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s_hhs_2018a_2018-02-08t13:35:10z0 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB18-022

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Feb 8, 2018      
Location SCR 354



SB18-022 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:36:09 PM  
Senator Aguilar and Senator Tate, co-prime
sponsors, presented Senate Bill 18-022.  The bill limits to a seven-day
supply, the number of opioid pills that a health care provider including
physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, dentists, optometrists,
podiatrists, and veterinarians, may prescribe to a patient.  At the
discretion of the provider, the prescription may include one refill for
an additional seven-day supply.  With certain exceptions, the bill
also requires health care providers or their designees, to query the Prescription
Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) prior to prescribing the first refill prescription
for an opioid. The bill includes a number of exceptions to the seven-day
limitation and allows for a health care provider to electronically prescribe
opioids.
 When
initially querying the PDMP, each health care provider or designee is required
to identify his or her area of health care specialty or practice.

The bill also requires the Department
of Public Health and Environment to report its findings to the General
Assembly from studies conducted on PDMP integration methods and health
care provider report cards.  The department is also required to provide
the findings to the Center for Research Into Substance Use Disorder Prevention,
Treatment, and Recovery Support Strategies at the University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center.  The center is required to use the information
to provide voluntary training for health care providers in targeted areas.
 



Amendment L.005 was distributed to the committee (Attachment A).

01:40:43 PM  

Dr. Robert Valuck, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, testified in support of the bill.  Dr. Valuck responded to questions from the committee.

01:53:25 PM  

Dr. J. Scott Bainbridge, Colorado Pain Society, testified in support of the bill.  Dr. Bainbridge responded to questions from the committee.

01:58:35 PM  

Dr. Stephanie Gold, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, testified in support of the bill.  Dr. Gold responded to questions from the committee.

02:02:57 PM  

Dr. Don Stader, Colorado Medical Society, testified in support of the bill and  responded to questions from the committee.  Committee discussion followed.

02:13:12 PM  

Kelly Tobin, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC), testified in support of the bill.

02:20:28 PM  

Jennifer Remington, CCDC, testified in support of the bill.  Senator Aguilar commented on issues brought up during previous testimony.

02:26:03 PM  

Committee questions and comments followed.

02:27:50 PM  

Committee discussion continued.

02:31:24 PM  

Edie Sonn, Pinnacol Assurance, testified in support of the bill.

02:35:53 PM  

Jackie Zheleznyak, Denver Health, testified in support of the bill.

02:38:52 PM  

Jennifer Goodrum, Colorado Dental Association (CDA), testified in a neutral position on the bill and discussed CDA's concerns about amendment L.005 (Attachment A).  Ms. Goodrum responded to questions from the committee.  Committee comments followed.

02:51:24 PM  

Committee discussion ensued.

02:54:18 PM  

Lindsey Myers, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in support of the bill.

02:57:48 PM  

Senator Tate made closing comments.



03:02:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment A).
Moved Aguilar
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik Excused
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:05:25 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-022, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Aguilar
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS