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This Week in Health Care
SM,  May 18, 2016

Every Wednesday, Stateside Associates selects some health care-related state and local 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.

There are no Groups events to report.

ARIZONA

The Department of Health Services will hold a public hearing May 23 regarding proposed amendments to rules covering Medicare Part D prescription coverage subsidies. Chris Johnson at cj@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a public hearing May 23 regarding S.B. 1039, which requires the content of a continuing education course to be based on generally accepted scientific principles and authorizes the Board of Registered Nursing to audit continuing education providers, at least once every five years, to ensure adherence to regulatory requirements and to withhold or rescind approval from any provider that is in violation of regulatory requirements. Arielle Woodmore at aw@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a public hearing May 23 regarding S.B. 1365, which requires an entity that operates or controls a hospital and also operates, controls or leases real property for use as an outpatient treatment setting to ensure that the outpatient facility does not charge a fee to or impose costs on a patient or other payer for inpatient care or hospital care. Arielle Woodmore at aw@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Medical Board will hold a public hearing May 19 regarding proposed amendments to a rule governing the prescribing of stimulant drugs. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The House Health Care Licenses Committee will hold a public hearing May 24 regarding S.B. 3336, which requires pharmacies to establish and maintain a quality assurance program designed to prevent dispensing errors as well as a process designed to detect and identify dispensing errors. Additionally, it requires pharmacies to commence an investigation into any detected dispensing errors within two days after the date the dispensing error is discovered and requires a quality assurance review to be performed if the investigation indicates the dispensing error is attributable to the pharmacy or its personnel. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Board of Nursing will hold a public hearing May 19 regarding proposed amendments to rules governing the prescribing of opioids by nurses. Erika Duthely at ed@stateside.com

The Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules will meet May 20 to review amendments to rules concerning Medicaid program co-payments adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services. Erika Duthely at ed@stateside.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

The Senate Committee on Medical Affairs will hold a public hearing May 19 regarding H.B. 4542, which concerns access to investigational drugs and biological products and devices. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The Senate Medical Affairs Committees will hold a public hearing May 19 regarding H.B. 5193, which permits a pharmacist acting in good faith and exercising reasonable care to dispense an opioid antidote pursuant to a written joint protocol issued by the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Pharmacy and requires the Boards to issue the protocol within six months from the passage of this measure. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Department of Social and Health Services will hold a public hearing May 24 regarding proposed amendments to rules concerning the administration of behavioral health and services integration. Chris Johnson at cj@stateside.com