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This Week in Health Care
SM, December 7, 2016

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

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The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators will hold its National Summit of Hispanic State Legislators December 6-9 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A session titled “Mosquito Borne Illnesses – Zika and Dengue” will be held December 8. Meghan Holihan at

The National Conference of State Legislatures will hold its Capitol Forum December 6-9 in Washington, D.C. Sessions titled “Improving Care for High-Cost, High Needs Patients” and “State Strategies to Curb Opioid Abuse” will be held December 8. Michael Behm at

The National Association of Counties will hold its RAC Symposium December 7-8 in Tallahassee, Florida. A working lunch titled “Arts and Health in the Military” will be held December 8. Michael Behm at

The Council of State Governments will hold its National Conference December 8-11 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Sessions titled “Health Care 2017: Rough Seas Ahead” and “Diabetes Budgets: Measuring State Commitment to Reduce Chronic Disease” will be held December 9. In addition, a session titled “Combating Opioid Abuse in the States” will be held December 10. Stephanie Reich at

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners will hold its Fall Meeting December 10-13 in Miami, Florida. Health care related committees, working groups and task forces will convene during the event, including the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee and the Workers’ Compensation (C) Task Force. Robert Holden at

The Western Governors’ Association will hold its Winter Meeting December 13-14 in San Diego, California. A roundtable titled “Rural Healthcare Challenges & Solutions” will be held December 14. Michael Behm at


The Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing December 13 regarding proposed amendments to the Controlled Substances List. Becky Lukaesko at


The Diabetes Advisory Council will meet December 8 to continue working on the progress report due to the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee by January 1, 2017. The report will contain findings and recommendations regarding identify individuals at risk of and with diabetes, as well as the status of health care organizations reporting on clinical quality measures related to diabetes control. Lara Beecher at


The Board of Registration in Dentistry will hold a public hearing December 9 regarding proposed amendments to regulations governing dental hygienists and assistants. Melissa Martin at


The House Committee on Insurance will hold a public hearing December 8 regarding S.B. 1104, which stipulates that in a medical malpractice claim the damages recoverable for past medical expenses shall not exceed actual damages arising from the alleged malpractice. In addition, the measure disallows the introduction of evidence of past medical expenses at the trial. Arielle Woodmore at


The Senate Government and Oversight Committee will hold a hearing December 7 regarding H.B. 34, which creates the Interstate Health Care Compact. The Compact aims to secure the right of the member states to regulate health care in their respective states pursuant to the compact and suspend the operation of conflicting federal laws, rules, regulations and orders within their states. In addition, the measure establishes the Interstate Advisory Health Care Commission to study issues and make nonbinding recommendations related to the regulation of health care that are of particular concern to member states. Arielle Woodmore at


The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee will meet December 7 to receive a preliminary report from the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities. Zack Cairns at


The Department of Health Service will accept comments until December 12 regarding the economic impact of draft amendments to rules concerning the certification of programs for training and testing nurse aides, medication aides and feeding assistants to establish standards for the approval of certain nurse aide training programs. Becky Lukaesko at