Recent Actions:

What we are monitoring in Washington:

Bill: 2015 S.B. 5448, introduced by Senator Marko Liias (D) on Physician Dispensing. Status: Final Enacted  Final version (2/11/2015): Requires the medical quality assurance commission to do a study of the effects of long-term antibiotic therapy on patients who have been diagnosed with posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome.

Final version (2/11/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5448-S.SL.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5448.pdf

Bill: 2016 H.B. 2730, introduced by Representative Strom Peterson (D) on Prescription monitoring Programs. Status: Final Enacted  Final version (2/5/2016): Expands access to the prescription monitoring program to include:

(1) a prescriber of legend drugs;

(2) health care facility or entity for the purpose of providing medical or pharmaceutical care to the patients of the facility or entity if: (a) the facility or entity is licensed by the DOH; and (b) the facility or entity is a trading partner with the Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) and

(3) a health care provider group of five or more providers for the purpose of providing medical or pharmaceutical care to the patients of the provider group if: (1) all of the providers in the group are licensed; and (2) the provider group is a trading partner with the HIE

Eliminates the requirement that prescribers query the prescription monitoring program prior to prescribing a schedule II or III controlled substance for non-cancer chronic or intractable pain.

Final version (2/5/2016): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/2730-S.PL.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2730.pdf

Bill: 2016 S.B. 6421, introduced by Senator Kevin Ranker (D) on Good Samaritan Laws. Status: Final Enacted  Final version (2/5/2016): Authorizes a prescribing practitioner to prescribe EpiPens to restaurants, recreation camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, colleges, universities, and sports arenas. Stipulates that these entities or organizations may acquire and stock a supply of EpiPens if they are stored in an area that is accessible in an emergency and in accordance with manufacturer instructions and Department of Health (DOH) requirements. 

Stipulates that employees of an entity or organization must complete a training program before they are able to administer an EpiPen. Specifies that the entity or organization and its employees are not liable for damages due to use of an EpiPen so long as their acts do not constitute gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. 

Stipulates that incidents of use of an EpiPen must be reported to DOH and DOH must publish an annual report that summarizes use of EpiPens by entities or organizations. 

Requires the Department of Health to establish or approve a training course on the use of epinephrine autoinjector devices.

Defines "eligible entity" as means an entity or organization at or in connection with which allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present including, but not limited to, restaurants, recreation camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks and sports arenas.

Defines "emergency health care provider" as a physician with knowledge and experience in the delivery of emergency care.

Final version (2/5/2016): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/6421-S.PL.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/6421.pdf

Bill: 2015 H.B. 1625, introduced by Representative Joe Schmick (R) on Physician Dispensing. Status: Final Enacted  Current version (3/30/2015): Authorizes a pharmacy that is operated by a hospital to provide minimal quantities of drugs to ambulance or aid services for use associated with providing emergency medical services to patients if certain conditions are met.

Requires the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission to collaborate with representatives of the emergency medical services and trauma steering committee to develop guidelines for the provision of drugs.

Current version (3/30/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Amendments/Senate/1625-S%20AMS%20HLTH%20S2777.2.pdf

Amended version (2/17/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1625-S.pdf?

Introduced version:http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1625.pdf

Bill: 2015 H.B. 1671, introduced by Representative Brady Walkinshaw (D) on Good Samaritan Laws,Physician Dispensing. Status: Final Enacted  Current version (3/31/2015):Authorizes a practitioner to prescribe, dispense, distribute, and deliver an opioid overdose medication directly to a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose or by collaborative drug therapy agreement, standing order, or protocol to another person who is in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.

Authorizes a pharmacist to dispense an opioid overdose medication pursuant to a prescription and administer an opioid overdose medication to a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.

Removes the requirement that a pharmacist affix a label on the cap of the prescription. Requires a pharmacist dispensing an opioid overdose medication to provide written instructions on the proper response to an opioid-related overdose.

Requires the instructions to be affixed to the container in which the medication is dispensed and to inform the recipient to call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. 

Current version (3/31/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Amendments/Senate/1671-S.E%20AMS%20HLTH%20S2893.1.pdf

Amended version (3/2/2015):http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1671-S.E.pdf

Amended version (2/13/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1671-S.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Digests/House/1671.DIG.pdf

Bill: 2015 S.B. 5027, introduced by Senator Jan Angel (R) on Prescription monitoring Programs. Status: Final Enacted  Final version (3/26/2015): Stipulates that the Department of Health must allow access to the prescription monitoring system for personnel at a test site or laboratory. Specifies that laboratory personnel may have access but can not store any data accessed from the prescription monitoring system.

Final version (3/26/2015):http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Amendments/House/5027-S%20AMH%20HCW%20H2481.1.pdf

Amended version (2/9/2015):http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5027-S.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5027.pdf

Bill: 2015 S.B. 5175, introduced by Senator Randi Becker (R) on NETWORK ADEQUACY. Status: Final Enacted  Current version (2/5/2015): Recognizes the application of telemedicine as a reimbursable service by which an individual receives medical services from a health care provider without in-person contact with the provider.

Reduces the compliance requirements on hospitals when granting privileges or associations to telemedicine physicians.

Requires medicaid managed care plans, managed care plans and health insurers to reimburse a provider for a health care service provided to a covered person through telemedicine if the health care service is a service recognized as an essential health benefit of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Current version (2/5/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5175-S.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5175.pdf

Bill: 2015 S.B. 5448, introduced by Senator Brian Hatfield (D) on Physician Dispensing. Status: Final Enacted  Current version (2/10/2015): Requires the medical quality assurance commission to do a study of the effects of long-term antibiotic therapy on patients who have been diagnosed with post treatment Lyme disease syndrome.

Current version (2/10/2015):http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5448-S.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5448.pdf

Bill: 2015 S.B. 5460, introduced by Senator Linda Parlette (R) on Physician Dispensing. Status: Final Enacted  Current Version (3/3/2015): Allows hospitals to permit practitioners to prescribe and distribute pre-packaged emergency medications to patients upon discharge from the hospital when a pharmacy is not within fifteen miles of the hospital. Stipulates that a packaged emergency medication must be pre approved by a pharmacist before distribution to a patient.

Prohibits schedule I drugs from being included in the drugs permitted to be dispensed as emergency medication under this section.

Current version (3/3/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5460-S.E.pdf

Amended version (2/10/2015): http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5460-S.pdf

Introduced version: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1402.pdf

Bill: 2014 H.B. 2492, introduced by Representative Jay Rodne (R) on Good Samaritan Laws. Status: Final Enacted  Final version (2/5/2014): Specifies that any health care provider credentialing or granting practice privileges to other health care providers to deliver health care in response to an emergency is immune from civil liability arising out of such credentialing or granting of practice privileges if: (a) The health care provider so credentialed or granted practice privileges was responding to an emergency; and (b) the procedures utilized for credentialing and granting practice privileges were substantially consistent with the standards for granting emergency practice privileges adopted by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

Final version (2/5/2014): http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/2492-S.PL.pdf

Introduced version: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2492.pdf