The following is a list of pending policies and legislation that the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is currently engaged in or following:

2019 California Bills

AB 528 (Low): Controlled substances: CURES database
This bill would require a dispensing pharmacy, clinic or other dispensers to report the information required by the CURES database no more than one working day after the controlled substance is dispersed. If passed, would take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

AB 714 (Wood): Opioid prescription drugs: prescribers
This bill would make opioid/naloxone requirements applicable only to a patient receiving a prescription for an opioid or benzodiazepine medication and would make the provisions specific to opioid-induced respiratory depression, opioid overdose, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose prevention, as specified. The bill would exclude from the above-specified provisions requiring prescribers to offer a prescription and provide education prescribers when prescribing, ordering, or administering medications to a patient in an inpatient health facility and prescribers prescribing to a patient in outpatient-based hospice care. The bill would define terms for purposes of those provisions.

AB 888 (Low): Opioid prescriptions: information: nonpharmacological treatments for pain
Expands the requirement that a prescriber discuss the availability of nonpharmacological treatments for pain before writing the first prescription for an opioid to any patient. (Currently applies only to minors.) Replaces current exception for patients with a diagnosis of chronic intractable pain with the exception for patients who are currently receiving hospice care. Requires the prescriber to offer a referral for a provider of nonpharmacological treatments for pain, and to obtain informed written consent from the patient.

SB 305 (Huestro): Access to Cannabis in Healthcare Facilities Act.
This bill, the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law, would require a healthcare facility to allow a patient who is receiving palliative care to use medical cannabis within the healthcare facility, subject to certain restrictions.

HR14 (Eggman): Social Work Month
Would proclaim March 2019 as proclaimed Social Work Month in the State of California.

SCR 18 (Jackson): Pain Awareness Month
Would recognize the month of September 2019 as Pain Awareness Month. The measure would also recognize September 1, 2019, as Women In Pain Awareness Day.

Federal Bills

H.R. 647 – Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)
Author: Engel (D-NY)
Description: Amends the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.
CCCC Position: Support

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