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Miscellaneous health policies (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Sue Hegarty
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Medical clinics with only one or two doctors will have more time to comply with electronic prescription drug requirements. All others were required to comply in 2011. Effective July 1, 2012, the smaller clinics will have until Jan. 1, 2015, to comply.

Sponsored by Rep. Steve Gottwalt

(R-St. Cloud) and Sen. David Hann (R-Eden Prairie), the new law also contains the following provisions:

• allowing the health commissioner to include Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollee’s coverage expiration dates on a monthly roster, if the provider requests it. Proponents said this will help providers prevent lapses in public health care coverage (Art. 1, Sec. 3);

• enabling counties and local social service agencies to negotiate supplemental agreements with residential placement contract vendors. The agreement must be designed to encourage successful and cost-effective outcomes for clients and may include incentive pay for positive performance;

• entering into a reciprocal agreement with Bermuda to enforce child support obligations, effective when Bermuda agrees in writing or expiring if not enforced by Dec. 31, 2013;

• allowing an exemption so that nursing service providers may participate in an elderly waiver assessment for people with disabilities; and

• exempting Webber swimming pond in Minneapolis from having to comply with certain Health Department swimming pool regulations, effective May 1, 2012.

HF2627*/ SF2208/CH253

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