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Healthcare Legislation Moving Across the Gold Dome – Weekly Report

Our associates at Frogue Clark Public Affairs have provided the following update on healthcare legislation moving across the Gold Dome: CALENDAR Day 36 Monday, March 20 Day 37 Wednesday, March 22 Day 38 Friday, March 24 Day 39 Tuesday, March 28 Day 40 Thursday, March 30 (Sine Die) FLOOR NOTES The House Chamber passed the following pieces of legislation this week: SB 96 – Sponsored by Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), this piece of legislation would allow registered professional nurses, nurse practitioners or physician assistants to pronounce the death of patients in nursing homes even if the patient is an organ donor. SB 47 – Authored by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome), this bill would provide for a licensure exemption for visiting sports teams’ physicians to allow for a teams’ physician, physician assistant or athletic trainer to administer services to their team. The physician would be prohibited from practicing at a health care clinic or health care facility, including an acute care facility, while traveling with the team. SB 103 – Authored by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), this bill would authorize the Commissioner of Insurance to promulgate certain rules and regulations and to examine and investigate certain matters with regard to pharmacy benefits managers. It would also prohibit pharmacy benefits managers from requiring the use of mail-order [...]

March 17th, 2017|Gold Dome, Legislative, News, Newsfront|

Healthcare Legislation Moving Across the Gold Dome – Weekly Report

Our associates at Frogue Clark Public Affairs have provided the following update on healthcare legislation moving across the Gold Dome: CALENDAR Day 28 Friday, March 3 (Crossover Day) Day 29 Monday, March 6 Day 30 - 31 Thursday March 9 - Friday, March 10 Day 32 - 35 Monday, March 13 – Thursday, March 16 Day 36 Monday, March 20 Day 37 Wednesday, March 22 Day 38 Friday, March 24 Day 39 Tuesday, March 28 Day 40 Thursday, March 30 (Sine Die)   The Senate Chamber passed the following bills this week: SB 81 – Authored by Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford), this bill would allow the state health officer to issue a standing order to allow a licensed pharmacist to distribute Naloxone over the counter.  Additionally, the legislation would mandate that every pharmacy in Georgia keep a record of every opioid antagonist dispensed and would require reporting to the PDMP by July 1, 2018. Children with ADHD (and others) would be exempt from the regulations of this bill. Two amendments were adopted on the floor. The first would add language stating that “a private cause of action against a prescriber or dispenser cannot be created” (line 268). The second amendment deletes Sections 2-6, the felony and misdemeanor language. SB 103 – Authored by Sen. Jeff [...]

March 3rd, 2017|Gold Dome, Legislative, News, Newsfront|

Healthcare Legislation Moving Across the Gold Dome

Our associates at Frogue Clark Public Affairs have provided the following update on healthcare legislation moving across the Gold Dome: CALENDAR Day 21-24 Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, February 24 Day 25-27 Monday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 1 Day 28 Friday, March 3 Day 29 Monday, March 6 Day 30-31 Thursday, March 9 – Friday, March 10 Day 32-35 Monday, March 13 – Thursday, March 16 Day 36 Monday, March 20 Day 37 Wednesday, March 22 Day 38 Friday, March 24 Day 39 Tuesday, March 28 Day 40 Thursday, March 30   Governor Nathan Deal signed SB 70 in to law on Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), this piece of legislation renews the Hospital Provider Payment Program/Hospital Medicaid Financing Program and extends the program until June 30, 2020. The original law had a sunset date of June 30, 2017. On Wednesday, he signed HB 43, the $24.3 billion dollar Amended FY2017 Budget that included much needed funding for nursing home surveyors at DCH. SB 41 – Authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), this piece of legislation would provide for the licensure of durable medical equipment suppliers. The following persons and entities shall be exempt from the requirements (unless any such person or entity has a separate company that is in the business [...]

February 17th, 2017|Gold Dome, Legislative, News, Newsfront|

Gold Dome Sine Die Report March 29, 2016

From the GHCA Government Affairs Staff and our partners at Frogue Clark Public Affairs Consulting: GOLD DOME REPORT – FINAL EDITION FOR 2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION The House and Senate adjourned just after midnight on Friday, March 24, completing the 2016 Legislative Session. Below you will find some highlights from an eventful evening under the Gold Dome.  Top GHCA Priorities Received Passage in 2016 Session As has been reported over the course of session, GHCA’s two top priorities, liability reform and increased funding, received passage and now await the Governor’s signature.  HB 920, sponsored by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), passed out of the Senate last week and was given final approval Tuesday when the House agreed to changes made in the Senate.   Also on Tuesday, the House and Senate gave final approval to the FY2017 Appropriations Act.  This budget granted a 3% increase to the existing 2012 cost report, resulting in $35.1 million in new funding to Georgia nursing centers.  Additionally, the House and Senate agreed on a 3% increase to ventilator rates for Georgia providers who offer those services. PASSED LEGISLATION  HB 193, sponsored by Rep. Carl Rogers (R-Gainesville), provides for the “Life Insurance Consumer Disclosure Model Act.” Life agents would be employed to explain to the policy holder other options available to them should the policy be on the [...]

March 30th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative, Newsfront|

Gold Dome Report March 25, 2016

Gold Dome Report 2016 Legislative Session Concludes Early Friday Morning The Georgia General Assembly went into the early hours of Friday morning with the House gaveling out at midnight and the Senate working until just after 12:30am. GHCA Government Affairs staff will release a full report Monday with information on all bills that passed or failed in the closing days of session. Top GHCA Priorities Received Passage in 2016 Session As has been reported over the course of session, GHCA’s two top priorities, liability reform and increased funding, received passage and now await the Governor’s signature.  HB 920, sponsored by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), passed out of the Senate last week and was given final approval Tuesday when the House agreed to changes made in the Senate.  Also on Tuesday, the House and Senate gave final approval to the FY2017 Appropriations Act.  This budget granted a 3% increase to the existing 2012 cost report, resulting in $36 million in new funding to Georgia nursing centers.

March 25th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report March 11, 2016

Gold Dome Report Below you will find some highlights from a busy week under the Gold Dome, marking five remaining legislative days in the 2016 Legislative Session. CALENDAR Days 36 – 38  Monday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 16 Day 39  Tuesday, March 22 Day 40  Thursday, March 24   SENATE PASSES FY2017 BUDGET Early this week the Senate Appropriations Committee released their changes to the Governor’s budget for FY 2017 being proposed by the House of Representatives.  Yesterday, the full Senate passed that budget and now a conference committee will resolve any differences between the two chambers before final passage. As you are most likely aware, the Governor’s budget did not include any funding changes for nursing care centers. We are pleased to report that both the House of Representatives and the Senate included an additional $35.1 million to increase funding for nursing home rates. The Senate budget (full document can be accessed HERE) includes 4 major funding changes for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD) population.  The first three items were included in the House version of the budget.  The Senate has added a fourth change, increasing the ventilator rates by 3%. State Funds Total Funds 1. Increase funds to provide a 3% inflation adjustment on the 2012 nursing home cost reports – this equates [...]

March 11th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report March 4, 2016

Gold Dome Report The Georgia General Assembly was in session for two days this week, with Monday marking Crossover Day (Day 30). Any bill that did not pass through its chamber of origin on this day is not eligible to move through the legislative process in 2016. Below you will find some additional highlights from this week. Please note that there are nine legislative days left in the 2016 Legislative Session. CALENDAR Days 32 – 35 Monday, March 7; Tues, March 8; Thursday, March 10; Friday, March 11 Days 36 – 38 Monday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 16 Day 39 Tuesday, March 22 Day 40 Thursday, March 24 GHCA TORT REFORM INITIATIVE SET TO BE HEARD IN SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE NEXT WEEK After passing overwhelmingly out of the full House of Representatives last week, HB 920, authored by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), is set to be heard either Wednesday or Friday in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee (HHS).  Chairing Senate HHS is longtime GHCA supporter, Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford).  GHCA Staff and leadership will continue to work with Rep. Kelley and speak with key members of the HHS committee prior to its midweek hearing. FY2017 BUDGET EXPECTED ON SENATE FLOOR EARLY NEXT WEEK Senate leaders and budget staff are expected to meet over [...]

March 4th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report February 12, 2016

Gold Dome Report Thursday marked the half way point of the 40-day legislative session. There are 10 legislative days left for bills to cross over to the opposite chamber to be eligible for final passage. Below are some additional highlights from this week under the Gold Dome. CALENDAR Days 21 – 24   Tuesday, February 16 – Friday, February 19 Days 25 – 29   Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26 Day 30 Monday, February 29 Day 31 Wednesday, March 2 Days 32 – 35   Monday, March 7; Tues, March 8; Thursday, March 10; Friday, March 11 Days 36 – 38   Monday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 16 Day 39 Tuesday, March 22 Day 40 Thursday, March 24   BUDGET The Senate passed the AFY2016 budget on Wednesday morning by a unanimous vote of 49-0. The budget will now return to the House who can accept the Senate's changes or insist on their position, in which case a conference committee would be appointed.   The FY 17 Budget is expected to be finished by the House over this weekend and will likely come before the full House Appropriations Committee this upcoming week. GHCA staff will send out alerts regarding changes to our funding and the status of the appropriations act as it moves from House to [...]

February 29th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report February 22, 2016

Gold Dome Report Legislative Days Days 25-29 - Monday, February 22 - Friday, February 26 Day 30 - Monday, February 29 Day 31 - Wednesday, March 2 Days 32-35 - Monday, March 7, Tuesday, March 8, Thursday, March 10, Friday, March 11 Days 36-38 - Monday, March 14 - Wednesday, March 16 Day 39 - Tuesday, March 22 Day 40 - Thursday, March 24 BUDGET AFY2016: The Senate unanimously approved the House changes to HB 750, the Amended FY2016 budget. The Governor signed the document this week, creating an additional $1.25 billion in state spending between now and the end of June 2016.    FY2017: The House Appropriations Committee met on Thursday morning to discuss HB 751, the FY2017 Budget. The Committee agreed to the House Appropriations Health Subcommittee’s proposed recommendations, which include multiple Medicaid rate increases. Medicaid providers of primary care, skilled nursing care, emergency ambulance services, children's therapy services and home and community-based long-term care services all benefited from the subcommittee's recommendations. The House made changes to the following items: Transfer $46,488,969 in state general funds and $6,191,806 in tobacco settlement funds for the Community Care Services Program (CCSP) from the Elder Community Living Services program in the Department of Human Services. State funds include $52,680,775 and total funds include $67,016,733 Reduce funds [...]

February 29th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report February 26, 2016

Gold Dome Report Legislative Days Day 30 Monday, February 29 Day 31 Wednesday, March 2 Days 32 – 35 Monday, March 7; Tues, March 8; Thursday, March 10; Friday, March 11 Days 36 – 38 Monday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 16 Day 39 Tuesday, March 22 Day 40 Thursday, March 24   GHCA TORT REFORM EFFORT PASSES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES   HB 920, authored by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), was passed by the House of Representatives this afternoon with only 14 dissenting votes after having unanimously passed out of the influential House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.  The bill is GHCA’s effort to decrease litigation costs by limiting the parties that can initially be named in a lawsuit alleging direct or vicarious liability for the personal injury or death of a resident in a nursing center. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. SENATE LEADERSHIP BEGINS WORK ON THE FY2017 BUDGET   The Senate Appropriations Committee has begun its deliberations on the FY2017 budget.  Last week, as reported, the full House of Representatives passed their version of the budget that included $11.3 million in state funds to provide for a “3% inflation adjustment on the 2012 nursing home cost reports.” Considering the federal share, this state funding would equate to an overall $35.1 [...]

February 29th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative|