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MAC lists; and establishes much-needed standards for appeals filed by pharmacies for MAC list prices that appear to be out of date.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:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/15/2015 1:30 pm, 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 automatic 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:

06/19/2015

To SENATE Committee on HEALTH.

 

3.

CA AB 72

 

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Author:

Bonta (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Demonstration Project

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/15/2015 1:30 pm, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

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:

05/07/2015

To SENATE Committee on HEALTH.

 

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:

06/19/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee

Hearing:

06/29/2015, Room 3191

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:

06/19/2015

From SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT with author's amendments.

06/19/2015

In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

 

5.

CA AB 266

 

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Author:

Bonta (D)

Title:

Medical Cannabis

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/02/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/08/2015 1:30 pm, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

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 on medical cannabis, cannabis employees certification program, fund for fines and fees, administration and use guidelines, unprofessional conduct for recommending cannabis without an examination, taxation of medical cannabis, operating a vehicle under the influence, and cultivation sites as agricultural employers.

Status:

06/18/2015

To SENATE Committees on HEALTH and GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE.

 

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:

06/24/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/08/2015 1:30 pm, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Requires specified health care service plan contracts or a health insurance policies providing coverage for outpatient prescription drugs, to provide coverage for medically necessary prescription drugs, including those for which there is not a therapeutic equivalent. Relates to cost sharing limits. Imposes certain conditions on health insurers regarding nonformulary prescription drugs, including those regarding step therapy. Requires maintaining a pharmacy and therapeutics committee and a formulary listing.

Status:

06/24/2015

From SENATE Committee on HEALTH with author's amendments.

06/24/2015

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

 

7.

CA AB 366

 

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Author:

Bonta (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Annual Access Monitoring Report

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Last Amend:

05/28/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Senate Health Committee

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 certain interagency agreement with the University of California. Requires, to a specified extent, rate increases to be implemented for services, provider types, or certain geographic areas.

Status:

06/11/2015

To SENATE Committee on HEALTH.

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:

06/19/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/01/2015 1:30 pm, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Summary:

Prohibits a health care service plan or health insurer that provides medication pursuant to a step therapy or fail-first requirement from applying that requirement to a patient who has made a step therapy override determination request if, in the professional judgment of the prescribing provider, the step therapy or fail-first requirement would be either medically inappropriate or unnecessary for that patient for specified reasons.

Status:

06/19/2015

From SENATE Committee on HEALTH with author's amendments.

06/19/2015

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

 

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:

06/22/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee

Hearing:

06/29/2015, Room 3191

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:

06/22/2015

From SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT with author's amendments.

06/22/2015

In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

 

10.

CA AB 486

 

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Author:

Bonilla (D)

Title:

Centralized Hospital Packaging Pharmacies: Labels

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Disposition:

Pending

File:

100

Location:

Senate Third Reading File

Summary:

Requires certain information be displayed on a human-readable unit-dose label, and that information to be retrievable by the pharmacist using the medication lot number or control number.

Status:

06/23/2015

In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.

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:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Senate Rules 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, including, a timeline for the implementation.

Status:

06/19/2015

To SENATE Committee on RULES.

 

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:

To Governor

Location:

To enrollment

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:

06/25/2015

In ASSEMBLY. ASSEMBLY concurred in SENATE amendments. To enrollment.(80-0)

 

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:

07/06/2015 10:00 am, 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:

06/24/2015

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

 

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:

06/17/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/15/2015 1:30 pm, 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:

06/19/2015

Withdrawn from SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

06/19/2015

Re-referred to SENATE Committee on RULES.

06/19/2015

Re-referred to SENATE Committee on HEALTH.

 

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:

05/06/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee

Hearing:

07/06/2015, Room 3191

Summary:

Authorizes a county-owned pharmacy participating in the medication repository and distribution program to transfer eligible donated medication to a participating county-owned pharmacy in any other county. 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 to these provisions.

Status:

06/11/2015

To SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

 

17.

CA AB 1073

 

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Author:

Ting (D)

Title:

Pharmacy: Prescription Drug Labels

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/09/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee

Hearing:

07/06/2015, Room 3191

Summary:

Amends the Pharmacy Law regarding drug labels. Requires a dispenser to use a standardized direction for use on the label of the prescription container from a regulatory listing. Requires making available translations, in languages other than English and to post directions on its Internet Web site. Provides the time period to implement any changes. Requires a dispenser to select the appropriate translated direction. Allows a dispenser to provide translated directions. Provides a civil liability exemption.

Status:

06/09/2015

From SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT with author's amendments.

06/09/2015

In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

 

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 Health Committee

Hearing:

07/01/2015 1:30 pm, 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:

06/19/2015

To SENATE Committee on HEALTH.

 

19.

CA AB 1124

 

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Author:

Perea (D)

Title:

Workers' Compensation: Medication Formulary

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Location:

Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee

Summary:

Relates to prescription medications. Requires the Administrative Director of the Workers' Compensation Commission to establish a formulary for medications prescribed in the system, and to convene an advisory committee to assist in the development of the formulary. Requires the committee to study and make recommendations on the development of the formulary.

Status:

06/19/2015

To SENATE Committee on LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.

 

20.

CA AB 1162

 

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Author:

Holden (D)

Title:

Medi-Cal: Tobacco Cessation

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/08/2015 1:30 pm, 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 unlimited quit attempts. 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:

06/19/2015

To SENATE Committee on HEALTH.

CaPharma_position:

SupportIfAmended

 

21.

CA AB 1306

 

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Author:

Burke (D)

Title:

Healing Arts: Certified Nurse-Midwives: Scope

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

05/28/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee

Hearing:

07/06/2015, Room 3191

Summary:

Requires an applicant for a certification to practice nurse-midwifery to provide evidence of current advanced level national certification by a certifying body that meets standards established and approved by the Board of Registered Nursing. Requires the Board to create an advisory council to make recommendations to the Board. Authorizes a certified nurse-midwife to manage a full range of primary health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause including gynecologic and family planning.

Status:

06/18/2015

To SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

 

22.

CA AB 1337

 

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Author:

Linder (R)

Title:

Medical Records Electronic Delivery

Fiscal Committee:

no

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/22/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Health Committee

Hearing:

07/01/2015 1:30 pm, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

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:

06/22/2015

From SENATE Committee on HEALTH with author's amendments.

06/22/2015

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

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:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

07/07/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Relates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Provides a waiver to allow individuals below a specified age who are not eligible to obtain health coverage because of immigration status to obtain coverage from the State Health Benefit Exchange, and requires the development of a related transition plan for those individuals. Provides for the facilitation of enrollment for certain individuals of a specified minimum age, that due to their immigration state are not eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

Status:

06/15/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH.

 

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:

06/25/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Agriculture Committee

Hearing:

07/01/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 126

Summary:

Prohibits the administration of medically important antimicrobial drugs to livestock unless prescribed by a veterinarian or a feed directive. Prohibits the administration of a medically important antimicrobial drug to livestock solely to cause an increase rate of weight gain or improved feed efficiency. Requires the development of a program or participation in an initiative to track the use of such drugs in livestock and to track antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and patterns of emerging resistance.

Status:

06/25/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on AGRICULTURE with author's amendments.

06/25/2015

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

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

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

07/14/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

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:

05/14/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH.

 

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

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

07/07/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

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:

06/23/2015

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:

06/01/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

07/07/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Requires health care service plans and insurers for services at alternative rates to make a provider directory available on its Internet Web site, including those who accept new patients. Requires a standard provider director template. Provides for a consistent plan to permit agencies to construct multiplan directories. Prohibits requiring information seekers to demonstrate coverage or to provide policy information. Requires notification when a provider is not accepting new patients.

Status:

06/11/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH.

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

Committee:

Assembly Governmental Organization Committee

Hearing:

07/08/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

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:

06/18/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION.

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:

05/05/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

06/30/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Permits a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to make the product available to eligible patients with a terminal disease and to provide a related report. 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:

06/11/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committees on HEALTH and BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS.

 

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

Committee:

Assembly Governmental Organization Committee

Hearing:

07/08/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

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:

06/18/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION.

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:

06/02/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Judiciary Committee

Hearing:

06/30/2015 9:00 am, 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 who has been removed from the physical custody of his or her parent. Provides what the updates shall ensure. 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.

Status:

06/15/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committees on JUDICIARY and HUMAN SERVICES.

 

33.

CA SB 253

 

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Author:

Monning (D)

Title:

Dependent Children: Psychotropic Medication

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/02/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Judiciary Committee

Hearing:

06/30/2015 9:00 am, 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:

06/15/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committees on JUDICIARY and HUMAN SERVICES.

CaPharma_position:

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:

Pending

File:

22

Location:

Senate Unfinished Business

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:

06/25/2015

In ASSEMBLY. Read third time. Passed ASSEMBLY. *****To SENATE for concurrence.(46-31)

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Support

 

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:

06/18/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

07/07/2015 1:30 pm, 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. Specifies such provisions do not apply if a contracted network physician group is delegated the financial risk for the pharmacy or medical drug benefit by a health care service plan or health insurer, or if the network uses its own process.

Status:

06/18/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH with author's amendments.

06/18/2015

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

 

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:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

06/30/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

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:

05/18/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH with author's amendments.

05/18/2015

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

CaPharma_position:

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:

06/02/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Human Services Committee

Hearing:

06/30/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 437

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:

06/15/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committees on HUMAN SERVICES and HEALTH.

 

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:

06/23/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Business and Professions Committee

Hearing:

06/30/2015 9:00 am, State Capitol, Room 447

Summary:

Authorizes a nurse practitioner to order durable medical equipment, certify disability for purposes of unemployment insurance after physical examination and collaboration with a physician and surgeon, and, for home health services or personal care services, approving, signing, modifying, or adding to a plan of treatment or care. Requires a patient referral to a physician or surgeon under certain conditions. Requires professional liability insurance. Includes a nurse practitioner as a licensee.

Status:

06/23/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS with author's amendments.

06/23/2015

In ASSEMBLY. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS.

CaPharma_position:

Support

 

39.

CA SB 423

 

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Author:

Bates (R)

Title:

Pharmaceutical Waste: Over-the-Counter Drugs

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

yes

Last Amend:

06/03/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Senate Environmental Quality Committee

Hearing:

07/15/2015 9:30 am, Room 3191

Summary:

Excludes from the definition of pharmaceutical waste, for purposes of regulation under Medical Waste Management Act, any over-the-counter human or veterinary drug or dietary supplement that is characterized and managed as a hazardous or solid waste and, with respect to an over-the-counter human or veterinary drug, is not disposed of on land within the State.

Status:

06/03/2015

From SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY with author's amendments.

06/03/2015

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

 

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:

06/02/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Health Committee

Hearing:

07/14/2015 1:30 pm, State Capitol, Room 4202

Summary:

Provides for a working group of public payers, private health insurance carriers, 3rd-party purchasers, and health care providers 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:

06/18/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH.

CaPharma_position:

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 Health Committee

Hearing:

07/07/2015 1:30 pm, 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:

06/18/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH.

 

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:

04/16/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Business and Professions Committee

Hearing:

06/30/2015 9:00 am, State Capitol, Room 447

Summary:

Amends the Naturopathic Doctors Act. Authorizes a naturopathic doctor to dispense, administer, order, prescribe, provide, furnish, or perform parenteral therapy and minor procedures. Authorizes the use of cervical route of administration only for the purpose of administering barrier contraception. Deletes provision restricting the authority of such doctors to furnish or order drugs and to order Schedule IV through V controlled substances under the supervision of a physician.

Status:

06/18/2015

To ASSEMBLY Committee on BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS.

CaPharma_position:

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:

Pending

Location:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

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:

06/23/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS: Do pass to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.(14-0)

CaPharma_position:

Support

 

45.

CA SB 671

 

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Author:

Hill (D)

Title:

Pharmacy: Biological Product

Fiscal Committee:

yes

Urgency Clause:

no

Last Amend:

06/23/2015

Disposition:

Pending

Committee:

Assembly Business and Professions Committee

Hearing:

07/07/2015 9:00 am, State Capitol, Room 447

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:

06/23/2015

From ASSEMBLY Committee on BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS with author's amendments.

06/23/2015

In ASSEMBLY. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS.

CaPharma_position:

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:

A-14

Location:

Assembly Inactive File

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.

CaPharma_position:

Sponsor, Support