2019 JCHC Legislation

HB 1917 Amended – Delegate Stolle

SB 1273 Amended – Senator Lucas

Department of Corrections; health care continuous quality improvement committee. 

Requires the Director of the Department of Corrections to establish a health care continuous quality improvement committee, consisting of the Director and specified health care professionals employed by the Department. The bill requires the committee to (i) identify appropriate criteria for evaluation of the quality of health care services provided by the Department, (ii) monitor and evaluate the quality of health care services provided by the Department utilizing the criteria identified, and (iii) develop strategies to improve the quality of health care services provided by the Department. The bill also requires the committee to publish quarterly continuous quality improvement reports setting forth such data and information as the committee deems appropriate on a website maintained by the Department. As introduced, this bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.

Enacted -Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0463 and CHAP0320) respectively

 

HB 1918 -  Delegate Stolle

SB1598 – Senator Dunnavant

Board of Corrections; minimum standards for health care services in local correctional facilities

Authorizes the Board of Corrections (Board) to establish minimum standards for health care services in local, regional, and community correctional facilities and procedures for enforcing such minimum standards, with the advice of and guidance from the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and State Health Commissioner. The bill provides that (i) such standards shall require that each local, regional, and community correctional facility submit a standardized quarterly continuous improvement report documenting the delivery of health care services, along with any improvements made to those services, to the Board and (ii) such reports shall be available to the public on the Board's website. The bill also authorizes the Board to determine that a local, regional, or community correctional facility accredited by the American Correctional Association or National Commission on Correctional Health Care meets such minimum standards solely on the basis of such accreditation; however, without exception, the requirement to submit standardized quarterly continuous quality improvement reports shall be a mandatory minimum standard. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care. 

Enacted -Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0695 and CHAP0696) respectively

 

HB 1815 Amended – Delegate Hope

Assisted living facilities; emergency electrical power source; disclosure to prospective residents. 

Directs the State Board of Social Services to adopt regulations that require assisted living facilities to disclose to each prospective resident, or his legal representative, in writing in a document provided to the prospective resident or his legal representative and as evidenced by the written acknowledgement of the resident or his legal representative, whether the facility has an on-site emergency electrical power source for the provision of electricity during an interruption of the normal electric power supply and, if the assisted living facility does have an on-site emergency electrical power source, (i) the items for which such on-site emergency electrical power source will supply power in the event of an interruption of the normal electric power supply and (ii) whether staff of the assisted living facility have been trained to maintain and operate such on-site emergency electrical power source to ensure the provision of electricity during an interruption of the normal electrical power supply. The bill also provides that an on-site emergency electrical power source shall include both permanent on-site emergency electrical power sources and portable on-site emergency electrical power sources, provided such portable on-site emergency electrical power source remains on the premises of the assisted living facility at all times.

Enacted -Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0602)

 

HB 1743 – Delegate Bulova

SB1405 – Senator Dance

Pharmacist; counseling for new prescriptions; disposal of medicine. 

Allows a pharmacist to include information regarding the proper disposal of medicine when giving counsel to a person who presents a new prescription for filling.

Enacted -Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0135 & CHAP0096) respectively

 

Budget Amendment

Item 299

Board of Pharmacy; enhance awareness of drug disposal methods (language only)

The Board of Pharmacy shall report to the Joint Commission on Health Care by October 1, 2019, on state and local efforts to promote proper drug disposal methods, including existing community-based collection and disposal efforts.