Bill Text: NJ A4990 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires certain medical professionals and pharmaceutical providers to comply with provisions of State law regarding home treatment services for bleeding episodes associated with hemophilia.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-07 - Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee [A4990 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A4990-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY, No. 4990

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 7, 2019

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires certain medical professionals and pharmaceutical providers to comply with provisions of State law regarding home treatment services for bleeding episodes associated with hemophilia.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning hemophilia patients and amending P.L.2000, c.121

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.2000, c.121 (C.26:2S-10.1) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    A carrier which offers a managed care plan that provides benefits or health care services, as applicable, for the home treatment of bleeding episodes associated with hemophilia, including the purchase of blood products and blood infusion equipment, shall comply with the provisions of this section.

     a.     For the purpose of providing home treatment services for bleeding episodes associated with hemophilia, the carrier shall be required to contract with, and exclusively use, providers that comply with standards adopted by regulation of the Department of Banking and Insurance in consultation with the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey.  At a minimum, the standards shall require that each provider:

     (1)   provide services pursuant to a prescription from the covered person's attending physician and not make any substitutions of blood products without prior approval of the attending physician;

     (2)   provide all brands of clotting factor products in low, medium and high-assay range levels to execute treatment regimens as prescribed by a covered person's attending physician, and all needed ancillary supplies for the treatment or prevention of bleeding episodes, including, but not limited to, needles, syringes, and cold compression packs;

     (3)   have the ability to deliver prescribed blood products, medications, and nursing services within three hours after receipt of a prescription for an emergent situation, and maintain 24-hour on-call service to accommodate this requirement;

     (4)   demonstrate experience with and knowledge of bleeding disorders and the management thereof;

     (5)   demonstrate the ability for appropriate and necessary record keeping and documentation, including the ability to expedite product recall or notification systems and the ability to assist covered persons in obtaining third party reimbursement;

     (6)   provide for proper removal and disposal of hazardous waste pursuant to State and federal law;

     (7)   provide covered persons with a written copy of the agency's policy regarding discontinuation of services related to loss of health benefits plan coverage or inability to pay; and

     (8)   provide covered persons, upon request, with information about the expected costs for medications and services provided by the agency that are not otherwise covered by the covered person's health benefits plan.

     b.    The Department of Banking and Insurance shall compile a list of providers who meet the minimum standards established pursuant to this section and shall make the list available to carriers and covered persons, upon request.

     c.     As used in this section: "blood product" includes, but is not limited to, Factor VIII, Factor IX and cryoprecipitate; and "blood infusion equipment" includes, but is not limited to, syringes and needles.

 

     2.    As used in section 1 of P.L.    , c.   (C.       ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill):

     "Provider" has the same meaning as provided in section 2 of P.L.1997, c.192 (C.26:25-2) and shall include specialty pharmacies.

     "Specialty pharmacy" means the service created to manage the requirements of specialty pharmaceuticals, including, but not limited to, dispensing medication, infusion services, distribution, reimbursement, case management, and other services specific to patients with rare and chronic diseases.

(cf: P.L.2012, c.17, s.297)

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill expands the list of providers required to comply with certain standards and requirement regarding the provision of home treatment of bleeding episodes associated with hemophilia to include specialty pharmacies.  Specialty pharmacies are pharmacy care services created to manage the requirements of specialty pharmaceutics used to treat rare and chronic diseases.

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