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As the statewide professional association for licensed 
physicians, we are dedicated to our mission to serve as 
Maryland's foremost advocate and resource for physicians, 
their patients, and 
the
public health.

2013 Testimony

Updated:  April 5, 2013

HOUSE BILLS

House Bill 1 - Criminal Law - Cannabimimetic Agents - Prohibition SUPPORT

House Bill 32 - Drunk Driving - Transporting Minor - Ignition Interlock System Program SUPPORT

House Bill 36 - Vehicle Laws - Seat Belts and Child Safety Seats SUPPORT

House Bill 158 - Vehicle Laws - Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts - Penalty SUPPORT

House Bill 174 - Workers' Compensation - Payment for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions - Limitations OPPOSE

House Bill 225 - Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 SUPPORT

House Bill 227 - Maryland Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Program SUPPORT

House Bill 228 - Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 245 - Family Law - Substance-Exposed Newborns SUPPORT SENATE TESTIMONY

House Bill 267 - Criminal Law - Controlled Dangerous Substances - Research - Synthetic Cannabinoids SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 287 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Study of Paratransit Services for Dialysis Patients SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 303 - Task Force to Study Point-of-Care Testing for Lead Poisoning SUPPORT NEW TESTIMONY SENATE TESTIMONY

House Bill 373 - Hospitals - Outpatient Services - Off-Site Facility - Rate Regulation SUPPORT

House Bill 482 - Criminal Law - Synthetic Cannabinoids - Labeling SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 483 - Criminal Law - Controlled Dangerous Substance - "N-Bomb" SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 509 - Maryland False Claims Act of 2013 LETTER OF CLARIFICATION

House Bill 528 - Vehicle Laws - Prohibition Against Smoking in Vehicle Containing Young Child SUPPORT

House Bill 581 - Hospitals - Establishment of Palliative Care Programs - Required SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS SENATE TESTIMONY

House Bill 630 - Rules of Interpretations - Interpretation of 'Physician' - Inclusion of Advanced Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant OPPOSED

House Bill 664 - Workers' Compensation Commission - Regulation of Charges - Medical Services and Treatment OPPOSE

House Bill 683 - Tobacco Taxes - Health Maryland Initiative SUPPORT

House Bill 686 - Professional Boards Special Funds - Transfer of Funds - Three-Fifths Committee Vote SUPPORT

House Bill 712 - Health Occupation Boards - Criminal History Records Checks - General Authority SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 716 - Drug Therapy Managment - Physician Pharmacist Agreements SUPPORT

House Bill 723 - Health Occupations - Physician Assistants - Authority to Practice SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 746 - Health Occupations - Licensed Podiatrists - 
Scope of Practice
OPPOSE

House Bill 753 - Motor Vehicles - Use of Wireless Communication Device - Prohibited Acts, Enforcement, and Penalties SUPPORT

House Bill 774 - Labor and Employment - Health Care Facilities - Workplace Violence Prevention Program SUPPORT

House Bill 775 - Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Act SUPPORT

House Bill 798 - Environment - Radiation Sources - Podiatry and Chiropractic Radiation Machines SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 808 - Health Insurance Carriers - Prompt Payment of Claims - Workers' Compensation Claims OPPOSE

House Bill 810 - Mental Health Professionals - Duty to Report Risk of Serious Harm - Firearm Safety OPPOSE

House Bill 821 - Courts and Judicial Proceedings - Communications Between Patient and Psychiatrist of Licensed Psychologist - Exceptions to Privilege SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 829 - Correctional Services - Pregnant Detainees and Inmates - Restraint Restrictions and Reporting SUPPORT SENATE TESTIMONY

House Bill 851 - Criminal Law - Synthetic Cannabinoids - Penalties SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 855 - Student Health and Fitness Act SUPPORT

House Bill 869 - Community Health Resources Commission - Revisions SUPPORT

House Bill 876 - Child Abuse - Failure to Report - Civil Penalty, Fund, and Task Force OPPOSE

House Bill 897 - Professional Licensing and Certification Governing Bodies - Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training and Discipline SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 899 - State Board of Physicians - Disciplinary and Licensure Procedures - Revision SUPPORT

House Bill 900 - Maryland Board of Physicians - Failure to Renew a License or Misrepresntation as a Licensed Person - Penalties SUPPORT

House Bill 912 -Driver Education Program - Classroom Instruction - Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Education SUPPORT

House Bill 931 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 980 - Maryland Board of Physicians - Authority to Issue Temporary Licenses and Radiataion Therapy, Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Radiology Assistance Advisory Committee SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 986 - State Board of Pharmacy - Sterile Compounding - Permits SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS 

House Bill 1001 - Health Insurance - Federal and State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Laws - Report on Compliance SUPPORT

House Bill 1014 - Nonpublic Schools - Epinephrine Availability and Use - Policy and Immunity SUPPORT

House Bill 1015 - Health Insurance - Step Therapy or Fail-First Protocol SUPPORT

House Bill 1029 - State Board of Physicians - Naturopathic Doctors OPPOSE

House Bill 1042 - Hospitals - Credentialing and Privileging Process - Telemedicine SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 1062 - Hospitals - Notice to Patients - Outpatient Status and Billing Implications SUPPORT

House Bill 1096 - State Board of Physicians and Allied Health Advisory Committees - Sunset Extension and Program EvaluationSUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 1114 - Health Care Malpractice - Awards and Judgments - Periodic Payments SUPPORT

House Bill 1115 - Health Occupations Boards - License Renewal, Investigation of Alleged Violations, and Immunity from LiabilitySUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 1117 - Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance - Mandatory Coverage - Medical and Hospital Benefits SUPPORT

House Bill 1151 - State Board of Nursing - Certified Nurse-Midwives - Standards and Practice Guidelines OPPOSE

House Bill 1156 - Maryland Contributory Negligence Act SUPPORT

House Bill 1159 - Electric Companies - Service Restoration - Prioritized Facilities SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 1160 - Health Insurance - Vision Services - Provider Contracts and Delivery Systems SUPPORT

House Bill 1182 - Courts - Commission to Study Maryland's Fault Allocation System SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 1185 - Criminal Law - Second Degree Assault - Health Care Practitioners SUPPORT

House Bill 1216 - Health Insurance - Federal and State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Laws - Consumer Bill of Rights SUPPORT

House Bill 1252Health Insurance - Federal and State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Laws - Utilization review Criteria and Standards SUPPORT

House Bill 1265 - Patient Safety Early Intervention Programs SUPPORT

House Bill 1270 - Health Care Facilities and Pharmacies - Sale of Tobacco SUPPORT

House Bill 1296 - State Board of Physicians - Quasi-Judicial Powers - Revision SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 1310 - Health Care Malpractice Claims - Definition of "Health Care Provider" SUPPORT SENATE TESTIMONY

House Bill 1313 - State Board of Physicians - Consultation, Qualification for Licensure, License Renewal, and Representation to the Public SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 1316 - Postjudgment Interest - Medical Injury SUPPORT

House Bill 1343 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Workgroup on Cancer Clusters and Environmental Causes of Cancer SUPPORT HOUSE TESTIMONY

House Bill 1356 - Health Care Practitioners - Identification Badge SUPPORT

House Bill 1389 - Workers' Compensation - Reimbursement for Drugs - Fee Schedule and Requirements OPPOSE

House Bill 1417 - Public Schools - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Instruction - Graduation Requirement SUPPORT

 

SENATE BILLS

Senate Bill 30 - Vehicle Laws - Prohibition Against Smoking in Vehicle Containing Young Child SUPPORT

Senate Bill 40 - Motor Vehicle Administration - Organ Donation - Presumed Consent (Patricia Hanberry Gift of Life Act) OPPOSE

Senate Bill 51 - Employment Contracts - Noncompetition Covenant - Conditions Affecting Enforcement OPPOSE

Senate Bill 79 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Advisory Councils - Renaming and Termination SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 44 - Occupational and Professional Licensing - Military Training and Military Spouses SUPPORT

Senate Bill 87 - Vehicle Laws - Seat Belts and Child Safety Seats SUPPORT HOUSE TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 94 - Child Abuse and Neglect - Notice and Reporting Requirements, Disclosure, and Task Force OPPOSE

Senate Bill 109 - Criminal Law - Controlled Dangerous Substances - Research - Synthetic Cannabinoids SUPPORT

Senate Bill 114 - Health - Pregnant Women - Hepatitis B Testing LETTER OF INFORMATION HOUSE LETTER OF INFORMATION

Senate Bill 151 - Hospitals - Outpatient Services - Off-Site Facility - Rate Regulation SUPPORT HOUSE TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 192 - Vehicle Laws - Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts - Penalty SUPPORT

Senate Bill 213 - Emergency Medical Services - Automated External Defibrillators - Immunity from Liability  SUPPORT

Senate Bill 246 - Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exceptions OPPOSE

Senate Bill 247 - Worker's Compensation - Payment for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions - Limitations OPPOSE

Senate Bill 273 - Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 SUPPORT

Senate Bill 274 - Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 339 - Motor Vehicles - Use of Wireless Communication Device - Prohibited Acts, Enforcement, and Penalties SUPPORT

Senate Bill 372 - Health Occupation Boards - Criminal History Records Checks - General Authority SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 380 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Workgroup on Cancer Clusters and Environmental Causes of Cancer SUPPORT HOUSE TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 386 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Study of Paratransit Services for Dialysis Patients SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 401 - Pharmacists - Administration of Vaccines - Expanded Authority and Reporting Requirements OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

Senate Bill 460 - Health Occupations - Physician Assistants - Authority to Practice SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 488 - Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition SUPPORT

Senate Bill 496 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 512 - Health Care Practitioners - Identification Badge SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 541 - Health Occupations - Licensed Podiatrists - Scope of Practice OPPOSE

Senate Bill 550 - State Board of Physicians - Disciplinary and Licensure Procedures - Revision SUPPORT

Senate Bill 557 - Medical Records - Disclosure in Response to Compulsory Process - Requirements SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 570 - Professional Licensing and Certification Governing Bodies - Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training and Discipline SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 581 - Health Insurance - Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act - Consumer Bill of Rights SUPPORT

Senate Bill 582 - Health Insurance - Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act - Utilization Review Criteria and Standards SUPPORT

Senate Bill 585 - Health Insurance - Federal and State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Laws - Report on Compliance SUPPORT

Senate Bill 593 - Health Occupations Boards - License Renewal, Investigation of Alleged Violations, and Immunity from Liability SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 608 - Environment - Radiation Sources - Podiatry and Chiropractic Radiation Machines SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 617 - Drug Therapy Management - Physician-Pharmacist Agreements SUPPORT

Senate Bill 618 - Public Health - Baby Bumper Pads - Restrictions on Sale OPPOSE

Senate Bill 651 - Criminal Law - Synthetic Cannaabinoids - Penalties SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 672 - State Board of Physicians and Allied Health Advisory Committees - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 675 - Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Act SUPPORT

Senate Bill 690 - Maryland Board of Physicians - Failure to Renew a License or Misrepresentation as a Licensed Person - Penalties SUPPORT

Senate Bill 700 - Tobacco Taxes - Health Maryland Initiative SUPPORT

Senate Bill 717 - Workers' Compensation Commission - Regulation of Charges - Medical Services and Treatment OPPOSE

Senate Bill 746 - Health Insurance - Step Therapy or Fail-First Protocol SUPPORT

Senate Bill 747 - Rules of Interpretations - Interpretation of 'Physician' - Inclusion of Advanced Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant OPPOSED

Senate Bill 760 - State Board of Nursing - Certified Nurse-Midwives - Standards and Practice Guidelines OPPOSE

Senate Bill 768 - Organ Donation Driver Education Act of 2013 SUPPORT

Senate Bill 769 - Health Benefit Plans - Proposed Rate Increases - Notice to Insureds SUPPORT

Senate Bill 771 - Postjudgment Interest - Medical Injury SUPPORT

Senate Bill 781 - Pharmacists - Biosimilar Biological Products - Substitutions SUPPORT HOUSE TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 783 - State Board of Physicians Naturopathic Doctors OPPOSE

Senate Bill 798 - Hospitals - Credentialing and Privileging Process - Telemedicine SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 804 - Labor and Employment - Health Care Facilities - Workplace Violence Prevention Program SUPPORT

Senate Bill 815 - Nonpublic Schools - Epinephrine Availability and Use - Policy and Immunity SUPPORT

Senate Bill 819 - Maryland Contributory Negligence Act SUPPORT

Senate Bill 881 - Community Health Resources Commission - Revisions SUPPORT

Senate Bill 896 - State Board of Pharmacy - Sterile Compounding - Permits SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 904 - Health Insurance - Vision Services - Provider Contracts and Delivery Systems SUPPORT

Senate Bill 929 - Public Schools - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Instruction - Graduation Requirement SUPPORT

Senate Bill 954 - Maryland Board of Physicians - Authority to Issue Temporary Licenses and Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Radiology Assistance Advisory Committee SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS 

Senate Bill 977 - Task Force to Evaluate Regional Health Delivery and Health Planning in Rural Areas SUPPORT HOUSE TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 981 - State Board of Physicians - Quasi-Judicial Powers - Revision SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS


 OTHER TESTIMONY

Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, Subcommittee on Health and Human Services - Community Health Resources Commission Budget Hearing