In this issue:
· UPDATE: IDPH’s 2015 policy package
· IDPH Presentations last week
· Highlights for this week: IPHA Day on the Hill, Scheduled subcommittees
The Second and Third Weeks
Here are some highlights from the second and third week of the 86th General Assembly:
SSB 1019 Board of Medicine (BOM) Interstate Licensure Compact. A subcommittee of Senators Amanda Ragan, Pam Jochum, and Mark Costello met on Tuesday, January 20. The bill passed out of the subcommittee and may now be taken up by the full Senate Human Resources Committee.
SSB 1001 Dementia Task Force. A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Chaz Allen, and David Johnson met on Wednesday, January 21. The bill passed out of the subcommittee and may now be taken up by the full Senate Human Resources Committee. The subcommittee members indicated that amendments will be drafted to address the timeframe of the deliverables and the scope of the directives.
HF 23 Vital Records Search Fees. A subcommittee of Representatives Megan Jones, Mary Gaskill, and Jake Highfill met on Wednesday, January 21and Monday, January 26. The bill passed out of subcommittee and may now be taken up by the full House Local Government Committee. The subcommittee members indicated that amendments will be drafted.
SF 40 Underage Tanning Restrictions. A subcommittee of Senators Bill Dotzler, Amanda Ragan, David Johnson met on Tuesday, January 27th. The bill passed out of the subcommittee and may now be taken up by the full Senate Human Resources Committee. The subcommittee members indicated that amendments will be drafted to address medical exemptions.
HSB 75 Licensure of Polysomnographic Technicians (aka Sleep Techs). A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Vicky Lensing, and Rob Bacon met on Wednesday, January 28. It was not clear as to whether or not the subcommittee passed the bill out at this time.
HF 50 Child Sexual Abuse Training. A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Ako Abdul-Samad, and Kevin Koester met on Wednesday, January 28. The bill passed out of the subcommittee and may now be taken up by the full House Education Committee.
SSB 1068 Fantasy Sports Gaming. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Matt McCoy, and Rick Bertrand met on Thursday, January 29. The bill passed out of the subcommittee and may now be taken up by the full Senate State Government Committee.
HSB 47 Fantasy Sports Gaming. A subcommittee of Representatives Jake Highfill, John Wills, and Dennis Cohoon met on Thursday, January 29. The Chair of the subcommittee, Representative Highfill, indicated he would schedule a second subcommittee for next week.
IDPH Legislative Package
IDPH has three bills for the 2015 session:
· Omnibus Bill: The IDPH Omnibus bill will consist of two main parts. The first is a request made by the Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers to change their professional name to “hearing aid specialists.” The bill makes this technical change where applicable in code. The second part proposes changes to IDPH’s Medical Residency Training Grants program in an effort to make the program more attractive to potential bidders, especially those who may wish to establish new residency programs. UPDATE: This legislation has been introduced in both chambers (HSB 83/SSB 1096) and has been referred to the respective Human Resources Committees. In the House, a subcommittee of Representatives Greg Forristall, John Mills, and Marti Anderson met on Wednesday, January 29 to discuss HSB 83. The bill passed out of subcommittee and may now be taken up by the full Human Resources Committee. In the Senate, a subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Liz Mathis, and Mark Segebart have scheduled a subcommittee meeting for Monday, February 2 at 3:00 in the Senate Lobby Lounge to discuss SSB 1096.
· Local Public Health Flexibility Bill: This bill will also consist of two parts. The first proposes changes to the process for merging local boards of health into district boards of health. A few years ago, two counties attempted a voluntary merger however there were several reasons that it was not accomplished. Some difficulties related to inflexible code requirements. The department is proposing to remove some of those requirements to enable counties consideration of this section of code as a practical option in organizing themselves. The second part of the bill makes significant changes to the Iowa Public Health Modernization Act that was established in 2009. It strikes language requiring a voluntary accreditation process at the state level, making way a more clear path to accreditation from the national Public Health Accreditation Board, removes references to the Iowa Public Health Standards, and merges the two councils that were established in 2009 under the Act. The newly merged council will continue to assist the department in evaluating the public health system in Iowa as a whole and make recommendations to the department and the state board of health.
UPDATE: This legislation has been introduced in both chambers (HSB 84/SSB 1039) and has been referred to the respective Human Resources Committees. In the House, a subcommittee of Representatives Rob Taylor, Ken Rizer, and Charlie McConkey have scheduled a subcommittee for Thursday, February 5 at 7:45 am to discuss HSB 84. In the Senate, a subcommittee of Senators Chaz Allen, Mary Jo Wilhelm, and Mark Segebart have been assigned to the bill however, as of this writing a subcommittee has not been scheduled.
· Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) Transition.The third bill in the IDPH legislative package pertains to the IHIN that is administered by the IDPH Office of e-Health. The primary goal of the legislation is for IDPH to receive authorization to conduct a request for proposals (RFP) process to begin to transition the IHIN from a state government-led model of governance to a not-for-profit model of governance. In 2012, the legislature included a directive in Iowa Code Section 135.156Ffor the department to review various governance options for the IHIN and make recommendations. A not-for-profit model of governance continues the spirit of collaboration for an essential public good amongst the IHIN’s stakeholders while putting it in the position to respond to its customers’ needs with more urgency than what a state government-led model can provide.
The second goal for the bill is to resurrect the legislation that died last session to expand eligibility for the record locator service (aka query function) that the IHIN provides. The service is used to query participants (any entity that has signed a participation agreement with the Office of e-Health) in the IHIN for a patient’s health information. This service is useful for entities involved in care coordination efforts, especially insurance providers.
UPDATE: This legislation has been introduced in both chambers (HSB 100/SSB 1102) and have been referred to the respective Human Resources Committees. In the House, a subcommittee of Representatives Greg Forristall, Ken Rizer, and Timi Brown-Powers have been assigned to HSB 100. As of this writing a subcommittee meeting has not been scheduled. In the Senate, a subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Amanda Ragan, and David Johnson have been assigned. A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 5 at 8:30am to discuss SSB 1102.
· The Health and Human Services Joint Appropriations Subcommittee invited IDPH Director Gerd Clabaugh to present on the department’s budget priorities on January 28. To view his PowerPoint please click here.
· The Senate Human Resources Committee invited Dr. Bob Russell, IDPH’s Dental Director and Chief of the Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Services to discuss the workforce-related programs administered by the bureau’s Health Workforce Center on January 28. To view the handout used in the presentation please see the attachments to this publication.
Highlights for Next Week
· Public Health Day on the Hill is schedule for Tuesday, February 3 in room 116 from 11:30 to 1:00. For more information please click here
· Subcommittees have been scheduled for the following bills. For more information please refer to the Senatelist of scheduled subcommittees and the Houselist of scheduled subcommittees.
o HSB 81Underage Tanning Restrictions
o SF 80Mammography Notifications (aka Dense Breast Tissue Notifications)
Other InformationAgency Reports. To review any report filed with the General Assembly by executive branch agencies, including IDPH, please click here.
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