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January 17, 2017 Regulatory Developments

January 18, 2017 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on January 17, 2017:

  • On January 17, 2017 at 49 NJR 174, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposed readoption with amendments to its rules governing the statewide respite care program.
  •   On January 17, 2017 at 49 NJR 179, the Division of Consumer Affairs published notice of its proposed amendment to its rules governing the schedules of controlled dangerous substances.
  • On January 17, 2017 at 49 NJR 201, the Department of Human Services published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules governing adult mental health rehabilitation services provided in or by community residence programs.
  • On January 17, 2017 at 49 NJR 203, the Department of Human Services published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules governing the NJ FamilyCare-Childrens Programs Manual.

 

January 3, 2017 Regulatory Developments

January 17, 2017 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on January 3, 2017:

  • On January 3, 2017 at 49 NJR 50, the Board of Medical Examiners published notice of its proposal of amendments to its rules governing the standards for declaration of death based upon neurological criteria (brain death).
  • On January 3, 2017 at 49 NJR 101, the Department of Human Services published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules governing psychiatric residential treatment facility services for individuals under age 21.
  • On January 3, 2017 at 49 NJR 116, the State Board of Nursing published notice of its repeal of NJAC 13:37-7.3.  The regulation had allowed advanced practice nurses to practice under a work permit letter while they were waiting to take the advance practice nursing certification exam.  The Board proposed repeal of the regulation because the availability of on line advanced practice nursing certification examinations obviates the need for work permit letters, since applicants no longer need to wait for an exam to be held on a specific date.
  • On January 3, 2017 at 49 NJR 116, the State Board of Nursing published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules regarding forensic nurse-certified sexual assault education programs.

 

 

December 19, 2016 Regulatory Developments

January 12, 2017 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on December 19, 2016:

  • On December 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 2737, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposed readoption with amendments to its rules governing independent clinic services under Medicaid.
  • On December 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 2751, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposed readoption with amendments to its rules, as well as the proposal of new rules, establishing the Pediatric Medical Daycare Program, which provides medically necessary services in an ambulatory care setting to children who reside in the community with medically complex needs whose needs cannot be met in a regular daycare or preschool program.
  • On December 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 2785, the Department of Human Services published notice of its readoption of amendments to its rules governing pharmaceutical services under Medicaid.
  • On December 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 2791, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposed readoption with amendments to its rules governing the licensure of outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities.
  • On December 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 2822, the State Board of Dentistry published notice of its adoption of new rules governing credit towards registration as a limited registered dental assistant in orthodontics for education, training and experience received while serving as a member of the Armed Forces.
  • On December 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 2833 and 2834, the Department of Health published notice of its postponement of the Certificate of Need calls for the following services:  (1) new specialized long-term care beds for pediatric care; (2) new specialized long-term care beds for severe behavior management; (3) new specialized long-term care beds for ventilator care; and (4) regionalized perinatal services and maternal and child health consortia.

 

December 5, 2016 Regulatory Developments

December 7, 2016 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on December 5, 2016:

  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2516, the Department of Health published notice of its proposal of amendments to its rules and the proposal of new rules concerning childhood elevated blood levels.
  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2571, the Department of Health published notice of its proposal of amendments to its rules governing screening of children for lead poisoning.
  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2574, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposed readoption with amendments to its rules governing the vision care services manual under Medicaid.
  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2582, the Board of Examiners of Ophthalmic Dispensers and Ophthalmic Technicians published notice of its proposed amendments to its rules. The amendments would recognize that licensed ophthalmic dispensers may perform certified vision screenings.
  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2611, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption of the rules governing mobility assistance vehicles and basic life support ambulance services.
  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2611, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption of the rules governing emergency medical technician basic training and certification.
  • On December 5, 2016, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption of its rules governing emergency medical technician-paramedic training and certification.
  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2621, the Department of Banking and Insurance published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules and the adoption of new rules governing New Jersey Worker’s Compensation Managed Care Organizations.
  • On December 5, 2016 at 48 NJR 2622, the State Board of Optometrists published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules. The amendments would allow optometrists to prescribe controlled dangerous substances containing hydrocodone, regardless of schedule.

November 21, 2016 Regulatory Developments

November 22, 2016 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on November 21, 2016:

  • On November 21, 2016 at 48 N.J.R. 2439, the Department of Human Services published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules governing family support services for family members of individuals suffering from mental illness.

November 7, 2016 Regulatory Developments

November 10, 2016 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on November 7, 2016:

  • On November 7, 2016 at 48 NJR 2211, the Department of Health published notice of its proposal of new rules implementing the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act.  Under the Act, the Department of Health is required to develop or approve for use a one-time training course on handling and response procedures in connection with suspected human trafficking activities for employees of licensed health care facilities. The Act requires the Department of Health to establish standards identifying the health care facility employees who will be required, as a condition of their employment, to receive the training. It also makes facility compliance with employee training a condition of facility licensure.
  • On November 7, 2016 at 48 NJR 2336, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules governing the standards for licensure for pediatric community transitional homes.
  • On November 7, 2016 at 48 NJR 2354, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption of its rules regarding the standards for licensure of pediatric medical day care facilities.
  •  On November 7, 2016 at 48 NJR 2360, the Department of Health published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules governing the Small Employer Health Benefits Program.
  • On November 7, 2016 at 48 NJR 2374, the Division of Consumer Affairs published notice of its adoption of new rules governing the Prescription Monitoring Program.
  • On November 7, 2016 at 48 NJR 2400, the Department of Human Services published notice of its action on a petition for rule making. The petitioner asked the Department to require any managed care organization providing health care services to Medicaid and New Jersey FamilyCare beneficiaries to approve medically necessary investigational or experimental services to those beneficiaries. The Department has referred the matter for further deliberation.

 

 

 

 

October 17, 2016 Regulatory Developments

October 31, 2016 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on October 17, 2016:

  • On October 17, 2016, at 48 N.J.R. 2102 the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners published notice of its proposed amendments to its rules and the proposal of new rules governing professional practice and licensure.  Among other things, the proposal implements a new mechanism for licensees whose licenses are inactive or were administratively suspended to apply for reinstatement.  The proposed rules will also require licensees to include a detailed note regarding termination of services in a client’s treatment record.
  • On October 17, 2016 at 48 N.J.R. 2118, the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee published notice of its proposed amendments to its rules and the proposal of new rules governing professional practice and licensure.  Among other things, the proposal implements a new mechanism for licensees whose licenses are inactive or were administratively suspended to apply for reinstatement.
  • On October 17, 2016 at 48 N.J.R. 2144, the Department of Banking & Insurance published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules governing the internal appeals process used under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefit program.
  • On October 17, 2016 at 48 N.J.R. 2144, the Department of Banking & Insurance published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules governing the out-of-network payment benefit and calculation methodology for Individual Health Insurance plans which offer out of network benefits.

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2016 Regulatory Developments

October 10, 2016 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on October 3, 2016:

  • On October 3, 2016 at 48 NJR 2005, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposed readoption with amendments to its rules governing the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled Program.
  • On October 3, 2016 at 48 NJR 2059, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rule and the adoption of a new rule governing the reporting of occupational and environmental diseases, injuries and poisonings.
  • On October 3, 2016 at 48 NJR 2074, the Department of Law & Public Safety published notice of its readoption of the rules governing the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.
  • On October 3, 2016 at 48 NJR 2077, the Department of Health published a notice rescinding the invitation for Certificate of Need applications to establish a new mobile intensive care service.
  • On October 3, 2016 at 48 NJR 2078, the Department of Human Services published notice of its receipt of a petition for rulemaking from Curtis Edmonds, Esq. The petition seeks to have the Department amend its rules applicable to Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare beneficiaries to provide that a managed care organization providing health care services to Medicaid and New Jersey FamilyCare beneficiaries may not deny or refuse to provide medically necessary services to those beneficiaries on the grounds that such services are investigational or experimental in nature.

 

September 19, 2016 Regulatory Developments

October 6, 2016 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on September 19, 2016:

  • On September 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 1902, the Department of Banking & Insurance published notice of its proposed readoption of the rules governing the Small Employer Health Benefits Program.
  • On September 19, 2016 at 48 NJR 1972, the Department of Health published notice of its cancellation of its Certificate of Need call for new general long-term care beds and services.

July 18, 2016 Regulatory Developments

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Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on July 18, 2016:

  • On July 18, 2016 at 48 NJR 1412, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposal of amendments to its rules governing the Pharmaceutical Services Manual, which regulates the provision of pharmaceutical services under New Jersey Medicaid and the New Jersey FamilyCare fee-for-service program.
  • On July 18, 2016 at 48 NJR 1421, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposal of amendments to its rules governing psychiatric residential treatment facility services for individuals under age 21.
  • On July 18, 2016 at 42 NJR 1428, the State Board of Nursing published notice of proposed amendments to its rules governing the recognition of certain additional entities as meeting the Board requirements for advanced practice nursing certification bodies.
  • On July 18, 2016 at 48 NJR 1445, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules governing the licensure of home health agencies. Among other things, the amendments extend the period for notification of the Department of Health of an anticipated change in ownership of a home health agency from the current 30 day time period to a 90 day notification time period. In addition, the amendments revise employee health requirements, require the governing body of the home health agency to develop and implement a written conflict of interest policy, and revise the description of the roles and the responsibilities of the agency director of nursing.
  • On July 18, 2016 at 48 NJR 1462, the Board of Dentistry published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules as well as the adoption of new rules governing the scope of practice for dental hygienists. The amendments also require each dental office, facility, dental clinic or institution at which there is patient contact to have a written protocol for managing medical and dental emergencies; have equipment to maintain adult and pediatric airways; maintain an ambu bag on site and ensure that all staff are trained upon hire and, at least annually thereafter, to implement the emergency protocol.
  • On July 18, 2016 at 48 NJR 1468, the Department of Health published notice of its rescheduling of a certificate of need call for applications for mobile intensive care units.
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