Bill Status Report Ohio Hospital Association
MEDICAL PROVIDER IMMUNITY (Cupp, R.)
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."
Committee Hearing in House Civil Justice (6/20/2017; CONTINUED-SUBSTITUTE)
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (Gavarone, T., Merrin, D.)
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.
Committee Hearing in House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security (3/15/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))
MENTAL HEALTH COMMITMENTS (Carfagna, R., Ryan, S.)
To authorize certain advanced practice registered nurses to have a person involuntarily transported to a hospital for a mental health examination.
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (2/27/2018; CONTINUED-AMENDED (No testimony))
CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT (Huffman, S., Sprague, R.)
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.
Signed by the Governor (2/8/2018; Signed: February 8, 2018; Effective: in 90 days)
ADMITTING PRIVILEGES (Gavarone, T.)
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.
Committee Hearing in House Health (10/25/2017; CONTINUED)
PALLIATIVE CARE (LaTourette, S.)
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.
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (1/30/2018; CONTINUED)
BODY CAMERAS (Antani, N., Craig, H.)
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.
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (1/10/2018; CONTINUED (See separate story))
SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Young, R.)
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.
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (3/14/2018; CONTINUED-AMENDED (No testimony))
CHARTER HOSPITALS (Greenspan, D.)
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.
Passed in House (3/7/2018; 90-2 (Brinkman & Householder))
HOSPITAL CLOSINGS (Schuring, K., West, T.)
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.
Referred in Senate (2/20/2018; Government Oversight & Reform)
DRUG OVERDOSES (Gavarone, T.)
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."
Committee Hearing in House Community & Family Advancement (3/21/2018)
BUDGET UPDATE (Gardner, R., Terhar, L.)
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.
Signed by the Governor (12/22/2017; Signed: December 22, 2017; Effective: In 90 days)
NURSE STAFFING (Skindell, M.)
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.
Committee Hearing in Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)