CTRC Legislative/Regulatory November 2017 Update

CTRC Legislative/Regulatory November 2017 Update

Please Note: CCHP has a pending legislation/regulation webpage located at the following link: http://cchpca.org/state-laws-and-reimbursement-policies

LEGISLATION

Approved Legislation

State Bill # Status Summary
CA ACR 62 7/3/17: Chaptered Urges policymakers in federal, state, and local government to work in cooperation with one another to modernize and streamline the processes that will enable rapid deployment of small cell wireless infrastructure that supports 5G wireless networks and that will bring the many benefits of this important new technology to communities across California.

 

CA AB 401 10/4/17: Chaptered This bill would authorize a registered pharmacy technician, who meets certain requirements, to work at a remote dispensing site pharmacy and to perform order entry, packaging, manipulative, repetitive, and other nondiscretionary tasks under the supervision of a pharmacist at a supervising pharmacy using a telepharmacy system. The bill would prohibit a pharmacy technician working at a remote dispensing site pharmacy from performing certain tasks, including receiving a new prescription order orally. The bill would authorize a pharmacist at a supervising pharmacy to supervise up to 2 pharmacy technicians at each remote dispensing site pharmacy in addition to any pharmacy technicians being supervised at the supervising pharmacy.
CA AB 205 10/13/17: Chaptered This bill allows Medi-Cal managed care plans to request alternative access standards, if they have exhausted all other reasonable options to obtain providers to meet either time and distance or timely access standards.  It would allow telemedicine or e-visits as a means of alternative access standards.
CA SB 171 10/13/17: Chaptered This bill allows Medi-Cal managed care plans to request alternative access standards, if they have exhausted all other reasonable options to obtain providers to meet either time and distance or timely access standards.  It would allow telemedicine or e-visits as a means of alternative access standards.

 

Dead Legislation (opportunity for carryover into 2018)

State Bill # Status Summary
CA AB 1488 8/29/17: Re-referred to Committee on Rules Requires the State Department of Public Health to establish a sickle cell disease center pilot program.  Funds can be used for the establishment of a telehealth system or an online consultation service to support patients with sickle cell disease and health care professionals who treat them.
CA AB 244 4/18/17: In Assembly Committee on Health. Hearing cancelled at request by author. Creates a pilot program in counties that elect to participate, designed to increase the capacity of health providers that serve pregnant and postpartum women up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage postpartum depression and other mental health conditions. Provides that the pilot program would be privately funded.  The pilot program may include a provider-to-provider or patient-to-provider consultation program and utilize telehealth or e-consult technologies.

 

REGULATION

Approved Regulation

State Reg. Status Summary
California Title 16 CCR Section 4172

 

1/11/2017:  Adopted

Effective: 4/1/2017

Title:  Telehealth

Agency:  Board of Occupational Therapy

Clarifies that an occupational therapist does not need to obtain a patient’s/client’s consent for subsequent telehealth services once the patient initially consents to receive occupational therapy services via telehealth. Deletes informed from the language and otherwise reconstructs the language in the subsection to make it read better.

California Title 15 CCR 1027.5, 1122.5, 1208.5, 1030 2/15/17: Adopted

Effective: 4/1/17

Title: Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities

Agency:  Board of State and Community Corrections

Provides a new definition for telehealth and allows a facility administrator for mentally disordered inmates to develop policies and procedures to identify and evaluate inmates through telehealth.