The 2022 Regular Legislative Session ended on Monday!Bills marked with a star are considered wins for organized medicine; some were outright wins while others were administrative or by default. However, they all count equally and were worked hard.
* SB 175 by Regina Barrow – Authorizes the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to exempt Advanced Practice Registered Nurses from a Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) after 1,000 hours of practice in a CPA. This bill was not heard and never moved in committee.
* SB 296 by Regina Barrow – Authorizes “pharmacist clinical services” within the medical assistance program to achieve outcomes related to the cure, prevention, or management of a disease or medical condition. Approved by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on April 27th. It was dual referred to the Finance Committee because of the projected $31M price tag to implement. The fiscal note caused this bill to become stalled in the Finance Committee and never heard.
* SB 329 by Fred Mills – Allows pharmacists to order diagnostic tests, interpret results, write prescriptions, and fill medications for certain health conditions. This bill was heard on two occasions in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, where it was ultimately voluntarily deferred by the author and was not be brought back this session.
* SB 112 by Robert Mills – LSMS requested legislation. Reduces the administrative burden relative to prior authorizations and provides for a guarantee of payment. SB 112 in its original form was DOA, as such it was amended in committee related to fixing prior authorization issues. This bill will require health insurance issuer authorized to do business in this state to implement and maintain a program that allows for the selective application of reducing prior authorization requirements that are based on the stratification of healthcare providers' performance and adherence to evidence-based medicine.This bill passed both houses and has been sent to the Governor.
SB 385 by Jay Morris – LSMS requested legislation. As drafted restricts noncompete agreements for primary care physicians in excess of one year and two parishes. Amendments were submitted and intended to be offered. This bill was never heard in committee.
* SB 346 by Jimmy Harris – Attempts to place the burden on the provider to prove that the public health emergency was a substantial contributing factor causing damage and removes the gross negligence standard from the purview of the medical review panel. SB 346 was heard on April 26th in the Senate Judiciary A Committee, where it was voluntarily deferred by the author.
HB424 by Chris Turner - Provides relative to administration of immunizations and vaccines by pharmacists and other licensees of the La. Board of Pharmacy. HB 424 was heard in committee on April 13th and passed with amendments to allow pharmacists to administer all vaccines to anyone aged 7 and above. Additionally, the bill was voted upon by the full House and failed to receive the required 53 votes needed for passage.
HB 600 by Rep. Larry Frieman: Provides for release of opt-out information to the public when state law requires a vaccination or immunization. This bill was not considered by the Senate.
HB 47 by Rep. Edmonston: Requires that any communication issued to students or parents about immunization requirements include exemption information. This bill was not considered by the Senate.
HCR 1 by Rep. Barry Ivey: Suspends provisions of law authorizing the exclusion of unimmunized persons from in-person attendance at schools and day care centers under certain circumstances. This bill was considered in the Senate on 6.3.22 for final passage and returned to calendar & not considered again.
HB 54 by Reps. Bagley & Frieman: Creates the crime of discrimination based on vaccination status Passed out of Senate Judiciary C with amendment to make penalties civil instead of criminal. This bill passed by the Senate and the House rejected the Senate amendments. The Conference Committee report was accepted in both chambers. Sent to the Governor 6.7.22.
SB 141 by Sen. Jay Morris: Prohibits insurance companies from requiring a person or business to have a certain vaccination status or requiring information from an applicant or policyholder regarding vaccination status. This bill was enrolled 6.6.22.
SR 178 by Sen. Sharon Hewitt: Acknowledges the right of parents to decide whether to vaccinate a child for COVID-19 and the role of the state in providing information to allow parents to make an informed decision. This bill was enrolled 6.3.22.
HR 233 by Rep. Raymon Crews: Urges and requests the Louisiana Department of Health to promote awareness of compensation programs for COVID-19 vaccine injuries. This bill was enrolled 6.6.22.
Once passed by both chambers, the legislature has 3 days to submit House & Senate bills to the Governor. The Governor then has 12 days to sign or veto the legislation received from the legislature.