CPhA Sponsored Legislation:

AB 627 (Gomez) establishes fair standards for Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC)-based pharmacy reimbursement.  The bill requires PBMs to update their MAC lists weekly;  requires PBMs to provide in-network pharmacies with the current MAC list upon request and disclose the sources used in establishing MAC lists; and establishes much-needed standards for appeals filed by pharmacies for MAC list prices that appear to be out of date.

SB 672 (Hernandez), which CPhA is co-sponsoring with CSHP, adds pharmacists to the list of healthcare providers whose peer review records are given evidentiary privilege and protection from disclosure in civil matters.  Pharmacist peer review performed in pharmacies already has these protections, but if the peer review program is run by a clinic, hospital, or other setting the peer review records are not protected.  This protection is necessary to ensure that pharmacists can participate in peer review, providing honest and open feedback, without fear that the information could harm themselves or a colleague.


Other Legislation:

1.

CA AB 34

 

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Author:

Cooley (D)

Title:

Medical Cannabis

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/02/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Summary:

Enacts the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Control Act. Establishes the Office of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Includes provisions governing dispensary licensure and regulation, local ordinances governing medical cannabis, related fund for fines and fees, cultivation sites and dispensing facility apprenticeships, administration and use guidelines, operating a vehicle under the influence, cultivation sites as agricultural employers, and unprofessional conduct for recommending cannabis without an examination.

Status:

06/02/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS with author's amendments.

06/02/2015

In ASSEMBLY. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

 

2.

CA AB 68

 

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Author:

Waldron (R)

Title:

Medi-Cal

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

08/18/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/24/2015 10:00 am, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Creates the Patient Access to Prescribed Epilepsy Treatments Act. Subjects the denial of coverage by a Medi-Cal managed care plan of any drug in the seizure or epilepsy therapeutic drug class prescribed by the beneficiary's treating provider to an urgent appeal process, if the provider demonstrates the drug is medically necessary and consistent with specified federal rules and regulations and the drug is not on the Medi-Cal managed care plan formulary.

Status:

08/18/2015

In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

 

3.

CA AB 72

 

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Author:

Bonta (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Demonstration Project

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Disposition:

Pending

File:

233

Location:

Senate Third Reading File

Summary:

Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state's momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project for better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Status:

08/19/2015

In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.

 

4.

CA AB 159

 

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Author:

Calderon I (D)

Title:

Investigational Drugs, Products, and Devices

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/06/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Permits a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to make the product available to eligible patients with a serious or life-threatening disease or condition. Authorizes a health benefit plan to provide coverage for such products made available pursuant to these provisions. Prohibits disciplinary action for any product or drug recommendation if consistent with a certain protocol. Prohibits altering a provider's Medicare of Medicaid participation due to a access recommendation.

Status:

07/13/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

5.

CA AB 266

 

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Author:

Bonta (D)

Title:

Medical Cannabis

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

08/17/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Establishes the Office of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Provides for dispensary licensure and regulation, local entity agreements and ordinances on medical cannabis, cannabis employees certification program, fund for fines and fees, administration and use guidelines, local taxes, unprofessional conduct for recommending cannabis without an examination, operating a vehicle under the influence, and cultivation sites as agricultural employers.

Status:

08/17/2015

From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS with author's amendments.

08/17/2015

In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

6.

CA AB 339

 

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Author:

Gordon (D)

Title:

Health Care Coverage: Outpatient Prescription Drugs

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Prohibits health care service plan or health care insurance formularies from discouraging the enrollment of individual with health conditions and reducing the generosity of the benefit for those with a particular condition. Provides that a drug copay shall not exceed a specified amount for a 30-day supply. Provides an exception. Requires coverage of a single antiretroviral drug treatment needed to treat AIDS/HIV. Relates to coverage for medically necessary drugs. Relates to nonformulary drug requests.

Status:

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

7.

CA AB 366

 

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Author:

Bonta (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Annual Access Monitoring Report

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/07/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Requires an annual report on Medi-Cal access monitoring which provides an assessment of access to care in Medi-Cal and identifies a basis to evaluate the adequacy of reimbursement rates and the existence of barriers to access to care. Requires certain public meetings. Authorizes a contract with an independent entity to perform an ongoing assessment of such access. Requires, to a specified extent, rate increases to be implemented for services, provider types, or certain geographic areas.

Status:

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

CaPharma_position:

Support

 

8.

CA AB 374

 

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Author:

Nazarian (D)

Title:

Health Care Coverage: Prescription Drugs

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Requires the development of a step therapy override determination request form. Requires a prescribing provider to use the form to make a step therapy override determination request. Requires a health care service plan or health insurer to respond to a step therapy override determination request within a specified time period for nonurgent and urgent requests. Allows a determination denying a request to be appealed through an independent medical review process.

Status:

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

9.

CA AB 483

 

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Author:

Patterson (R)

Title:

Healing Arts: Initial License Fees: Proration

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

08/19/2015

Disposition:

Pending

File:

248

Location:

Senate Third Reading File

Summary:

Requires that the fees for licensure of various professions and vocations, including healing arts, imposed by certain provisions for an initial license, or an original license be prorated on a monthly basis. Requires that the fee assessed on osteopathic physicians and surgeons for renewal be prorated on a monthly basis.

Status:

08/19/2015

In SENATE. Read second time and amended. To third reading.

 

10.

CA AB 486

 

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Author:

Bonilla (D)

Title:

Centralized Hospital Packaging Pharmacies: Labels

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Disposition:

To Governor

Location:

Enrolled

Summary:

Requires that certain information be displayed on a human-readable unit-dose label, and that information to be retrievable by a pharmacist using the medication lot number or control number. Requires a medication barcode to be machine readable, using medication administration software, and that the software compare certain information to the electronic medical record of an inpatient in order to verify that the medication to be given is the correct medication, dosage, and route of administration.

Status:

08/19/2015

Enrolled.

CaPharma_position:

Support

 

11.

CA AB 507

 

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Author:

Olsen (R)

Title:

Department of Consumer Affairs: BreEZe System

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Last Amend:

07/09/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee

Summary:

Requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to submit an annual report to the Legislature and the Department of Finance that includes the Department's plans for implementing the BreEZe system at specified regulatory entities included in the Department's 3rd phase of the implementation project, when available, including, a timeline for the implementation. Requires posting the name of each regulatory entity that is utilizing the system on the Department's Internet Web site.

Status:

07/13/2015

Re-referred to SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

 

12.

CA AB 627

 

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Author:

Gomez (D)

Title:

Pharmacy Benefit Managers: Contracting Pharmacies

Fiscal Committee:

no

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/16/2015

Disposition:

Enacted

Location:

Chaptered

Summary:

Relates to workers' compensation. Requires a pharmacy benefit manager reimbursing a contracting pharmacy for a drug on a maximum allowable cost basis to include contract information identifying any national drug pricing compendia or other data sources used to determine the maximum allowable cost for the drugs on a maximum allowable cost list and to provide for an appeal process. Requires the manager to provide the most up-to-date cost list or lists used by the manager in a Web-based format.

Status:

07/13/2015

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 74[EffectiveRule]

 

13.

CA AB 649

 

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Author:

Patterson (R)

Title:

Medical Waste: Law Enforcement Drug Takeback

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/24/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Amends the Medical Waste Management Act that regulates the disposal of medical waste, including requiring medical waste to be treated by specified methods prior to disposal. Includes among those authorized treatment methods any alternative medical waste treatment solely designated to treat pharmaceutical waste, including a pharmaceutical incinerator. Requires the first evaluation and approval by a specified date. Authorizes a law enforcement agency's drug takeback program to use an approved incinerator.

Status:

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

14.

CA AB 788

 

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Author:

Chu (D)

Title:

Prescriptions

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

03/26/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Assembly Health Committee

Summary:

Amends provisions regulating pharmacists. Requires that every prescription include a legible, clear notice of the condition or purpose for which the drug is prescribed. Authorizes the prescriber or patient to request that this information not be included in the prescription container label. Requires that every prescription container be correctly labeled to include that information, unless omission of that information has been requested by the prescriber or patient. Provides for nurse-midwives.

Status:

03/26/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committees on HEALTH and BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS.

03/26/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH with author's amendments.

03/26/2015

In ASSEMBLY. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on HEALTH.

 

15.

CA AB 1060

 

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Author:

Bonilla (D)

Title:

Cancer Clinical Trials

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Creates the Cancer Clinical Trials Foundation and the Cancer Clinical Trials Fund. Requires moneys from the Fund be used to establish the Cancer Clinical Trials Grant Program to increase patient access to such clinical trials in specified populations. Requires grant money be used for designated purposes. Requires grant recipients to report to the Program's Board. Requires the Board to report to the Legislature.

Status:

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

16.

CA AB 1069

 

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Author:

Gordon (D)

Title:

Prescription Drugs: Collection and Distribution

Fiscal Committee:

no

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Summary:

Authorizes an entity participating in the medication repository and distribution program to transfer eligible donated medication to a participating entity in any other county. Prohibits such entity from transferring more than a specified percentage of its donated medications annually. Authorizes medication donated to the program to be maintained in new, properly labeled containers. Prohibits donated medication from being repackaged more than twice. Makes a technical, nonsubstantive change.

Status:

07/06/2015

From SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECON. DEVELOPMENT: Do pass to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.(7-0)

 

17.

CA AB 1073

 

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Author:

Ting (D)

Title:

Pharmacy: Prescription Drug Labels

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/08/2015

Disposition:

Pending

File:

195

Location:

Senate Third Reading File

Summary:

Amends the Pharmacy Law regarding drug labels. Requires a dispenser to provide translated directions for use. Authorizes the dispenser to use translations made available by the State Board of Pharmacy pursuant to existing regulations. Makes a dispenser responsible for the accuracy of English-language directions for use provided to the patient.

Status:

08/18/2015

In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.

 

18.

CA AB 1117

 

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Author:

Garcia (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Vaccination Rates

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Requires the establishment of the Childhood Immunization Quality Improvement Fund. Requires the submission for a waiver for a demonstration project to implement the program. Requires a plan to collect and spend fund moneys, including voluntary contributions for Medi-Cal managed care plans to be used for provider support and reward payments to Medi-Cal managed care plans. Requires contracting with researchers to develop and support an evaluation of effectiveness of the project.

Status:

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

19.

CA AB 1124

 

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Author:

Perea (D)

Title:

Workers' Compensation: Medication Formulary

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

08/17/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Requires the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation to establish an outpatient prescription drug formulary, as part of a medical treatment utilization schedule, for medications prescribed in the workers' compensation system. Requires the administrative director to meet and consult with stakeholders, as specified, prior to the adoption of the formulary, and to publish certain reports.

Status:

08/17/2015

From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS with author's amendments.

08/17/2015

In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

20.

CA AB 1162

 

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Author:

Holden (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Tobacco Cessation

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/14/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Provides that tobacco cessation services are covered benefits under the Medi-Cal Program. Requires that those services include, at a minimum, a specified number of quit attempts per year. Requires such services to include a specified number of counseling sessions per quit attempt and a specified treatment regimen of any medication approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for tobacco cessation that is covered under the Program as of a specified date.

Status:

08/17/2015

In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

CaPharma_position:

SupportIfAmended

 

21.

CA AB 1306

 

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Author:

Burke (D)

Title:

Certified Nurse-Midwives: Scope of Practice

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee

Summary:

Requires an applicant for a certification to practice nurse-midwifery to provide evidence of national certification. Requires the creation of a Board of Nursing advisory council. Authorizes a certified nurse-midwife to manage a full range of gynecological and obstetric services for women. Relates to the furnishing of drugs or devices in connection with care. Authorizes specified procedures. Relates to liability for midwife acts or omissions. Authorizes nurse-midwife to provide emergency care.

Status:

07/13/2015

In SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Heard, remains in Committee.

 

22.

CA AB 1337

 

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Author:

Linder (R)

Title:

Medical Records Electronic Delivery

Fiscal Committee:

no

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

File:

24

Location:

Assembly Unfinished Business - Concurrence in Senate Amendments

Summary:

Requires a medical provider or attorney to provide an electronic copy of a medical record, when an electronic a copy is requested that is maintained electronically. Requires the provider to accept a prescribed authorization form from the patient if the provider determines that the form is valid.

Status:

08/20/2015

In SENATE. Read third time. Passed SENATE. *****To ASSEMBLY for concurrence.(38-0)

CaPharma_position:

SupportIfAmended

 

23.

CA ACR 26

 

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Author:

Levine (D)

Title:

Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month

Last Amend:

03/12/2015

Disposition:

Adopted

Location:

Chaptered

Summary:

Proclaims the month of March 2015 as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month.

Status:

04/07/2015

Chaptered by Secretary of State.

04/07/2015

Resolution Chapter No. 16[EffectiveRule]

 

24.

CA SB 4

 

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Author:

Lara (D)

Title:

Health Care Coverage: Immigration Status

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Relates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Requires the application for a waiver to allow individuals who are not eligible to obtain health coverage because of immigration status to obtain coverage from the State Health Benefit Exchange. Requires certain restricted-scope Medi-Cal enrollees to be transitioned to full-scope Medi-Cal upon a specified determination. Requires an individual who is eligible pursuant to these provisions to enroll in a Medi-Cal managed care plan.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

25.

CA SB 27

 

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Author:

Hill (D)

Title:

Livestock: Use of Antimicrobial Drugs

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

08/17/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Prohibits the administration of medically important antimicrobial drugs to livestock unless prescribed by a licensed veterinarian or a feed directive. Prohibits the administration of a medically important antimicrobial drug to livestock solely for purposes of promoting weight gain or improving feed efficiency. Requires the development of guidelines and training materials on the proper use of such drugs. Requires gathering information of such drugs sales and usage and antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

CaPharma_position:

Support

 

26.

CA SB 36

 

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Author:

Hernandez (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Demonstration Project

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Disposition:

Pending

File:

79

Location:

Assembly Third Reading File

Summary:

Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that continues the state's momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described in existing law.

Status:

08/20/2015

In ASSEMBLY. Read second time. To third reading.

 

27.

CA SB 128

 

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Author:

Wolk (D)

Title:

End of Life

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Assembly Health Committee

Summary:

Enacts the End of Life Option Act. Authorizes an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease to make a request for medication for the purpose of ending his or her life. Prohibits a will or other agreement being impacted by such a decision. Prohibits insurance impact by such a decision. Provides civil and criminal immunity. Creates related felony crimes. Requires regulations for related reporting requirements.

Status:

07/07/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH: Not heard.

 

28.

CA SB 137

 

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Author:

Hernandez (D)

Title:

Health Care Coverage: Provider Directories

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Requires health care service plans and insurers for services at alternative rates to make a provider directory available on their Internet Web site and to update the directory. Requires the development of directory standards by the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance. Requires reimbursement for any amount beyond what an enrollee, or insured would have paid for in-network services, if the enrollee or insured relied on the directory.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

CaPharma_position:

SupportIfAmended

 

29.

CA SB 140

 

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Author:

Leno (D)

Title:

Electronic Cigarettes

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Assembly Governmental Organization Committee

Summary:

Includes in the definition of tobacco products for provisions relating to retailers licenses, the STAKE Act's new definition of tobacco products. Requires certain retailers to pay a license fee to engage in the sale of specified tobacco products. Changes the location restrictions for smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products to reflect the STAKE Act's definitions of smoking and tobacco products. Makes the use of electronic cigarettes in some of those restricted location of violation.

Status:

07/08/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION: Heard, remains in Committee.

CaPharma_position:

Support

 

30.

CA SB 149

 

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Author:

Stone (R)

Title:

Investigational Drugs: Biological Products or Devices

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/13/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Permits a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to make the product available to certain patients with an immediately life-threatening disease or condition. Provides the Medical Practice Act does not require a health benefit plan or governmental agency to provide coverage for the cost of such products made available under these provisions. Authorizes a health benefit plan to provide coverage for such products. Prohibits action against a physician for making a recommendation.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

31.

CA SB 151

 

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Author:

Hernandez (D)

Title:

Tobacco Products: Minimum Legal Age

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Assembly Governmental Organization Committee

Summary:

Extends the applicability of the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act to persons under 21 years of age. Authorizes the State Department of Public Health to conduct random, onsite string inspections of tobacco product retailers with the assistance of persons under 21 years of age.

Status:

07/08/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION: Not heard.

CaPharma_position:

Support

 

32.

CA SB 238

 

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Author:

Mitchell (D)

Title:

Foster Care: Psychotropic Medication

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Requires the Judicial Council to develop updates to the implementation of provisions regarding the administration of psychotropic medications for a dependent child or a ward of the court who has been removed from the physical custody of his or her parent. Requires a report on the number of such medications authorized. Requires individuals providing care for these children to receive training on the authorization for the administration of such medications to include a foster care public health nurse.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

33.

CA SB 253

 

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Author:

Monning (D)

Title:

Dependent Children: Psychotropic Medication

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/08/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Requires an order authorizing the administration of psychotropic medications to a dependent child be granted only upon the court's determination that there is clear and convincing evidence that administration is in the best interest of the child including a confirmation for the prescribing physician. Requires a specified examination and test results before the court can order such medications. Relates to a report from the child's social worker. Authorizes emergency administration. Relates to 2nd opinions.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

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Support

 

34.

CA SB 277

 

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Author:

Pan (D)

Title:

Public Health: Vaccinations

Fiscal Committee:

no

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/18/2015

Disposition:

Enacted

Location:

Chaptered

Summary:

Eliminates the exemption from existing specified immunization requirements based upon personal beliefs. Allows an exemption from future requirements deemed appropriate by the State Department of Public Health for either medical reasons or personal beliefs, and provides details. Exempts pupils in specified programs. Provides an temporary exclusion is only for a child who has been exposed to a specified disease and whose proof of status does not show proof of immunization against one of specified diseases.

Status:

06/29/2015

*****To GOVERNOR.

06/30/2015

Signed by GOVERNOR.

06/30/2015

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 35[EffectiveRule]

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35.

CA SB 282

 

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Author:

Hernandez (D)

Title:

Health Care Coverage: Prescription Drugs

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/08/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Authorizes the prescribing provider to additionally use an electronic process developed specifically for transmitting prior authorization information that meets a specified standard for electronic prior authorization standards. Requires development of a prior authorization form. Provides when prior authorization provisions do not apply. Relates to a health care service plan grievance process.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

36.

CA SB 299

 

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Author:

Monning (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Provider Enrollment

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Last Amend:

05/18/2015

Disposition:

To Governor

Location:

To enrollment

Summary:

Exempts from notarization requirements any Medi-Cal provider that chooses to enroll electronically. Clarifies that the Department of Health Care Services is required to collect an application fee for continued enrollment. Requires the Department to designate a provider or applicant as a high categorical risk if the Department lifted a temporary moratorium for the particular provider type submitting the application.

Status:

08/20/2015

In SENATE. SENATE concurred in ASSEMBLY amendments. To enrollment.(38-0)

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Support

 

37.

CA SB 319

 

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Author:

Beall (D)

Title:

Child Welfare Services: Public Health Nursing

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/07/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Requires a county to provide foster care public health nurse services to children in foster care. Requires a foster care public health nurse to monitor each child in foster care who is administered psychotropic medications. Authorizes disclosure of of health care and mental health care information to a foster care public health nurse.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

38.

CA SB 323

 

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Author:

Hernandez (D)

Title:

Nurse Practitioners: Scope of Practice

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/09/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Assembly Business and Professions Committee

Summary:

Authorizes a specifically certified nurse practitioner to practice without the supervision of a physician and surgeon, if the nurse meets existing requirements in any of specified settings. Prohibits entities in those settings from interfering with, controlling, or otherwise directing the professional judgment of such a nurse. Authorizes such nurse to perform specified acts. Provides the situation or condition for referral to a physician or surgeon by such nurse. Requires professional liability insurance.

Status:

07/14/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS: Not heard.

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Support

 

39.

CA SB 423

 

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Author:

Bates (R)

Title:

Retail Nonprescription Surplus Products: Reuse

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Last Amend:

07/06/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Amends the Medical Waste Management Act. Establishes criteria for the handling and management of retail nonprescription pharmaceutical surplus products if a reasonable determination for reuse has been made or when such determination for reuse cannot be made but the product has been recalled as required by law. Authorizes the adoption of regulations as deemed necessary to establish standards for the proper and safe handling of retail non prescription pharmaceutical surplus products.

Status:

07/15/2015

From SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: Do pass to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.(7-0)

 

40.

CA SB 435

 

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Author:

Pan (D)

Title:

Medical Home: Health Care Delivery Model

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/07/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/27/2015, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Provides for a working group of public payers, private health insurance carriers, 3rd-party purchasers, health care providers, and health care consumer representatives to identify payment methods to align incentives in support of patient centered medical homes. Prescribes the duties of the group, including consulting with, and providing recommendations to, the Legislature and relevant state agencies on matters relating to the implementation of the patient centered medical home care model.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

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SupportIfAmended

 

41.

CA SB 447

 

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Author:

Allen (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Clinics: Drugs and Supplies

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/26/2015 9:00 am, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Revises a reimbursement formula for drugs and supplies under the Medi-Cal program. Requires the clinic dispensing fee to be the difference between the actual acquisition cost of a drug or supply, to be calculated not less than annually, and the Medi-Cal reimbursement rate. Removes the cap on reimbursement that is based on the net cost of drugs or supplies when provided by retail pharmacies under the Medi-Cal program.

Status:

07/07/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH: Do pass to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.(18-0)

 

42.

CA SB 482

 

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Author:

Lara (D)

Title:

Controlled Substances: CURES Database

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

04/30/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

ASSEMBLY

Summary:

Requires all prescribers and dispensers of Schedule II or Schedule III controlled substances, to consult a patient's electronic history in the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System database before prescribing the controlled substance to the patient for the first time. Requires the prescribed to consult the database at least annually when the substance remains part of the patient's treatment. Failure to use the database is cause for licensing board disciplinary action.

Status:

05/28/2015

In SENATE. Read third time. Passed SENATE. *****To ASSEMBLY.(28-11)

 

43.

CA SB 538

 

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Author:

Block (D)

Title:

Naturopathic Doctors

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

08/17/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hearing:

08/26/2015 9:00 am, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Amends the Naturopathic Doctors Act. Authorizes a naturopathic doctor to perform certain tasks, consistent with the practice of naturopathic medicine. Authorizes such doctor to dispense, administer, order, prescribe, provide, or furnish devices and durable medical equipment consistent with the naturopathic training as determined by the Naturopathic Medicine Committee. Deletes provisions restricting such doctors ability to furnish or order drugs for Schedule V control substances and for specified drugs.

Status:

08/19/2015

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Not heard.

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OpposeUnlessAmend

 

44.

CA SB 590

 

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Author:

Stone (R)

Title:

Pharmacy: Intern Pharmacists

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

04/22/2015

Disposition:

Enacted

Location:

Chaptered

Summary:

Requires, for all pharmacist licensure examination applicants, required pharmacy practice experience include experience in a pharmacy, including experience in both a community and institutional pharmacy practice setting. Requires that an applicant for the licensure examination from an accredited college of pharmacy or school of pharmacy recognized by the State Board of Pharmacy to have satisfied the required hours of practice experience.

Status:

08/07/2015

Signed by GOVERNOR.

08/07/2015

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 147[EffectiveRule]

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45.

CA SB 671

 

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Author:

Hill (D)

Title:

Pharmacy: Biological Product

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

07/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

File:

125

Location:

Assembly Consent Calendar - First Legislative Day

Summary:

Authorizes a pharmacist to select an alternative biological product when filling a prescription order for a prescribed biological product if the alternative biological product is interchangeable and the prescriber does not personally indicate that a substitution is not to be made. Requires a pharmacist or a designee to make an electronically accessible entry in a described entry system of the specified biological product provided to the patient, and provides an alternative method thereto.

Status:

08/20/2015

In ASSEMBLY. Read second time. To Consent Calendar.

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OpposeUnlessAmend

 

46.

CA SB 672

 

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Author:

Hernandez (D)

Title:

Discovery: Pharmacist Review Committees

Fiscal Committee:

no

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

05/13/2015

Disposition:

Pending

File:

35

Location:

Assembly Unfinished Business Notice of Intention to Remove from Inactive Filele

Summary:

Amends existing law that exempts from discovery as evidence the proceedings and records of specified committees of health care professionals and review committees having the responsibility of evaluation and improvement of the quality of care. Extends the exemption, for purposes of civil proceedings only, to the proceedings and records of pharmacist organized committees and review committees.

Status:

06/25/2015

In ASSEMBLY. To Inactive File.

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Sponsor, Support