharmacy the power to issue rules regarding the work schedule and mandatory rest breaks of persons licensed, registered or certified by the Board. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Board of Pharmacy will hold a hearing 1/22/2015 and 1/23/2015 to discuss proposed amendments concerning compounded sterile preparations, controlled substances prescription monitoring programs, fees, and prescription transfers. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

VERMONT

The Green Mountain Care Board will meet 1/22/2015 to discuss payment rules. David Owens at do@stateside.com

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee will meet 1/23/2015 to discuss S.B. 20, which establishes and regulates licensed dental practitioners. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Health Care Authority’s Health Benefit Exchange Board will meet 1/22/2015 to discuss open enrollment. David Owens at do@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Controlled Substances Board will accept comments until 1/26/2015 on the economic impact of draft rules concerning controlled substances. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee will meet 1/21/2015 and 1/23/2015 to discuss S.F. 3, which establishes the Right to Try act. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com