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S_JUD_2019A 04/25/2019 07:01:49 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date 04/25/2019
Attendance
Cooke X
Gardner X
Rodriguez X
Gonzales X
Lee X
Time 07:01:49 PM to 09:13:51 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Lee
This Report was prepared by Juliann Jenson
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB19-237 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB19-1282 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB19-1283 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-234 Referred to Senate Appropriations

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

SB19-237 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


07:02:10 PM  

Senator Lee called the meeting to order and announced that the committee will continue the hearing on SB 19-237, which was laid over from April 24, 2019. 

Senator Rodriguez recapped SB 19-237, concerning consumer protection act damages.  He distributed a packet of information about class actions under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (Attachment A). 

Valerie Schlecht, representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, spoke in support of the bill.

Steven Woodrow, representing himself as a consumer rights lawyer at Woodrow and Peluso, testified in support of the measure.  He discussed class action lawsuits and access to justice. 

07:12:09 PM  

Committee discussion followed about the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, legislative intent, judicial review, and damages. 

Senator Rodriguez made closing remarks. 



07:19:23 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-237 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Cooke No
Gardner No
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1282 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


07:19:45 PM  

Senator Donovan explained HB 19-1282, concerning court-appointed special advocate (CASA) program oversight.  She explained that the bill stems from an audit recommendation to put a contract into place with CASA and the state to oversee the program directly.



07:23:23 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1282 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1283 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


07:24:00 PM  

Senator Rodriguez explained HB 19-1283, concerning requiring insurers to disclose certain information concerning insurance policies, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.  

Patrick Boyle, representing Property and Casualty Insurance, spoke from a neutral position on the bill. He discussed how the bill provides protections for those who might be liable, as well as clarifies timelines and responses.

Natalie Brown, representing the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjustors, testified in support of the bill.  She discusssed the benefits of early insurance coverage disclosure.   

07:29:25 PM  

Senator Rodriguez made closing remarks. 



07:30:57 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1283 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-234 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


07:31:17 PM  

Senator Foote and Rodriguez, co-prime sponsors, explained SB 19-234, concerning the continuation of the functions of professional review committees, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the Department of Regulatory Agencies.  Senator Foote recapped the sunset review on the Colorado Professional Review Act in Senate Judiciary heard on March 25, 2019.

07:34:12 PM  

Dr. Bill Scelza, representing Craig Hospital, testified in support of the bill. He discussed the benefits of a peer review process for physicians.  

Amber Burkhart, representing the Colorado Hospital Association read supporting testimony from Kelly Erb of the Colorado Rural Health Center.  The letter stated that rural health providers in isolated areas particularly benefit from peer reviews.  

Dr. Darlene Tad-Y. representing the Colorado Hospital Association, testified in favor of the bill.  She discussed how peer review facilitates training and professional development.

Ann McCullough, representing the Colorado Hospital Association, testified in support of the bill.  She focused on the positive operational aspects of peer review.  She expressed concerns that it will grind to a halt if not re-authorized and increase health care costs. 

A letter from the Colorado Hospital Association in support of SB 19-234 was distributed to committee members (Attachment B). 

07:49:38 PM  

Adam Kozlowski, representing the Colorado Medical Society, testified in support of the bill.  As an anesthesiologist, he discussed the benefits of peer review.

Jill Jamison, representing Kaiser Permanente, testified in support of the bill. She discussed how Kaiser uses peer reviews. 

08:01:19 PM  

Dr. Richard Sharpe, representing Kaiser Permanente, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed how the confidentiality component in the bill is important and ultimately protects patients.  He distributed a fact sheet about peer review (Attachment C). 

08:12:04 PM  

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, representing Denver Health, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed how peer review is used in residency programs. 

Dr. Todd Mydler, representing SCL Health, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed the benefits of peer review for physicians. 

Amy Cardone, representing the Colorado Medical Society, testified in support of the bill.  She suggested an amendment that would clarify and make public original source materials that are not part of the peer review process.  She distributed an assessment of the impact on patient safety in Florida since professional review records became discoverable (Attachment D). 

 

 

08:27:49 PM  

Peter McClenahan, representing patients, testified in opposition to the bill. He stressed that peer review hides adverse events under privilege.  He cited peer review quality management statutes as a better example of balancing the varied interests (Section 25-3-109, C.R.S.). 

Jim Puga, representing himself as a trial attorney who represents consumers and patients, testified in opposition to the bill. He discussed patient safety and a patient's right to know what happened. 

08:38:51 PM  

Lorraine Parker, representing patients, testified in opposition to the bill. She emphasized that patients should have the right to know what happened and questioned earlier claims about peer review falling apart without confidentiality.

Deborah Saeed Gay, representing herself, spoke in opposition to the bill.  She relayed a personal experience in which an emergency room doctor with a substance abuse problem misdiagnosed her son's illness.

08:47:14 PM  

Pamela Maass, representing herself and the Rocky Mountain Victim's Law Center, spoke in opposition to the bill. She discussed sexually abusive doctors and expressed concerns that peer review creates a shield of secrecy.

08:52:25 PM  

Jeff Reister, representing the Department of Regulatory Agencies, provided a neutral position on the bill.  He spoke to the benefits of professional review and addressed consumer protection issues. 

08:54:07 PM  

Dr. Irene Aguilar, representing herself as a former state senator, spoke in favor of the bill.  She explained her work on the sunset review of the Professional Review Board in 2012.  She discussed the merits of peer review, confidentiality, and patient safety. 

 

 

09:05:36 PM  

Senators Foote and Rodriguez made closing remarks.  Senator Foote explained how the stakeholders could not come to an agreement about confidentiality provisions in the bill.  He recommended advancing the bill nonetheless due to the importance of peer review.  Senators Rodriguez and Foote implored the parties to come together and find a solution while the bill goes through the legislative process. 

 



09:13:28 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-234 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


09:13:51 PM   The committee adjourned.