In the final days of the session, lawmakers are considering changes to home health care and emergency transportation laws
The bill easily passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
A Senate spending panel on Thursday introduced a health care bill that changes laws regarding home health care, assisted living facilities and medical transportation. But the bill is structured in such a way that it could become a vehicle for any other health issues in the final two weeks of the session.
Filed by Sen. Jennifer BradleyThe law project (SB 718) cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee without debate or fanfare. It’s similar to HB 469filed by Rep. Dana Trabulsy. This bill could be heard by the House as early as Thursday.
The measure ends current home health care and assisted living statutes to establish a group of “other duties” that certified care aides and home care aides can help provide. The list of other duties includes assisting with glucometers; anti-embolism stockings; oxygen cannulas; continuous positive pressure devices; and colostomy bags. Unauthorized personnel may also assist in taking vital signs.
Additionally, the bill adds nebulizers and pre-filled insulin pens to the list of self-medications that can be provided, with a documented request and consent, to be administered by unauthorized personnel.
SB 718 also changes state emergency medical transportation laws, specifically requirements for advanced life support inter-facility transfers. The bill requires that an ALS ambulance be manned by at least two people during inter-facility transfers. A person must be either a certified paramedic, registered nurse, or licensed physician. The second person could be an emergency medical technician, certified paramedic, licensed physician, or ambulance driver.
The person with the highest medical certification in the state is the person responsible for caring for the patient during transfer between facilities.