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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 Civil Justice (5/23/2018; REPORTED (No testimony))

BIENNIAL BUDGET

To provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (6/30/2017; Signed: June 30, 2017; Effective: With Line Item Vetoes; earlier Delivered to the Governor)

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 House Health (4/11/2018; CONTINUED (See separate story))

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

To establish an expedited process to grant a professional license to an individual who is on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, or is the spouse of such an individual, and holds a valid license in another state.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security (3/15/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))

HEALTH CARE COMPACT

To enter into the Health Care Compact.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Federalism & Interstate Relations (5/15/2018; REPORTED)

MENTAL HEALTH COMMITMENTS

To authorize certain advanced practice registered nurses to have a person involuntarily transported to a hospital for a mental health examination.
Text/Analysis
Passed in Senate (5/23/2018; EMERGENCY: 31-0; BILL: 31-0)

SNAP

Regarding eligibility and benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program and the Medicaid program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (4/10/2018; CONTINUED (No testimony))

HB 145

(Enacted)
CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT

To provide for the establishment of a confidential program for the treatment of impaired practitioners regulated by the State Medical Board, to modify the laws governing the Board's regulation of dietitians and respiratory care professionals, to make other changes in the laws administered by the Board, to provide that the General Assembly's authorization is needed before long-term care services are further included in the Medicaid managed care system, and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (2/8/2018; Signed: February 8, 2018; Effective: in 90 days)

ABORTION

To expand the crime of abortion trafficking and to increase the penalty.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (6/7/2017)

OPIOID MEDICATIONS

Regarding addiction treatment and opioid prescribing by physicians and dentists.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (5/17/2017; CONTINUED)

MEDICAL RECORDS

To modify the laws governing access to a patient's medical records.
Text/Analysis
Re-referred in House (1/24/2018; Health)

NURSE ANESTHETISTS

Regarding the practice of certified registered nurse anesthetists.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (1/24/2018; CONTINUED (See separate story))

FLU VACCINES

To prohibit an employer from taking an adverse employment action against a person who has not been or will not be vaccinated against influenza.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (2/28/2018; CONTINUED)

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

To require pharmacists to offer to dispense controlled substances in lockable or tamper-evident containers.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (5/23/2018; REPORTED (No testimony))

DIABETES REGISTRY

To establish the Ohio Diabetes Registry.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (11/1/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

ADMITTING PRIVILEGES

To prohibit a physician from being required to secure a maintenance of certification as a condition of obtaining licensure, reimbursement, or employment or obtaining admitting privileges or surgical privileges at a hospital or health care facility.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (10/25/2017; CONTINUED)

PALLIATIVE CARE

To create the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council, to establish the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program, and to require health care facilities to identify patients and residents who could benefit from palliative care.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (5/22/2018; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)

DISEASE CURES

To adopt the Solemn Covenant of the States to award prizes for curing diseases.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (5/22/2018; CONTINUED (See separate story))

NEWBORN SCREENING

To include spinal muscular atrophy as an additional disorder to be screened for under the Newborn Screening Program.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (12/6/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

HEALTH INSURANCE

To enact the Ohio Right to Shop Act to require health insurers to establish shared savings incentive programs for enrollees.
Text/Analysis
Referred in House (11/28/2017; Health)

HEALTH SERVICE PRICES

Regarding the provision of cost estimates for scheduled health care services and health care services requiring insurer preauthorization.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Insurance (3/7/2018; CONTINUED)

BODY CAMERAS

To provide that specified portions of peace officers' body-worn camera recordings and the infrastructure record of a public school are not public records for purposes of the Public Records Law.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (5/22/2018; REPORTED-AMENDED)

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

To require the Department of Health to publish monthly drug overdose death information for each county, to create grant programs to support faith-based substance abuse services, to authorize an income tax deduction for physicians providing such services for free, and to allocate funds and make an appropriation for the grant programs.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (5/23/2018; REPORTED (See separate story))

HEALTH BENEFITS

To impose review and other requirements on existing health insurance mandated benefits and to establish requirements for the creation of new mandated benefits.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (5/15/2018; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)

CHARTER HOSPITALS

To require that all rights to and interests in discoveries or inventions made by, or patents issued to, employees using charter county hospital facilities or funding are the property of that charter county hospital.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (5/16/2018; CONTINUED (No testimony))

NURSING OVERTIME

To prohibit a hospital from requiring a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse to work overtime as a condition of continued employment.
Text/Analysis
Calendar for Coming Session in House (5/15/2018)

HOSPITAL CLOSINGS

To require that a for-profit hospital and its affiliated health care facilities in certain counties follow specified procedures before ceasing operations or closing, and to declare an emergency.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (2/20/2018; Government Oversight & Reform)

STROKE PATIENTS

To provide for recognition of stroke centers and establishment of protocols for assessment, treatment, and transport to hospitals of stroke patients.
Text/Analysis
Calendar for Coming Session in House (5/15/2018)

DRUG PRICE INFORMATION

Regarding pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacists, and the disclosure to patients of drug price information.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (5/22/2018; REPORTED)

VISITATION RIGHTS

To allow certain specified persons to petition the probate court for reasonable visitation with an incompetent or ward if visitation between the person and the incompetent or ward has been interfered with or denied.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Aging & Long Term Care (5/16/2018; CONTINUED)

DRUG OVERDOSES

To require certain reports regarding overdoses and naloxone, to include naltrexone within the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, and to name this act the "Opioid Data and Communication Expansion Act."
Text/Analysis
Calendar for Coming Session in House (5/15/2018)

EMERGENCY CARE

To prohibit health plan issuers, including those participating in the Medicaid care management system, from implementing any form of selective emergency services coverage.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Insurance (3/21/2018; CONTINUED)

VOLUNTEER HEALTH SERVICES

To authorize health professionals licensed in other states to provide volunteer health services during charitable events.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (5/16/2018; REPORTED-AMENDED)

TELEMEDICINE

To prohibit health benefit plans from treating telemedicine services differently from in-person health care services solely because they are provided as telemedicine services.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (5/23/2018; CONTINUED)

SB 8

(Enacted)
BUDGET UPDATE

To establish the 1:1 School Facilities Option Program, to revise the law regarding applied bachelor's degree programs offered at two-year state institutions of higher education, to modify the schedule for phasing down tangible personal property tax reimbursement payments to school districts, to modify the payment cap in the school funding formula, to modify the law governing the establishment and operation of transportation financing districts, to modify county funding sources for a tourism development district, to modify the veterans organizations grant program, to allow county sheriffs to contract with municipal courts and county courts for the transportation of persons between the county jail and a county court or municipal court, to make deputy sheriffs ex officio bailiffs of county courts and municipal courts, to revise eligibility for School Employees Retirement System pension and benefit recipients' annual cost-of-living adjustments, to repeal a provision regarding acceptance of prior college courses by state institutions of higher education, to authorize a tax credit for insurance companies that provide capital to investment funds investing in businesses in rural areas, to exempt corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses from sales and use tax beginning July 1, 2019, to provide that wages and guaranteed payments paid by a professional employer organization to the owner of a pass-through entity that has contracted with the organization may be considered business income, to make appropriations, to modify earmarks, and to make changes to reappropriations for grants related to the Lakes in Economic Distress Revolving Loan Program.
Text/Analysis
Signed by the Governor (12/22/2017; Signed: December 22, 2017; Effective: In 90 days)

CULTURAL COMPETENCY

To require certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/7/2017; CONTINUED)

ABORTION

Regarding final disposition of fetal remains from surgical abortions.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in House Health (2/28/2018; REPORTED (See separate story))

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
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)

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 Health, Human Services & Medicaid (5/22/2018; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

To establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions (3/28/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT

To prohibit the Medicaid program from newly enrolling individuals as part of the expansion eligibility group.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)

OPIOID MEDICATIONS

Regarding addiction treatment and opioid prescribing by physicians and dentists.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (5/22/2018; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)

MAMMOGRAM COVERAGE

To include tomosynthesis as part of required screening mammography benefits under health insurance policies.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions (10/3/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))

LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENTS

To establish procedures for the use of medical orders for life-sustaining treatment and to make changes to the laws governing DNR identification and orders.
Text/Analysis
Referred in Senate (9/6/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)

HEALTH PLAN CLAIMS

To require health plan issuers to release certain claim information to group plan policyholders.
Text/Analysis
Passed in Senate (5/23/2018; 30-0)

MEDICAID COPAYMENTS

Regarding Medicaid copayment requirements.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (5/15/2018; CONTINUED (No testimony))

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

To revise the law regulating physician assistant practice.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (4/10/2018; CONTINUED (See separate story))

PHARMACY SERVICES

To permit certain health insurers to provide payment or reimbursement for services lawfully provided by a pharmacist and to recognize pharmacist services in certain other laws.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions (5/22/2018; CONTINUED)

NURSE ANESTHETISTS

Regarding the authority of certified registered nurse anesthetists to administer drugs in addition to anesthesia and to select and order certain other drugs.
Text/Analysis
Committee Hearing in Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions (5/22/2018; CONTINUED)

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