2016 JCHC Legislation


HB 900 - Stolle - Licensure and practice of associate physicians. Licensure and practice of associate physicians. Authorizes the Board of Medicine to issue a two-year license to practice as an associate physician to an applicant who is 18 years of age or older, is of good moral character, has successfully completed a course of study approved by the Board, has successfully completed Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination, and has not completed a medical internship or residency program. The bill requires all associate physicians to practice in accordance with a practice agreement entered into between the associate physician and a physician licensed by the Board and provides for prescriptive authority of associate physicians in accordance with regulations of the Board.
Continued to 2017 in Senate Education and Health
SB 432 - Barker - Admission minors 14 years or older for inpatient mental health treatment; nonconsenting parent. Admission of minors 14 years of age or older for inpatient mental health treatment; nonconsenting parents. Provides a process by which a minor 14 years of age or older may be admitted for inpatient treatment at a mental health facility without the consent of his parents. The bill allows the minor to obtain a preadmission screening report from the local community services board. If after the minor's parents have been given the opportunity to read and discuss the report with the preparer of the report, the parents still object to admission, the minor may be admitted to a willing mental health facility based on the findings in the report. The bill requires judicial review of the admission, and the nonconsenting parent shall be given the opportunity to be heard. The bill further provides that a minor 14 years of age or older shall be deemed an adult for the purposes of consenting to inpatient mental health treatment.
Passed by Indefinitely in Senate Education and Health
HJ 191 - O'Bannon - Commending Kim Snead. 
Budget Amendment 306#19c - This amendment provides $1.3 million from the general fund and an equivalent amount of federal matching funds the second year to increase the number of medical residency slots funded through Medicaid. The average residency slot is estimated at $100,000 a year and this funding would create 25 the second year. Half of the slots would be dedicated to primary care and the remainder for high-need specialties. Preference will be given to residency programs in community and rural areas that are underserved.