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S_HHS_2016A 03/30/2016 11:29:01 AM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Date: 03/30/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 11:29 AM to 12:34 PM
Aguilar
*
Martinez Humenik
X
Place: SCR 352
Newell
X
Crowder
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Lundberg
X
Senator Lundberg
This Report was prepared by
Elizabeth Haskell
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB16-1063

SB16-158
Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole



11:29 AM -- HB 16-1063



Senator Scheffel, co-prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1063, and provided two handouts to the committee (Attachments A and B). The reengrossed bill provides an exception for certain mental health professionals related to the prohibition against disclosing confidential client communications. Under the bill, a specified mental health professional may make a disclosure if his or her client makes an articulable and significant threat to a school or its occupants or exhibits behavior that the professional deems to jeopardize the safety of students, teachers, administrators, or other school personnel. Disclosures may only be made to appropriate school and school district personnel or law enforcement agencies. Information provided to school and school district personnel must remain confidential, regardless of whether the information constitutes an educational record subject to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The bill provides immunity from civil actions concerning such disclosures and clarifies that the bill does not impact any statutory duties to warn and protect others. Within 30 days of the bill's passage, the Department of Human Services is directed to apply for an exception to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in order to implement the bill, and to notify the Revisor of Statutes of its decision.



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11:34 AM



Senator Cadman, co-prime bill sponsor, came to the table and commented on the intent of the bill.



11:36 AM --
Matthew Holmeister, St. Vrain Valley School District, testified in support of the bill. He discussed the provisions of the HIPAA and FERPA that are impacted by the bill. Mr. Holmeister responded to committee questions.









11:44 AM --
Nick Thompson, St. Vrain School District, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Thompson responded to questions.



11:50 AM --
Debbie Lammers, St. Vrain Valley School District, testified in support of the bill.



11:55 AM --
Jennifer Anderson, Office of the Attorney General, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Anderson responded to questions from the committee.



11:57 AM --
Chris Johnson, County Sheriffs of Colorado, spoke in support of the bill.



11:58 AM --
Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, spoke in support of the bill.



12:01 PM --
Jason Germain, Douglas County School District, spoke in support of the bill.



12:04 PM



Senator Cadman made closing comments. Senator Scheffel made closing comments.



12:09 PM



Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1063
TIME: 12:11:30 PM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1063 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Newell
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Lundberg
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS









12:13 PM -- SB 16-158



Senator Lundberg, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 16-158. The bill clarifies and expands the duties that a physician may delegate to a physician assistant within his or her scope of practice, including allowing physician assistants to:



• issue certain statements verifying a medical condition;

• obtain Level I accreditation in workers' compensation matters;

• qualify as providing direct access to a health care provider under health insurance plans in regards to several conditions where direct access is mandated in law;

• work under the direction and supervision of a podiatrist (up to four physician assistants per podiatrist) ;

• serve as a public health director for a county or district board of health; and

• issue certificates of immunization or medical exemptions to immunizations for K-12 and university students.



In addition, the bill requires that prescriptions for schedule II controlled substances issued by a physician assistant be imprinted with the name of the supervising physician or podiatrist. All other prescriptions issued by physician assistants must be imprinted with the name and address of the facility where the physician assistant practices.



12:15 PM --
Megan Towsend, Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants, testified in support of the bill.



12:17 PM --
Dr. Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Osbourne-Roberts responded to questions from the committee.



12:21 PM -- Dan Sung, Division of Workers' Compensation, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, commented on the bill.



12:23 PM --
Cindy Sovine Miller, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.





12:24 PM



Senator Lundberg discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment C).



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BILL: SB16-158
TIME: 12:24:59 PM
MOVED: Lundberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Martinez Humenik
Newell
Crowder
Lundberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection
BILL: SB16-158
TIME: 12:29:13 PM
MOVED: Lundberg
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-158, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Newell
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Lundberg
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



12:34 PM



Senator Crowder adjourned the meeting.




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