Legislative Summary

LPOC

As of Friday, January 05, 2018

Bill Author Topic/Summary Location
AB 148 Mathis R California Physician Corps Program: practice setting.   Current law establishes the Medically Underserved Account for Physicians, a continuously appropriated account, within the Health Professions Education Fund, to primarily provide funding for the ongoing operations of the program. Current law requires the Health Professions Education Foundation and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to develop guidelines using specified criteria for selection and placement of applicants. Current law defines “practice setting,” for these purposes. This bill would require, for purposes of this definition, only until January 1, 2020, and only for program participants who enroll in the program on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2020, that the clinic or the physician owned and operated medical practice setting have at least 30% of patients, if the area is a rural area, as defined, or at least 50% of patients, if the area is not a rural area, who are from the above-described populations. 8/21/2017  Senate Appropriations Suspense File
AB 156 Wood D Individual market: enrollment periods.   Would require, with respect to individual health benefit plans offered outside of the Exchange, that the annual open enrollment period for policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, extend from October 15 of the preceding calendar year, to January 15 of the benefit year, inclusive. The bill would instead require, with respect to individual health benefit plans offered through the Exchange, that the annual open enrollment period for policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, extend from November 1 to December 15 of the preceding calendar year, inclusive. 10/4/2017  Assembly Chaptered
AB 207 Arambula D California State University: doctor of medicine degrees.   Would authorize California State University, Fresno, to award the doctor of medicine degree. This bill would require the degree to be distinguished from doctor of medicine degree programs at the University of California. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 4/28/2017  Assembly 2 year
AB 659 Ridley-Thomas D Medi-Cal: reimbursement rates.   The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed by, and funded pursuant to, federal Medicaid program provisions. Current law restricts the Medi-Cal reimbursement rate for clinical laboratory or laboratory services, as specified. Current law requires that laboratory service providers submit annual data reports to the department, as specified, for the purpose of establishing rates for clinical or laboratory services based on the lowest amounts other payers are paying providers for similar services. This bill would change the frequency for submitting those reports to every 3 years beginning in 2019, and would require the data in those reports to be based on the previous calendar year. 9/28/2017  Assembly Chaptered
AB 839 Garcia, Eduardo D Medi-Cal: targeted case management.   Would expand the definition of a local governmental agency for purposes of the TCM Program to include a California Native American Indian organization funded by Public Law 93-638 that manages a statewide Medi-Cal administrative activities program. The bill would authorize the department to contract with no more than one local governmental agency that is a California Native American Indian organization funded by Public Law 93-638 that manages a statewide Medi-Cal administrative activities program. The bill would make conforming changes. 9/1/2017  Senate 2 year
AB 893 Garcia, Eduardo D Public health: graduate medical education.   Current law requires the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to work with the Employment Development Department’s Labor Market Information Division, state licensing boards, and state higher education entities to collect data regarding, among other things, the current supply of health care workers, the geographical distribution of health care workers, and the current and forecasted demand for health care workers. This bill would authorize local public health agencies and others to send data to the office regarding the number of graduate medical education slots necessary to meet the current and future physician and surgeon needs of the County of Imperial and similar medically underserved counties, as defined, from local public health or health planning agencies, entities engaged in the provision of health care services in those areas, and professional and educational associations, as specified. 7/21/2017  Senate 2 year
SB 133 Hernandez D Health care coverage: continuity of care.   Current law requires a health care service plan to provide for the completion of covered services by a nonparticipating provider to a newly covered enrollee who, at the time his or her coverage became effective, was receiving services from that provider for one of any specified conditions. Current law requires a health care service plan to provide a disclosure form regarding the benefits, services, and terms of a plan contract and requires the disclosure form to include a description of how an enrollee can request continuity of care under the provisions described above. This bill would require a health care service plan to include notice of the process to obtain continuity of care in its disclosure form and in any evidence of coverage issued after January 1, 2018. 10/4/2017  Senate Chaptered
SB 396 Lara D Employment: gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.   Would require employers with 50 or more employees to include, as a component of specified prescribed training and education for supervisors, training inclusive of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. 10/15/2017  Senate Chaptered
SB 487 Pan D Practice of medicine: hospitals.   The Medical Practice Act provides that the regular practice of medicine in a licensed general or specialized hospital having 5 or more physicians and surgeons on the medical staff without specified provisions governing the operation of the hospital relating to patient medical records and to the organization, membership, and self-governance of the medical staff constitutes unprofessional conduct subject to discipline by the board under the act. This bill would expand those specified provisions to include a provision that the award or maintenance of hospital or clinical privileges, or both, shall not be contingent on participation in a program for maintenance of certification, and, in the case of a public hospital, as defined, a provision that physicians and surgeons providing substantial direct patient care, as defined, may limit hospital committee voting rights on issues affecting patient care to those physicians and surgeons providing substantial direct patient care. 4/28/2017  Senate 2 year
SB 562 Lara D The Healthy California Act.   Current law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. This bill, the Healthy California Act, would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. 7/14/2017  Assembly 2 year
SB 575 Leyva D Patient access to health records.   Current law requires a health care provider to provide any patient, former patient, or the representative of a patient or former patient a copy, at no charge, of the relevant portion of the patient’s health records upon presenting to the health care provider a written request and proof that the health records are needed to support an appeal regarding eligibility for specified public benefit programs. Current law makes a violation of these provisions by certain health care providers an infraction. This bill would make those health care providers provide those patients with a copy of those health records at no charge to support a claim for eligibility for a public benefit program. The bill would specify additional public benefit programs to which these requirements would apply. 10/9/2017  Senate Chaptered
SB 762 Hernandez D Healing arts licensee: license activation fee: waiver.   Current law requires the holder of an inactive license or certificate to, among other things, pay the renewal fee in order to restore his or her license or certificate to an active status. Current law requires the renewal fee to be waived for a physician and surgeon who certifies to the Medical Board of California that license restoration is for the sole purpose of providing voluntary, unpaid service to a public agency, not-for-profit agency, institution, or corporation that provides medical services to indigent patients in medically underserved or critical-need population areas of the state. This bill would require the renewal fee to be waived for any healing arts licensee who certifies to his or her respective board that license restoration is for the sole purpose of providing voluntary, unpaid service to a public agency, not-for-profit agency, institution, or corporation that provides medical services to indigent patients in medically underserved or critical-need population areas of the state. 7/14/2017  Assembly 2 year
SB 790 McGuire D Health care providers: gifts and benefits.   Would, on and after January 1, 2019, prohibit a manufacturer of a prescribed product from offering or giving a gift to a health care provider. The bill would further prohibit a manufacturer of a prescribed product or an entity on behalf of a manufacturer of a prescribed product from providing a fee, payment, subsidy, or other economic benefit to a health care provider in connection with the provider’s participation in research, except as specified. The bill would define terms of its purposes, including, among others, the term “gift.” The bill would specify circumstances to which these prohibitions do not apply. 9/11/2017  Assembly Inactive File

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