Bill Details - SB120 (2019)

SB 120 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

03/27/2019   1170s

03/27/2019   1304s

2May2019... 1528h

2019 SESSION

19-0885

01/10

 

SENATE BILL 120

 

AN ACT relative to the controlled drug prescription health and safety program.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill makes changes to the controlled drug prescription health and safety program, including:

 

I.  Transferring the program from the board of pharmacy to the office of professional licensure.

 

II.  Authorizing the program to share certain information with other state departments.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/27/2019   1170s

03/27/2019   1304s

2May2019... 1528h 19-0885

01/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to the controlled drug prescription health and safety program.

 

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

 

1  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Definitions.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 318-B:31, IV to read as follows:

IV.  "Dispenser" means a person or entity who is lawfully authorized to deliver a schedule II-IV controlled substance, but does not include:

2  New Paragraph; Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Definitions.  Amend RSA 318-B:31 by inserting after paragraph IV the following new paragraphs:

IV-a.  "Executive director" means the executive director of the office of professional licensure and certification.

IV-b.  "Office” means office of professional licensure and certification, established in RSA 310-A.

3  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program Established.  RSA 318-B:32 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

318-B:32  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program Established.

I.  The  office shall design, establish, and contract with a third party for the implementation and operation of an electronic system to facilitate the confidential sharing of information relating to the prescribing and dispensing of schedule II-IV controlled substances, by prescribers and dispensers within the state.

II.  The office may establish fees for the establishment, administration, operations and maintenance of the program.  The program may also be supported through grants and gifts.  The fee charged to individuals requesting their own prescription information shall not exceed the actual cost of providing that information.

III.  Prescription information relating to any individual shall be deleted 3 years after the initial prescription was dispensed.  All de-identified data may be kept for statistical and analytical purposes for perpetuity.

IV.  The executive director shall establish an advisory council, as provided in RSA 318-B:38.  

4  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program Operation.  Amend RSA 318-B:33, I to read as follows:

I.  The [board] office shall develop a system of registration for all prescribers and dispensers of schedule II-IV controlled substances within the state.  The system of registration shall be established by rules adopted by the [board] office, pursuant to RSA 541-A.

5  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Confidentiality.  Amend RSA 318-B:34, II and III to read as follows:

II.  The [board] office shall establish and maintain procedures to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of patients and patient information.

III.  The [board] office may use and release information and reports from the program for program analysis and evaluation, statistical analysis, public research, public policy, and educational purposes, provided that the data are aggregated or otherwise de-identified.

6  New Subparagraph; Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Providing Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Information.  Amend RSA 318-B:35, I(b) by inserting after subparagraph (4) the following new subparagraph:

(5)  A practitioner or consultant retained by the office to review the system information of an impaired practitioner program participant or a referral who has agreed to be evaluated or monitored through the program and who has separately agreed in writing to the consultant’s access to and review of such information.

7  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Information.  Amend RSA 318-B:35, I(b)(3) to read as follows:

(3)  Authorized law enforcement officials on a case-by-case basis for the purpose of investigation and prosecution of a criminal offense when presented with a court order based on probable cause.  No law enforcement agency or official shall have direct access to [the] query program information.  

8  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Providing Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Information.  Amend RSA 318-B:35, II to read as follows:

II.  The program shall notify the appropriate regulatory board listed in subparagraph I(b)(2) and the prescriber or dispenser at such regular intervals as may be established by the [board] office if there is reasonable cause to believe a violation of law or breach of professional standards may have occurred.  The program shall provide prescription information required or necessary for an investigation.

9  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Unlawful Act and Penalties.  Amend RSA 318-B:36, I and II to read as follows:

I.  Any [person] dispenser or prescriber who fails to submit the information required in RSA 318-B:33 or knowingly submits incorrect information shall be subject to a warning letter and provided with an opportunity to correct the failure.  Any [person] dispenser or prescriber who subsequently fails to correct or fails to resubmit the information may be subject to discipline by the [board] appropriate regulatory board.

II.  Any [person] dispenser or prescriber whose failure to report the dispensing of a schedule II-IV controlled substance that conceals a pattern of diversion of controlled substances into illegal use shall be guilty of a violation and subject to the penalties established under RSA 318-B:26 and the [board's] office's and appropriate regulatory board's rules as applicable.  In addition, such [person] dispenser or prescriber may be subject to appropriate criminal charges if the failure to report is determined to have been done knowingly to conceal criminal activity.

10  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Rulemaking.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 318-B:37 to read as follows:

318-B:37  Rulemaking.  [By June 30, 2013, the board] The office shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, necessary to implement and maintain the program including:

11  Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Advisory Council.  RSA 318-B:38 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

318-B:38  Advisory Council Established.  

I.  There is hereby established an advisory council to carry out the duties under this subdivision.  Members of the council shall not be compensated for serving on the council, or serve on the council for more than 5 consecutive years except for the attorney general, or designee, or the commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.  The members of the council shall be as follows:

(a)  A member of the board of medicine, appointed by such board.

(b)  A member of the pharmacy board, appointed by such board.

(c)  A member of the board of dental examiners, appointed by such board.

d)  A member of the New Hampshire board of nursing, appointed by such board.

(e)  A member of the board of veterinary medicine, appointed by such board.

(f)  A physician appointed by the New Hampshire Medical Society.  

(g)  A dentist appointed by the New Hampshire Dental Society.

(h)  A chief of police appointed by the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.

(i)  A community pharmacist appointed jointly by the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association, the New Hampshire Independent Pharmacy Association, and the New Hampshire Association of Chain Drug Stores.

(j)  Two public members appointed by the governor's commission on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery, one of whom may be a member of the commission.

(k)  A hospital administrator appointed by the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

(l) A nurse practitioner appointed by the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association.

(m)  The attorney general, or designee.

(n)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

(o)  A member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(p)  Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

II.  The council shall:

(a)  Make recommendations to the office relating to the design, implementation and maintenance of the program, including recommendations relating to:

(1)  Rules.

(2)  Legislation.

(3)  Sources of funding, including grant funds and other sources of federal, private, or state funds;

(b)  Review the program's annual report and make recommendations to the office regarding the operation of the program.

(c)  Provide ongoing advice and consultation on the implementation and operation of the program, including recommendations relating to:

(1)  Changes in the program to reflect advances in technology and best practices.

(2)  Changes to statutory requirements.

(3)  The design and implementation of an ongoing evaluation component of the program.

(d)  Advise the executive director regarding the implementation of this subdivision.

(e)  Adopt rules necessary for the operation of the council.

(f)  Develop a mission statement for the program and strategic goals for its implementation, develop metrics to measure the program's efficient operation, review the performance of the program against the metrics, and make recommendations to the program and ensure they are incorporated.

III.  The council shall meet at least quarterly to effectuate its goals.  A chairperson shall be elected by the members.  A majority of the members of the council constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.  Action by the council shall require the approval of a majority of the members of the council.

IV.  The council shall make a report, at least annually, commencing on November 1, 2019, to the senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, the oversight committee on health and human services, established in RSA 126-A:13, and the licensing boards of all professions required to use the program relative to the effectiveness of the program.

12 Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program.  Amend 2012, 196:3, I to read as follows:

I.  In the event that there is not adequate funding for the controlled drug prescription health and safety program established in section 2 of this act, the [pharmacy board] office may curtail, temporarily suspend, or cancel the program.

13  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 318-B:31, I, relative to the definition of "board."

II.  2012, 196:3, III, relative to a reporting requirement.

14  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 4
March 12, 2019 Hearing: 03/12/2019, Room 101, LOB, 02:45 pm; SC 13
March 28, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1170s, 03/28/2019; SC 15
March 27, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1170s, 03/27/2019; SC 15
March 27, 2019 Special Order to the beginning of the regular calendar, Without Objection, MA; 03/27/2019; SJ 10
March 27, 2019 Committee Amendment # 2019-1170s, AA, VV; 03/27/2019; SJ 10
March 27, 2019 Sen. Sherman Floor Amendment # 2019-1304s, AA, VV; 03/27/2019; SJ 10
March 27, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendments 2019-1170s and 2019-1304s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/27/2019; SJ 10
March 20, 2019 Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 11 P. 73
April 10, 2019 Public Hearing: 04/10/2019 01:30 pm LOB 205
April 16, 2019 Division II Subcommittee Work Session: 04/16/2019 10:00 am LOB 205
April 17, 2019 Division II Subcommittee Work Session: 04/17/2019 01:00 pm LOB 205
April 18, 2019 Executive Session: 04/18/2019 10:00 am LOB 205
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1528h (Vote 19-0; CC)
May 2, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1528h for 05/02/2019 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 22 P. 5
May 2, 2019 Amendment # 2019-1528h: AA VV 05/02/2019
May 2, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1528h: MA VV 05/02/2019
May 2, 2019 Referred to Executive Departments and Administration 05/02/2019
May 14, 2019 Public Hearing: 05/14/2019 10:30 am LOB 306
May 28, 2019 Executive Session: 05/28/2019 10:30 am LOB 306

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 12, 2019 Senate Hearing
March 28, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
March 27, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
March 27, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
April 10, 2019 House Hearing
April 18, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
May 2, 2019 House Floor Vote
May 14, 2019 House Hearing
May 28, 2019 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

SB120 Revision: 5082 Date: Jan. 18, 2019, 2:49 p.m.
SB120 Revision: 5680 Date: March 27, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
SB120 Revision: 5842 Date: May 3, 2019, 2:02 p.m.