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h_hie_2016a_2016-04-07t13:30:23z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 04/07/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1424



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, INSURANCE, & ENVIRONMENT


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer House Bill 16-1424 to the Committee on Appro PASS







01:30 PM -- HB 16-1424



Representative Vigil, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1424. The bill changes the way state agencies handle the training and registration of personnel authorized to administer medications in certain state facilities, and changes the definition of "facility" to include services offered to intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).



Under current law, a person who is not a licensed nurse, physician, or pharmacist (unlicensed person) must complete a training and take an exam approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) every four years in order to be deemed qualified to administer medications at facilities administered by certain state departments. The bill removes the requirement that the exam be taken every four years, replacing it with the one-time completion of a competency evaluation.



CDPHE must set minimum requirements for course content, competency, and evaluations; approve entities that provide training on the administration of medication; and determine rules for and compliance by facilities overseen by CDPHE. The Department of Human Services (DHS), HCPF, and the Department of Corrections (DOC) must each develop and conduct a medication administration program and may set their own minimum standards for course content and competency evaluations for unlicensed persons who administer medication in the facilities run by those departments. DHS, HCPF, DOC, and CDPHE must each maintain a list of those who have completed the competency evaluation. To be included on CDPHE's list, people must pay a required fee once they have passed the competency evaluation. CDPHE must also maintain a list of approved training entities.



Under current law, facility operators must conduct a drug-related criminal background check on new employees. Under the bill, prior to hiring a new employee or promoting an employee to a position with access to medication, the facility operator must conduct a general purpose criminal history check. In addition, employees must sign a disclosure statement stating that he or she has never had a professional nursing, medicine, or pharmacy license revoked for reasons related to administration of medications.



A person may not fill or label medication reminder boxes until they have completed the competency evaluation from an approved training entity or has been approved by an authorized agency. In addition to the time and amount of the medication, facilities also must keep a written record with the date and signature of the person administering the medication each time a medication is administered.



01:35 PM



Representative Vigil answered questions from the committee members.



01:36 PM --
Arlene Miles, Colorado Health Care Association, testified on the bill.



01:38 PM --
Randy Kuykendall, CDPHE, testified on the bill.



01:41 PM



Mr. Kuykendall and Ms. Miles answered questions from the committee members.



01:52 PM --
Corky Kyle, Colorado Assisted Living Association, testified in support of the bill.



01:56 PM



Representative Vigil made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members remarks about the bill.


BILL: HB16-1424
TIME: 01:58:49 PM
MOVED: Ginal
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1424 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: Brown
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Buckner
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Humphrey
Yes
Joshi
Yes
Klingenschmitt
Yes
Landgraf
Yes
Lontine
Yes
Primavera
Yes
Ransom
Yes
Ginal
Yes
McCann
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS














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