Legislature(2013 - 2014)BARNES 124

03/17/2014 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ SB 159 AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 288 AIDEA: ARCTIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM/FUND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 281 PRESCRIPTION WITHOUT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 316 WORKERS' COMPENSATION MEDICAL FEES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 282 LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 282(L&C) Out of Committee
           HB 316-WORKERS' COMPENSATION MEDICAL FEES                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:19:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON announced  that the first order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 316,  "An Act  relating to  workers' compensation                                                               
fees  for medical  treatment and  services; relating  to workers'                                                               
compensation regulations; and providing for an effective date."                                                                 
[Before  the  committee  was   Version  O,  labeled  28-LS1362\0,                                                               
Wallace, 3/10/14, adopted on 3/10/14.]                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:20:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNA  LATHAM,  Staff,  Representative Kurt  Olson,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, stated  that Version O  would set the  fee schedules                                                               
for  workers' compensation  based  on  a resource-based  relative                                                               
value scale, which  in turn is based on the  Centers for Medicaid                                                               
and Medicare services,  including a conversion factor  set by the                                                               
medical services review committee (MSRC).   The MSRC would advise                                                               
the  workers' compensation  board to  set conversion  factors for                                                               
the fee schedules.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:21:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  made a  motion  to  adopt Amendment  1,                                                               
labeled 28-LS1362\O.1, Wallace, 3/10/14, which read:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
       Page 3, line 12, following the second instance of                                                                        
     "the":                                                                                                                     
          Insert "original"                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
        Page 3, line 15, following the first instance of                                                                        
     "the":                                                                                                                     
          Insert "original manufacturer's"                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON objected for the purpose of discussion.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:21:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LATHAM  explained that the  Amendment [1] would  add language                                                               
on page 3, line  12, to insert "original" and on  page 3, line 15                                                               
to  insert  "original manufacturer's"  with  the  intent that  it                                                               
would avoid the higher priced  invoice costs for prescriptions or                                                               
the mark ups on the original fees.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  OLSON  removed his  objection.    There being  no  further                                                               
objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:22:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SALLIE  STEVEK, Human  Resources Director,  Fairbanks North  Star                                                               
Borough (FNSB), stated  this is the third time  she has testified                                                               
in support  of HB 316.   She appreciated the work  addressing the                                                               
concerns.     As   an  employer   with  a   self-funded  workers'                                                               
compensation program, she also appreciated  the efforts to reform                                                               
an expensive  system.   Mayor Hopkins  spoke in  favor of  HB 316                                                               
last week and  the Fairbanks North Star  Borough Assembly adopted                                                               
a   resolution  supporting   the   Workers'  Compensation   Board                                                               
recommendations.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:24:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON, relative to  current law, asked whether                                                               
the FNSB  knows what  rate reduction will  be achieved  under the                                                               
bill using Medicare and the conversion factor.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. STEVEK answered no.   The FNSB hasn't performed any analysis,                                                               
but she believes that the  bill will definitely reduce the costs.                                                               
She shared the concern of  previous testifiers to be certain that                                                               
when workers are injured that they  are able to get care and this                                                               
is  why the  multiplier  and allowing  the workers'  compensation                                                               
board to set rates is a reasonable way to address this.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:25:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  OLSON,  after first  determining  no  one else  wished  to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony on HB 316.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
[HB 316 was held over.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB159 ver N.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Fiscal Note-DCCED-DOI-2-10-14.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Email Clay Bezenek 3-13-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter Airlift Northwest 11-22-2013.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter Ernest Bliss 2-19-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter Jane Bliss 2-19-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter Janet Buness 2-19-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter Maureen Maxand 2-29-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter SOA Div Ins to Airlift Northwest 7-16-2013.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter SOA Div Ins to Dina Yunker 11-12-2013.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents–Letter SOA Div Ins to Dina Yunker, 11-19-2013.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter SOA to Airlift Northwest AirCare 11-12-2013.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter Theresa Allen 2-19-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter Walter Moorhead 2-19-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-News Article-Chilkat Valley News 12-5-2013.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-News Article-CoastAlaska News 11-26-2013.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-News Article-Juneau Empire 1-20-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
HB288 Draft Proposed Blank CS ver N.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 288
HB288 ver N Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 288
HB288 Supporting Documents-Arctic Infrastructure Fund for AIDEA.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 288
HB281 ver A.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281(HSS) ver U.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Fiscal Note-DCCED-CBPL-02-06-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Draft Proposed Amendment U.1.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Summary of Changes ver A to ver U.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Supporting Document-Rand Study.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Supporting Document-Teladoc Press Release.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Supporting Document-DOLWD Census Data.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Supporting Document-Letter Teladoc2-10-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281
HB281 Opposing Document-Email-ASMB 1-28-2014.pdf HL&C 3/17/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 281