Skip to Content


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1438         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1076

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

_________________

PRESENTED BY:

Richard T. Moore

_______________

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to promote the elimination of waste in certain state facilities.

_______________

PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Richard T. Moore

Worcester and Norfolk

Jason Lewis

 

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1438        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1076

By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1076) of Richard T. Moore, Jason M. Lewis, Barry R. Finegold, James B. Eldridge and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote the elimination of waste in certain state facilities.  Public Health. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1152 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

_______________

In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

_______________

 

An Act to promote the elimination of waste in certain state facilities.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out section 25I, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

              Section 25I.  The department, in conjunction with the board of registration in pharmacy and the division of medical assistance, shall establish and implement methods to reduce medication waste in facilities licensed by the departments of public health, mental health and corrections. The department shall establish such methods, based on its review, that are determined to be effective in reducing waste without imposing unreasonable costs on the health care delivery system. Such methods may be based on, but not be limited to, the following: (1) current technology, standards and reimbursement mechanisms for dispensing and distributing medications to facilities; (2) other states' requirements for limiting prescription drug waste and any cost savings realized; (3) the commonwealth's standards for the return and re-dispensing of patient-specific schedule VI prescription drugs; and (4) possible incentive mechanisms to prevent the creation of prescription drug waste. The department shall promulgate regulations to implement this section.

              SECTION 2.  The fifth paragraph of section 70E of said chapter 111, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

              (p) to obtain from the facility in charge of the patient’s care, upon discharge, any bulk medications that were prescribed for the patient during the patient’s stay including, but not limited to, aerosol inhalers, topical products such as creams and powders eye drops, insulins and special order items, provided that any such items are patient specific and personal and would not otherwise be used in the treatment of another patient.  Upon discharge from the hospital, these bulk items shall be considered the personal property of the patient and at the prescribing physician’s discretion may include in discharge orders that the patient be provided with the specific bulk products that were used in the hospital with use directions.  The department shall promulgate regulations to implement this section.

              SECTION 3.  The department of public health, in consultation with the board of registration in pharmacy shall, as  shall provide to the joint committee on health care financing and the joint committee on public health, on or before  April 1, 2014 a report and legislative recommendations relative to issues of implementation of  the programs established under subsection p of section 70E of chapter 111 and section 25I of chapter 111, including, but not limited to: savings and costs related to the implementation of the programs established and recommendations related to penalties for violations of subsection p of section 70E of chapter 111 and section 25I of chapter 111. 

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

Error