HB469 (2017) Detail

(New Title) establishing a continuous quality improvement program for pharmacies, relative to vaccines administered by pharmacists, and relative to the authority of the insurance department on federal health care reform.


CHAPTER 221

HB 469 - FINAL VERSION

 

05/31/2017   2004s

2017 SESSION

17-0661

10/01

 

HOUSE BILL 469

 

AN ACT establishing a continuous quality improvement program for pharmacies, relative to vaccines administered by pharmacists, and relative to the authority of the insurance department on federal health care reform.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. P. Schmidt, Straf. 19; Rep. Patten, Merr. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Requires licensed pharmacies to establish continuous quality improvement programs to identify weaknesses in processes and systems and make appropriate corrections.  

 

II.  Adds hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines to the list of vaccines which may be administered by certain licensed pharmacists and nullifies the provision of SB 65 of the 2017 regular legislative session which addresses the same matter.

 

III.  Adds provisions for the insurance department concerning federal health care reform, and repeals these provisions on July 1, 2020.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

05/31/2017   2004s 17-0661

10/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a continuous quality improvement program for pharmacies, relative to vaccines administered by pharmacists, and relative to the authority of the insurance department on federal health care reform.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

221:1  New Section; Continuous Quality Improvement.  Amend RSA 318 by inserting after section 45 the following new section:

318:45-a  Continuous Quality Improvement.

I.  Each licensed pharmacy shall establish a continuous quality improvement  program (CQI).  The purpose of the program shall be to assess errors that occur in the pharmacy during the review, preparation, and dispensing of prescription medications and to allow the pharmacy to take appropriate action to prevent or reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.  The program is non-punitive and seeks to identify weaknesses in processes and systems, in order to make appropriate corrections to improve them.

II.  A CQI program may be comprised of staff members of the pharmacy, including pharmacists, registered pharmacy interns, registered pharmacy technicians, clerical staff, and other personnel deemed necessary by the pharmacist in charge or the consultant pharmacist of record.

III.  A CQI program shall require that the pharmacist in charge or the consultant pharmacist of record ensure that a review of quality-related events occurs at least every 3 months, contain a planned process to record and assess quality related events, include a process for documenting actions to improve the quality of patient care, and maintain a summary of the documented actions.  The review should consider environment and systems-based contributing factors.

IV.(a)  The pharmacy shall either:

(1)  Report incidents and unsafe events as quality-related events through a contracted patient safety organization (PSO) recognized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) whose primary mission is pharmacy continuous quality improvement; or

(2)  Document incidents and unsafe events as quality-related events in an internal program in the pharmacy in a written record or computer database created solely for that purpose.

(b)  The quality-related event shall be documented by the individual who discovers the event or the individual to whom it is initially reported.  Documentation of quality-related events shall include a description of the event that is sufficient to permit categorization and analysis of the event.  Pharmacies shall maintain such records at least until the event has been considered and incorporated in a summary of documented actions.

V.  As a component of its CQI program, each licensed pharmacy shall assure that, following a quality-related event, all reasonably necessary steps have been taken to prevent or minimize patient harm.

VI.  CQI programs shall be confidential.  The summarization document shall analyze process improvements undertaken following a quality-related event.  No patient names or employee names shall be included in this summarization.  The summarization shall be maintained for 4 years and be made available within 3 business days of a request by the board's inspectors.  Continuous quality improvement records shall be considered peer-review documents and not subject to discovery in civil litigation or administrative actions.

VII.  The board may establish by rules adopted under RSA 541-A program requirements and recordkeeping requirements of a pharmacy CQI program.

221:2  New Section; Vaccines Administered by Pharmacists; Vaccines Added.  Amend RSA 318 by inserting after section 16-c the following new section:

318:16-d  Pharmacist Administration of Additional Vaccines.  In addition to the authority under RSA 318:16-b, a pharmacist may administer hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines to individuals 18 years of age or older, provided all of the criteria in this section have been met.  The pharmacist shall:

I.  Hold a current license to practice as a pharmacist in New Hampshire.

II.  Possess at least $1,000,000 of professional liability insurance coverage.

III.  In order to administer hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines, have completed training specific to the administering of the respective vaccines that includes programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or curriculum-based programs from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy or state or local health department programs or programs recognized by the board.

IV.  Provide to the board evidence of compliance with paragraphs I-III.

V.  Provide notice to the primary care provider, when designated by the patient, of the administration of the hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines.

VI.  Maintain a record of administration of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccinations for each individual as required by state and federal law.

221:3  Nullification.  The provisions of SB 65 of the 2017 regular legislative session, relative to vaccines administered by pharmacists, are hereby nullified and shall not take effect.

221:4  Individual Health Insurance Market; Contingency.  RSA 404-G:12 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

404-G:12  Contingency.

I.  Notwithstanding RSA 404-G:11, with the approval of the governor and the joint health care reform oversight committee, and after issuing public notice, conducting a hearing, and receiving public comment, the commissioner may request that the board of directors of the association develop a plan of operation to support the affordability of health insurance in the state’s individual health insurance market.  The proposal may include resumption of the risk adjustment program referenced in RSA 404-G:5, reopening of the high risk pool referenced in RSA 404-G:5-a, creation and operation of a reinsurance program, or such other program as the board finds will best support the availability and affordability of health insurance in the state.  The commissioner shall approve the revised plan of operations if the commissioner finds that the plan will further the purpose of this chapter as stated in RSA 404-G:1, I, and is otherwise consistent with New Hampshire and federal law.  

II.  The board’s proposal may include a recommendation that the state apply for a waiver under the Act (or any successor to the Act).  If the approved plan includes application for an waiver, the commissioner shall proceed in accordance with RSA 420-N:6-a.  If the waiver is approved by the federal government, the board shall prepare a revised plan of operations consistent with the terms of the waiver, and shall implement it upon approval by the commissioner.

221:5  Federal Health Care Reform 2010; Purpose and Scope.  Amend RSA 420-N:1 to read as follows:

420-N:1  Purpose and Scope.  The intent of this chapter is to preserve the state's status as the primary regulator of the business of insurance within New Hampshire and the constitutional integrity and sovereignty of the state of New Hampshire under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and part I, article 7 of the New Hampshire constitution and to create a legislative oversight committee to supervise the insurance commissioner's administration of the insurance reforms required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, Public Law 111-148, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, including any successor legislation and any federal regulations, interpretations, standards, or guidance issued thereunder (hereinafter "the Act'').

221:6  Federal Health Care Reform 2010; Definition of Act.  Amend RSA 420-N:2, I to read as follows:

I.  "Act'' means the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, Public Law 111-148, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, including any successor legislation and any federal regulations, interpretations, standards, or guidance issued thereunder.

221:7  New Section; Federal Health Care Reform 2010; Waiver.  Amend RSA 420-N by inserting after section 6 the following new section:

420-N:6-a  Waiver.  With the approval of the governor and the joint health care reform oversight committee, and after issuing public notice, conducting a hearing, and receiving public comment, the commissioner is authorized to submit an application on behalf of the state to the United States Secretary of the Treasury, and if required, to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, to waive certain provisions of the Act, as provided in section 1332 of the Act, or any other applicable waiver provision.  The commissioner is authorized to implement any federally approved waiver, including but not limited to overseeing the implementation of a revised plan of operations under RSA 404-G:12.

221:8  Individual Health Insurance Market; Contingency; 2020 Version.  RSA 404-G:12 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

404-G:12  Contingency.

I.  Notwithstanding RSA 404-G:11, if the commissioner determines that high risk pool enrollees will not have access to guaranteed issue coverage in the commercial marketplace, the commissioner may order the association to continue to provide coverage under the high risk pool authorized pursuant to RSA 404-G:5-b. Any such order by the commissioner shall be issued after consultation with the oversight committee on health and human services, established under RSA 126-A:13.

II.  An order issued under paragraph I shall remain in effect until the earlier of the following:

(a)  The date on which the commissioner determines that high risk pool enrollees have access to guaranteed issue coverage; or

(b)  The effective date of any order executed by the commissioner pursuant to RSA 404-C addressing the availability of health insurance.

221:9  Federal Health Care Reform 2010; Purpose and Scope; Reference Deleted; 2020 Version.  Amend RSA 420-N:1 to read as follows:

420-N:1  Purpose and Scope.  The intent of this chapter is to preserve the state's status as the primary regulator of the business of insurance within New Hampshire and the constitutional integrity and sovereignty of the state of New Hampshire under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and part I, article 7 of the New Hampshire constitution and to create a legislative oversight committee to supervise the insurance commissioner's administration of the insurance reforms required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, Public Law 111-148, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, including any [successor legislation and any] federal regulations, interpretations, standards, or guidance issued thereunder (hereinafter "the Act'').

221:10  Federal Health Care Reform 2010; Definition of Act; Reference Deleted; 2020 Version.  Amend RSA 420-N:2, I to read as follows:

I.  "Act'' means the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, Public Law 111-148, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, including any [successor legislation and any] federal regulations, interpretations, standards, or guidance issued thereunder.

221:11  Repeal; 2020.  RSA 420-N:6-a, relative to waivers under Federal Health Care Reform 2010,

is repealed.

221:12  Effective Date.

I.  Section 1 of this act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

II.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2018.

III.  Sections 8-11 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2020.

IV.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

Approved: July 10, 2017

Effective Date:

I. Section 1 effective September 8, 2017

II. Section 2 effective January 1, 2018

III. Sections 8-11 effective July 1, 2020

IV. Remainder effective July 10, 2017

Links

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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 31, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 7, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote
Feb. 28, 2017 House Hearing
March 1, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote
April 6, 2017 Senate Hearing
May 18, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
May 23, 2017 Senate Hearing
May 23, 2017 Senate Hearing
May 31, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB469 Revision: 333 Date: July 11, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
HB469 Revision: 334 Date: June 8, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
HB469 Revision: 335 Date: June 2, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
HB469 Revision: 336 Date: Jan. 27, 2017, 9:07 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 3 P. 14
Jan. 31, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/31/2017 10:00 AM LOB 205
Feb. 7, 2017 Executive Session: 02/07/2017 LOB 205
Feb. 15, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/15/2017 (Vote 13-7; RC) HC 11 P. 20
Feb. 15, 2017 Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 41
Feb. 15, 2017 Referred to Executive Departments and Administration 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 41
Feb. 28, 2017 Public Hearing: 02/28/2017 01:00 PM LOB 306
March 1, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 03/01/2017 09:00 AM LOB 306
March 1, 2017 Executive Session: 03/01/2017 01:00 PM LOB 306
March 8, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/08/2017 (Vote 14-3; RC)
March 8, 2017 Ought to Pass: MA VV 03/08/2017 HJ 9 P. 111
March 9, 2017 Introduced 03/09/2017 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 9
April 6, 2017 Hearing: 04/06/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:30 pm; SC 17
May 18, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-1705s, 05/18/2017; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 23
May 18, 2017 Sen. Bradley Moved to Remove HB 469 from the Consent Calendar; 05/18/2017; SJ 17
May 18, 2017 Sen. Bradley Moved to Rerefer, MA, VV; 05/18/2017; SJ 17
May 23, 2017 Hearing: 05/23/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:00 pm, on proposed amendment # 2017-1868s; SC 24
May 23, 2017 Hearing: 05/23/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:00 pm, on proposed amendment # 2017-1872s; SC 24
May 31, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-2004s, 05/31/2017; SC 25
May 31, 2017 Committee Amendment # 2017-2004s, RC 22Y-1N, AA; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
May 31, 2017 Sen. Feltes Floor Amendment # 2017-2150s, RC 9Y-14N, AF; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
May 31, 2017 Sen. Feltes Floor Amendment # 2017-2149s, RC 9Y-14N, AF; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
May 31, 2017 Sen. Feltes Floor Amendment # 2017-2148s, RC 9Y-14N, AF; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
May 31, 2017 Sen. Feltes Floor Amendment # 2017-2152s, RC 9Y-14N, AF; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
May 31, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-2004s, RC 19Y-4N, MA; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
May 31, 2017 Sen. Bradley Moved Reconsideration on Ought to Pass with Amendment, MA, VV; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
May 31, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-2004s, RC 20Y-3N, MA; OT3rdg; 05/31/2017; SJ 18
June 8, 2017 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 2004s (Rep. Kotowski): MA VV 06/08/2017 HJ 18 P. 5
June 22, 2017 Enrolled 06/22/2017 HJ 19 P. 23
June 22, 2017 Enrolled (In recess 06/22/2017); SJ 20
July 10, 2017 Signed by Governor Sununu 07/10/2017; Chapter 221; I. Sec. 1 eff. 9/8/2017 ; II. Sec. 2 eff. 1/1/2018 ; III. Sec. 8-11 eff. 7/1/2020 ; IV. Rem. eff. 7/10/2017