The South Carolina General Assembly has concluded its work for 2016.We are pleased to report that the SCAHP was successful meeting all of its legislative goals.
We are setting forth below summaries and highlights of the most notable bills this year.
|H.3114||S.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
|H.3952||Emergency admission of person
Amends the law to include a person who may become gravely disabled if not immediately hospitalized, with amendments related to the examination under custody of a person requiring immediate hospitalization when examination is not otherwise possible as well as amendments related to the custody and transport of a person requiring immediate care, so as to require a state or local law enforcement officer with crisis intervention training and dressed in civilian clothes or an emergency medical technician to take into custody and transport the person to the hospital.
|H.3999||Health care decisions
To change the process for certain relatives and other individuals to make these health care decisions, to add additional classes of persons with the authority to make these health care decisions, to require a bioethics committee to select certain decision makers, to enable certain decision makers to consult with a second physician before making a health care decision, to require that decisions to withhold or withdraw life-prolonging measures be reviewed by a bioethics committee, and to require certain documentation related to selection of a decision maker.
|H.4542||Right to Try
Permits a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to make available to an eligible patient, and an eligible patient may request the drug, product, or device. A manufacturer may provide the investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient without receiving compensation or may require the eligible patient to pay the costs of, or the costs associated with, the manufacture. We specifically amended the proposed bill to make sure that insurers were not expected to provide coverage for either treatment or consequences.
|H.4662||Interstate Insurance Product Compact
Re-enacts the compact retroactively to June 1, 2014
To amend definitions related to emergency medical services so as not to resuscitate and to recognize “do not resuscitate bracelets.”
|H.4999||Immunity from Liability for Providing Free Health Care Services
Provide that the services of a health care provider treating a patient free of charge are deemed to be within the scope of the good Samaritan statute; and, amends sections related to the liability of health care providers when providing free medical care, so as to require a written agreement of provision of the voluntary, uncompensated care and to allow the written agreement to be an electronic record.
|H.5100||Emergency Medical Provider
Amends the definition of ’emergency medical provider’ to hospitals licensed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, hospital-based services, physicians licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners, and oral surgeons and dentists licensed by the State Board of Dentistry who provide emergency medical care. Adds and exemption for a policy which provides disability or income protection coverage, hospital confinement indemnity coverage, accident-only coverage, specified disease or specified accident coverage, long-term care coverage, vision-only coverage, or coverage issued as a supplement to Medicare.
Relates to prescriptions and standing orders for opioid antidotes, so as to authorize the prescription and dispensing of opioid antidotes pursuant to a non-patient-specific standing order in certain circumstances.
|S.849||Generic Prescription Drugs
Sets provisions for establishment of MAC pricing lists, disclosures, and appeal processes. Requires a PBM to make available to each network provider the sources utilized to determine the MAC pricing, to provide a process to readily access the MAC specific to that provider; to review and update MAC price information at least once every 7 business days; and to ensure that dispensing fees are not included in the calculation of maximum allowable cost.
|S.1035||SC Telemedicine Act
Defines telemedicine as the practice of medicine using electronic communications, information technology, or other means including, but not limited to, secure videoconferencing or interactive audio using asynchronous store and forward transfer technology between a physician in one location and a patient in another location, with or without an intervening health care provider. Telemedicine does not include an audio-only telephone conversation, email or instant messaging conversation, or facsimile. Allows providers to prescribe for a patient for whom a physician-patient relationship is established by telemedicine.
|S.1036||State Board of Dentistry
The state board of dentistry may issue restricted dental auxiliary instructors’ licenses to dentists who meet certain requirements, to provide licensed dental auxiliary instructors may practice dentistry in limited circumstances associated with certain accredited dental auxiliary programs of technical colleges, and to provide for the renewal and revocation of restricted dental auxiliary licenses.
|S.1037||Exemptions of Physicians Licenses
To expand the exemption to include team physicians of athletic teams visiting the state for a team training camp.