Legislative Updates

March 14, 2016 - updated March 21

The 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly has concluded. Following is a summary of legislation of interest to organized dentistry:
 
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Senate Bills
 
SB 28 Medical Malpractice. The concept of malpractice reform was dead in the first half of the legislative session. However the Indiana Hospital and Health Association and ITLA to resurrected the concept. The IDA was able to defeat the language that would have increased the $15,000 threshold to $75,000 for skipping the Medical Review Panel and convinced the bill author to maintain the current statutory limit of $15,000. The cap for the patient compensation  fund will rise to 1.65 million dollars in July of 2017 and will rise to 1.80 million dollars in July of 2019.  
 
Status Presented to the Governor 3/17/16
 
SB 364 Medicaid Integrity Audits Workgroup. This bill originally called for changes in Medicaid audit procedures and was based on legislation passed in Nebraska. We also pursued a House companion bill  HB 1226 In the Senate House and Provider Services Committee, SB 364 passed and requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to establish a work group to discuss the policies and procedures used in Medicaid provider audits. Requires the office to submit the work group's findings and any statutory recommendations to legislative council before December 1, 2016.
 
Status Presented to the Governor 3/14/16

 
SR 7 Calls for Interim Study Committee on Loan Programs for Underserved areas. This resolution calls for an interim study committee to be created to look at programs to attract dentists and physicians to practice in underserved areas of the state. 
Approved by  General Assembly
 
House Bills
 
HB 1156 Prescriptive Supervision. This bill currently increases from 45 days to 90 days the amount of time a written order for specific dental care is valid under prescriptive  supervision.  Increases from 14 hours to 19 hours the continuing education that a dental hygienist must receive during a license period; and urges the legislative council to assign the topic of loan forgiveness for dentists and dental hygienists who treat Medicaid patients to an interim committee. At the request of the IDHA, the language that would have allowed hygienists to administer nitrous oxide was removed.  In conference committee, language was added that permits consultation  among the dental team in situation where a dental, hygienist or a patient may be harmed.
 
Status Presented to the Governor 3/16/16
 
HB 1278 INSPECT program.  The IDA was able to convince the bill author to remove all language requiring mandatory inspect usage and will continue to allow prescribers to use this valuable tool provided by the Professional  Licensing Agency as they see fit. The PLA is currently issuing INSPSECT accounts to al prescribers upon renewal for their controlled substances registration.
 
Status Presented to the Governor 3/14/16[1]


[1] A comprehensive report will be compiled and distributed after all enacted legislation is presented to the Governor.


 

February 23, 2016


Senate Bill 364 passed the House by a 94-­‐0 margin.
House Bill 1278 passed third reading.
House Bill 1156 is expected to be on the calendar for second reading.
 

Senate Bills

 
SB 152  Medical Malpractice. This bill is dead in the Senate. However the Indiana Hospital and Health Association will try to resurrect the concept. The IDA was able to defeat the language that would have increased the $15,000 threshold for skipping the Medical Review Panel and convinced the bill author to remove the threshold completely meaning all complaints would go to a panel. Senator Steele withdrew the bill due to a lack of consensus among the parties.
There are rumors that the bill will be resurrected in the House. IDA is monitoring.
 
SB 364 Medicaid Integrity Audits Workgroup. This bill originally called for changes in Medicaid audit procedures and was based on legislation passed in Nebraska. We also pursued a House companion bill HB 1226 In the Senate House and Provider Services Committee,  SB 364 was amended to require the office of Medicaid policy and planning to establish a work group to discuss the policies and procedures used in Medicaid provider audits. Requires the office to submit the work group's findings and any statutory recommendations to legislative council before December 1, 2016.
This bill is being sponsored by Rep Ron Bacon and has passed the House Public Health
committee and is on second reading.
 
SR 7 Calls for Interim Study Committee on Loan Programs for Underserved areas. This resolution calls for an interim study committee to be created to look at programs to attract dentists and physicians to practice in underserved areas of the state.   
This resolution has been adopted.
 

House Bills

 
HB 1156 Prescriptive Supervision. This bill currently increases from 45 days to 90 days the amount
of time a written order for specific dental care is valid under prescriptive supervision. Increases from 14 hours to 19 hours the continuing education that a dental hygienist must receive during a license period; and urges the legislative council to assign the topic of loan forgiveness for dentists and dental hygienists who treat Medicaid patients to an interim committee. At the request of the IDHA, the language that would have allowed hygienists to administer nitrous oxide was removed.  
The bill is being sponsored by Senator Jean Leising and passed the Commerce Committee as iawaiting second reading.
 
HB 1278 INSPECT program.  The IDA was able to convince the bill author to remove all language requiring mandatory inspect usage and will continue to allow prescribers to use this valuable tool provided by the Professional Licensing Agency as they see fit. The PLA is currently issuing INSPSECT accounts to all prescribers upon renewal for their controlled substances registration.
This bill passed the Senate Health committee and is sponsored by Senators Grooms and Millehas passed third reading.
 
If you have any specific questions please email ed@indental.org  
 
 

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