BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1073
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Moved to adopt prepared amendment L.001 (Attachmen|
Moved to refer House Bill 09-1073 to the Committee
|Pass Without Objection|
10:18 AM -- House Bill 09-1073
Representative Massey presented House Bill 09-1073 which came out of the Health Care Task Force. He stated the bill requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to conduct a feasibility study of the use of electronic prescriptions in Medicaid. The bill also requires the study to be submitted to the Health and Human Services by June 30, 2010.
Brady Young, RxPlus Pharmacies, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Young spoke to the cost saving potentials of e-prescribing. He also spoke to the accuracy and reduction of mistakes that e-prescribing presents. Mr. Young stated that technology exists that will allow e-prescribing in rural communities.
Jim Driscoll, Colorado Retail Council, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Driscoll spoke to the need for health information technology and reiterated Mr. Young's comments regarding efficiency and reduction of inaccuracies with e-prescribing. Representative Kerr stated that due to funding shortages, he asked if the state was unable to provide the one time funding, would each pharmacy contribute $50 towards the study. Mr. Driscoll stated that he would be amenable to discussing solutions with his members. Members expressed their concern with regard to the fiscal note.
Representative Massey responded to committee questions regarding the effect on rural communities stating that it would be a benefit to these communities. He also stated that the study will evaluate what barriers exist to implementing the program in Medicaid. He noted that he would like to implement a pilot program in addition to the study, but due to the funding situation in the state, that does not appear to be a possibility this year.
|TIME: || 10:41:02 AM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer House Bill 09-1073 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 11-0 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS