SB 149 Enacts provisions relating to health care technology
Sponsor: Dempsey
LR Number: 0809S.01I Fiscal Note: 0809-01
Committee: Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families
Last Action: 3/24/2009 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families Committee (0809S.03C) Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2009

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SCS/SB 149 - This act enacts provisions relating to health care technology.


This act establishes guidelines for transparency in pricing and quality of health care services. Criteria is established for insurers to use in programs that publicly assess and compare the quality and cost efficiency of health care providers.

A person who sells or distributes health care quality and cost efficiency data in a comparative format to the public is required to identify the source used to confirm the validity of the data and its analysis as an objective indicator of health care quality. This provision does not apply to articles or research studies that are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, nonprofit community-based organizations, or by state or local governments. SECTIONS 191.1005 to 191.1008

These provisions are similar to provisions contained in HCS/HB 497 (2009), HCS/SS/SCS/SB 306 (2009), and SS/SCS/SB 1283 (2008).


This act requires the General Assembly to appropriate 400,000 dollars from the health care technology fund to the department of social services to award a grant to implement an internet web-based primary care access pilot project designed as a collaboration between private and public sectors to connect, where appropriate, a patient with a primary care medical home, and schedule patients into available community-based appointments as an alternative to non-emergency use of the hospital emergency room as consistent with federal law and regulations. The criteria for the grant are specified in the act. SECTION 191.1200

These provisions are similar to provisions contained in HCS/SS/SCS/SB 306 (2009), SS/HB 156 (2009) and SS/SCS/SB 1283 (2008).


This act expresses the state's recognition of the delivery of health care via telehealth as a safe, practical and necessary practice in the state. By January 1, 2010, the Department of Health and Senior Services shall promulgate quality control rules to be used in removing and improving the service of telehealth practitioners. SECTIONS 191.1250 to 191.1277

This act is similar to portions of HB 497(2009) These provisions are similar to provisions contained in HCS/SS/SCS/SB 306 (2009),SS/HB 156 (2009), and SS/SCS/SB 1283 (2008).