HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

 

 

February 18, 2003   Hearing Room 357

1:00 P.M. Tapes  43 - 45

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Max Williams, Chair

Rep. Robert Ackerman, Vice-Chair

Rep. Gordon Anderson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jeff Barker

Rep. Jerry Krummel

Rep. Greg Macpherson

Rep. Floyd Prozanski

Rep. Lane Shetterly

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Bill Joseph, Counsel

Danelle Romain, Extern, Acting Counsel

Nancy Massee, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                HB 2305 Public Hearing

                                                HB 2306 Public Hearing

                                                HB 2307 Public Hearing

                                                HB 2308 Pubic Hearing

                                                HB 2309 Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

Tape 43, A

006

Chair Williams

Opens meeting at 1:12 P.M.  Opens public hearing on HB 2305.

HB 2305 PUBLIC HEARING

006

Danelle Romain

Acting Counsel. Explains HB 2305 that relates to health information; creates new provisions, and amends ORS’s.

034

Neil Bryant

Former Senator from Bend and Chair of the HIPAA work group.  Submits testimony and explains the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) bills (EXHIBIT A). Describes the work group that studied HB’s 2305, 2306, 2307, 2308, and 2309. Says the HIPAA bills deal with privacy issues. 

099

Chair Williams

Opens additional public hearings on HB’s 2306, 2307, 2308 and 2309.

HB 2306, HB 2307, HB 2308, HB 2309 PUBLIC HEARINGS

111

Bryant

Continues discussing the bills. Suggests continuing the work group to review how the implementation is working.

 149

Rep. Krummel

Asks about the health records in school districts.  

160

Bryant

Tries to explain the differences between education records and health records.  School nurse programs and school clinics mentioned as health rather than education records.  School districts need a HIPAA audit.  Health records must comply with HIPAA disclosure requirements.

194

Rep. Krummel

Asks if Congress is considering implementation delay recognizing that some states and providers cannot meet the April 14 deadline.

200

Bryant

Answers, they are asking for extended time which as yet has not been granted.

212

Chair Williams

Asks testimony to now focus on HB 2305.

223

Gwen Dayton

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Counsel submits testimony (EXHIBIT B). Describes HIPAA pre-emption. Describes how the work group looked for Oregon laws that allow release of protected health information that was contrary to HIPAA.   States the group declined writing HIPAA into state law. Cites Humphers v First Interstate Bank.

360

Ronald Marcum

Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). Chief Medical Information Officer Introduces -1 amendment (EXHIBIT C).  Submits testimony and testifies in support of HB 2305 (EXHIBIT D).    

380

Dayton

Refers to HB 2305 analysis. Discusses HIPAA pre-emption and Oregon laws that implement the release of protective information contrary to HIPAA. Gives examples of laws. 

420

Dayton

Discusses ORS 192.25 and existing statute that does not comply with HIPAA.  Explains the re-writing of 192.25 that implements HIPAA. 

TAPE 44, A

045

Marcum

Continues explaining sections of HB 2305. Emphasizes the tight timeframe.  Says there will be no extension.

061

Rep. Krummel

Asks how written records would be handled.

064

Marcum

Answers that the privacy rules address health information in any form: oral, written, or recorded.  Electronic records are handled from a technical perspective.

100

Dayton

Discusses the minimum requirements needed for treatment.

110

Paul Frisch

Lawyer for Oregon Medical Association and Vice Chair for the SB 104 committee. Describes the HIPAA forum of associations. States the major concern is that the commerce and medical information will not be ready by April 14 deadline.  Supports HB 2306, 2307, and 2308.  Emphasizes the April 14 deadline for the federal legislation.

155

Leonard Hagen

Legislative Affairs, Regence Blue Cross-Blue Shield. SB 104 Advisory committee member.   Submits testimony and -1 amendments (EXHIBITS E and F). 

180

Hagen

Explains the need for privacy standards across the state. Refers to key elements: covered entities and business associates, type of information, use and disclosure, minimum necessary rule, individual rights, and administrative requirements.  

217

Hagen

Explains the diagram, Exhibit E. Explains privacy standards.

242

Hagen

Continues discussing the key elements and the diagram.  Discusses authorization and disclosures. Summarizes a general synopsis of HIPAA.  Summarizes the Graham, Leach, Briley Act, Financial Services or Institutional Modernization Act, of 1999. 

310

Hagen

Refers to page 9 of Exhibit E,  ORS Ch 743 and Ch 746.  Discusses Oregon’s privacy laws. Refers to p 10. Oregon has insurers and organizations that provide functions. 

330

Hagen

Explains the difference between Oregon laws and HIPAA. Says the work group tried to make the law more consistent with HIPAA. 

425

Jane Meyers

Oregon Dental Association.  Testifies on HB 2305. Has a concern that it excludes the “dental only” plans. Has a concern with the authorization form.

435

Chair Williams

Announces meeting in Legislative Counsel to address HIPAA on Thursday.

TAPE 43, B

051

Richard Lane

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Submits testimony and refers to HB 2305 thru 2309 (EXHIBIT G).  Opposes some parts of each bill.  Refers to SB 104 establishing the committee to address HIPAA.  Highlights inconsistencies of these bills with the federal law. 

100

Lane

Discusses how federal law works in relation to state law.  Compares HB 2305 to HIPAA regulations.  HB 2305 is narrower than the federal rule. Points out other drawbacks in HB 2305. Says the cost provision does not conform to the federal provisions. HB 2305 omits “notice” provisions.

241

Rep. Prozanski

Asks what the points of contention are.

245

Lane

Answers he has set out where HB 2305 does not comply with the federal law. It does not include “clearing houses.” Proceeds with additional exclusions.  Suggests adopting HIPAA as state law.

285

Bryant

States all amendments today were from the committee. Comments that the work group meetings were public and posted.  The procedures and Practices sections of the Oregon State Bar attended the meetings.  Refers to letter from Procedures and Practices Executive Committee (EXHIBIT H) that was concerned with disclosures being consistent with state and federal laws.

319

Dayton

Comments that some technical fixes are addressed in the amendments.  Comments on the broader issue about number of protections in HIPAA, not in state law. Discusses patients’ rights.  

354

Rep. Shetterly

Requests that the finished product in ORS be compatible with federal law. 

416

Chair Williams

Announces that these bills will not be passed today, but need to be passed soon.  Closes public hearing on HB 2305. 

TAPE  44, B

018

Leonard Hagen

Legislative Representative. Regence Blue Cross-Blue Shield. Discusses definitions in HB 2306. Discusses how the bill moves towards consistencies in definitions with HIPAA.  Explains subsections of the bill. 

072

Richard Lane

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.  Addresses HB 2306 on page 1, line 9.

130

Rep. Shetterly

Comments that the challenge is knowing what is in federal law and state law.

149

Lane

States that these proposed bills create inconsistencies with the federal law.

155

Hagen

Says HIPAA deals with self-insured employers, providers, and health plans.

176

Chair Williams

Closes public hearing on HB 2306.  Proceeds with public hearing on HB 2307.

178

Gwen Dayton

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. States that HB 2307 looks at ORS 179.505.  Explains -1 and -2 amendments (EXHIBITS K & L)   Clarifies tthe definition of “provider.”  Explains further clarifications.

267

Scott Taylor

Assistant Director, Correctional Programs, Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC).  Supports HB 2307 (EXHIBIT I).

284

Rep. Jenson

Refers to page 5 of HB 2307.  Asks about protecting public safety.

301

Dayton

Responds that HIPAA does provide protection of records if harmful to the patient.  Discusses psycho-therapy notes.

320

Rep. Jenson

States his concern is whether a psychotherapist's records are protected even if that information indicates there might be danger to the public.

330

Dayton

Replies that there is a provision that allows the release of protected health information as necessary to avert a serious threat to health or safety.

337

Chair Williams

Asks counsel to locate the bill that was addressed last session to provide public safety.

341

Dr. Kitchen

Medical Director, Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities.  Submits testimony and says he supports the HB 2307 -2 amendments (EXHIBIT J).  Explains changes in Section 3, page 5, of HB 2307, which does not include certain representatives.

390

Rep. Shetterly

Understands that under HIPAA, privacy rights do not die with the person.

410

Chair Williams

Asks for a closer look at this.

420

Rep. Krummel

Asks about guardian or health care representative.

450

Dr. Kitchen

Discusses power of attorney for health care has been put into ORS 127, now called a health care representative.

467

Lane

Discusses psychotherapy records. Discusses how HB 2307 does not conform to federal regulations.

TAPE 45, A

040

Rep. Krummel

Refers to the health and safety threat by patients under psychotherapy.

045

Lane

Responds that there are HIPAA emergency standards.  HIPAA provides for protecting the health and safety of the public.

048

Chair Williams

Closes public hearing on HB 2307, HB 2308, and HB 2309.  States that these hearings will be rescheduled. Reminds everyone that Thursday, February 20, there is a meeting on HIPAA issues in Legislative Counsel.

055

Chair Williams

Adjourns meeting at 3:05 P.M.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2305, HB 2306, HB 2307, HB 2308, HB 2309, written testimony, N. Bryant, 9 pp

B – HB 2305, written testimony, G. Dayton, 2 pp

C – HB 2305-1 amendments, staff, 1 p

D – HB 2305, written testimony, R. Marcum, 4 pp

E – HB 2306, L. Hagen, written testimony, 13 pp

F – HB 2306-1, amendments, staff, 1 p

G – HB 2305 –HB 2309, written testimony, R. Lane, 11 pp

H – HB 2305 – HB 2309, letter, OSB, 1 p

I – HB 2307 – Written testimony, S. Taylor, 1 p

J – HB 2307 – Written testimony, T. Kitchen, 3 pp

K – HB 2307-1 amendments, 1 p

 L – HB 2307-2, amendments, 2 pp