Electronic transmission of certain prescriptions; exceptions. (HB2559)

Introduced By

Del. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patron Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Electronic transmission of certain prescriptions; exceptions. Provides certain exceptions, effective July 1, 2020, to the requirement that any prescription for a controlled substance that contains an opioid be issued as an electronic prescription. The bill requires the licensing health regulatory board of a prescriber to grant such prescriber a waiver of the electronic prescription requirement for a period not to exceed one year due to demonstrated economic hardship, technological limitations that are not reasonably within the control of the prescriber, or other exceptional circumstances demonstrated by the prescriber. The bill provides that a dispenser is not required to verify whether one of the exceptions applies when he receives a non-electronic prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid. The bill requires the Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Optometry to promulgate regulations to implement the prescriber waivers. Finally, the bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a work group to identify successes and challenges of the electronic prescription requirement and offer possible recommendations for increasing the electronic prescribing of controlled substances that contain an opioid and to report to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by November 1, 2022. Amends § 54.1-3408.02, § 54.1-3410, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/09/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee

History

DateAction
01/09/2019Committee
01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101805D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2559)
01/16/2019Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (9-Y 0-N)
01/29/2019Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Read first time
02/01/2019Read second time
02/01/2019Committee amendments agreed to
02/01/2019Engrossed by House as amended HB2559E
02/01/2019Printed as engrossed 19101805D-E
02/01/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2559E)
02/04/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/04/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/04/2019Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/04/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/08/2019Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/14/2019Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Read third time
02/18/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Enrolled
02/21/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2559ER)
02/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2559ER)
02/21/2019Signed by Speaker
02/21/2019Signed by President
02/28/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 28, 2019
02/28/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 664 (effective 7/1/19)
03/21/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0664)

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