Truly Agreed, 2016

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SB 579, 2016    (New Section - Proposed Language)

208.673. 1. There is hereby established the "Telehealth Services Advisory Committee" to advise the department of social services and propose rules regarding the coverage of telehealth services in the MO HealthNet program utilizing asynchronous store-and-forward technology.
     2. The committee shall be comprised of the following members:
     (1) The director of the MO HealthNet division, or the director's designee;
     (2) The medical director of the MO HealthNet division;
     (3) A representative from a Missouri institution of higher education with expertise in telehealth;
     (4) A representative from the Missouri office of primary care and rural health;
     (5) Two board-certified specialists licensed to practice medicine in this state;
     (6) A representative from a hospital located in this state that utilizes telehealth;
     (7) A primary care physician from a federally qualified health center (FQHC) or rural health clinic;
     (8) A primary care physician from a rural setting other than from an FQHC or rural health clinic;
     (9) A dentist licensed to practice in this state; and
     (10) A psychologist, or a physician who specializes in psychiatry, licensed to practice in this state.
     3. Members of the committee listed in subdivisions (3) to (10) of subsection 2 of this section shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The first appointments to the committee shall consist of three members to serve three-year terms, three members to serve two-year terms, and three members to serve a one-year term as designated by the governor. Each member of the committee shall serve for a term of three years thereafter.
     4. Members of the committee shall not receive any compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for any actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
     5. Any member appointed by the governor may be removed from office by the governor without cause. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the governor shall make an appointment to become effective immediately for the unexpired term.
     6. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable, and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2016, shall be invalid and void.


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