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Legislation Update: APCD, APRNs, E-cigarettes and Tanning

[MMA News Now, March 13, 2014] Several MMA legislative priorities continued moving forward at the Capitol this week, including increasing use of the all-payer claims database (APCD), opposing advanced practice registered nurses’ (APRNs) desire to practice independently, tightening regulations on e-cigarettes and prohibiting minors from using tanning devices.

APCD
The senate version of a bill (SF 2106) that would expand the use of the APCD was heard in the senate’s Health, Human Services and Housing Committee on March 12. Dave Renner, MMA’s director state and federal legislation testified. The bill – supported by the MMA, Minnesota Hospital Association the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and the Minnesota Department of Health – calls for the suspension of Provider Peer Grouping and authorizes four new uses for the APCD. In addition, it creates a work group to develop recommendations for the 2015 Legislature on future structure and uses for the APCD. It now moves to the senate’s Judiciary Committee on March 14.
 
APRNs
Two competing bills on APRN independent practice went before the house’s Health and Human Services Policy Committee on March 12. One bill (HF 435) calls for full independence and is opposed by the MMA. The other (HF 2803) includes stronger collaboration requirements and is MMA-supported. Physicians testifying on behalf of HF 2803 included Daron Gersch, M.D., David Schultz M.D., Katie Arendt M.D., and Todd Arsenault M.D.  Both bills will be presented and then laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

E-cigarettes
Bills that would tighten regulations on e-cigarette use were heard in the senate’s State and Local Government Committee (SF 2027) and the house’s Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committe (HF 1931) on March 12.  The house bill also passed through the house’s Commerce Committee and is headed to a vote on the house floor.

Indoor Tanning
A bill (HF 2177) that would prohibit minors from using tanning devices passed through the house’s Commerce Committee and is headed to house floor. The senate companion bill (SF 1901) awaits a hearing in the senate’s Commerce Committee.

For more information on the APCD, APRN and e-cigarettes bills, visit the MMA News Now archives.


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