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MEDICAL PROVIDER IMMUNITY

To grant qualified civil immunity to certain medical providers who provide emergency medical services as a result of a disaster; to provide that certain communications made regarding an unanticipated outcome of medical care, the development or implementation of standards under federal laws, and an insurer's reimbursement policies on health care are inadmissible as evidence in a medical claim; to provide that medical bills itemizing charges are inadmissible as evidence and an amount accepted as full payment for medical services is admissible as evidence of the reasonableness of the charges; to specify the manner of sending a notice of intent to file a medical claim and provide a procedure for the discovery of other potential claims within a specified period after the filing of a medical claim; to provide that any loss of a chance of recovery or survival by itself is not an injury, death, or loss for which damages may be recovered; to provide civil immunity to certain medical providers regarding the discharge of a patient with a mental condition that threatens the safety of the patient or others; to require that governmental agencies that receive peer review committee records maintain their confidentiality; and to clarify the definition of "medical claim."
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House (2/22/2017; CONTINUED)

BIENNIAL BUDGET

To provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House (2/14/2017; CONTINUED (Referred to Finance; See separate story))

CULTURAL COMPETENCY

To require certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/1/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

ABORTION

Regarding final disposition of fetal remains from surgical abortions.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate (2/15/2017; CONTINUED)

NURSE STAFFING

To establish minimum ratios of direct-care registered nurses to patients in hospitals, to specify rights of registered nurses working in hospitals, and to prohibit retaliatory actions by hospitals against registered nurses.
Text/Analysis
Introduced and Referred in Senate (2/15/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

STEP THERAPY

To adopt requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate (2/21/2017; CONTINUED)