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General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 6623

January Session, 2005

 

LCO No. 5130

 

*05130HB06623PH_*

Referred to Committee on Public Health

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH )

 

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PRESCRIPTION DRUG ACADEMIC DETAILING PILOT PROGRAM.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than January 1, 2006, The University of Connecticut Health Center shall establish and operate a two-year pilot program, in not more than two municipalities, to allow appropriately qualified and trained academic detailers to visit licensed physicians in their offices to provide unbiased, evidence-based information on the diagnosis and treatment of selected illnesses, including information pertaining to the use of pharmaceuticals to assist the physicians in improving the quality of patient care and making cost-effective prescribing decisions for various diseases, while simultaneously focusing on patient outcomes. The program shall target illnesses based on explicit criteria such as practice variation, patient outcomes, resource utilization, the availability of clinical guidelines based on systematic reviews of randomized trials with consistent results and opportunities for improvement. The health center shall consider the following criteria in selecting physicians to participate in the program: (1) The nature of the clinical issue being addressed; (2) whether the physician has a sufficient number of patients whose care involves the specific clinical issue; and (3) whether the physician has an opportunity for improved performance by participating in the program.

(b) The University of Connecticut Health Center shall evaluate the pilot program established under this section and shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, not later than December 31, 2008, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

(c) For purposes of this section, "appropriately qualified and trained academic detailer" means an advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant with at least five years of clinical experience who has received training in quality improvement and health communications and who participates in ongoing training with respect to each clinical guideline that is being promoted by the program.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To provide physicians with unbiased drug information in order to reduce pharmaceutical costs, reduce disparities in treatment and encourage the use of the most cost-effective medication in a given class of drugs.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. NARDELLO, 89th Dist.

H.B. 6623