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Health Law Section Report – September-December 2019

  • On September 16, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1462(a), the Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, published an adoption of a correction to an error in the text of the definition of “nurse delegation” in the definitions set forth in N.J.A.C. 10:60-1.2. During the comment period, Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) submitted a comment pertaining to the definition of nurse delegation. As part of the comment, DRNJ requested DMAHS to add “pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:37-6.2” after “selected nursing tasks” to clarify what selected nursing tasks referred to (see Comment 16). DMAHS agreed to the change; however, in making the addition upon adoption, DMAHS inadvertently added the cross-reference as “N.J.A.C. 10:37-6.2.” The adoption corrects the error and inputs pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:37-6.2.

  • On October 7, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1493(a), the Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, published a rule proposal for a new chapter, N.J.A.C. 10:52B, to implement The County Option Hospital Fee Pilot Program. The purpose of the pilot program is to increase financial resources through the Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare program to support local hospitals in providing necessary services to low-income residents. The pilot program shall be in effect for a period of five years from April 30, 2019 and will end on April 30, 2024.

  • On October 7, 2019, at 51 N.J.R 1514(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Medical Examiners, adopted an amendment to the athletic trainer continuing legal education requirement at N.J.A.C. 13:35-10.21, to require one credit in topics concerning prescription opioid drugs, including the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion, commencing with the biennial renewal period beginning on February 1, 2019.

  • On October 7, 2019, at 51 N.J.R 1546(a), the Commissioner of the Department of Health published a notice of petition for rulemaking submitted by the New Jersey Hospital Association to make certain amendments to N.J.A.C. 8:43G Hospital Licensing Standards, Subchapter 14 Infection Control, N.J.A.C. 8:43G-14.9, Sepsis protocols, as recommended by CMS and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, known as Sepsis-1.

  • On October 21, 2019 at 51 N.J.R. 1568(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, published a proposal to amend rules for supervision of licensed physical therapy assistants to clarify the record keeping regulations (N.J.A.C. 13:39A-7.2 and 7.3) in a manner that in the event patient records are maintained on computer recordkeeping systems that do not permit a supervising licensed physical therapist to sign a licensed physical therapist assistant’s notes, the supervising licensed physical therapist will be able to enter a separate note in the record indicating that he or she reviewed the licensed physical therapist assistant’s notes or the plan of care with the physical therapist assistant. This is meant to avoid a de facto dual signature requirement.

  • On November 4, 2019 at 51 N.J.R. 1597(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Medical Examiners proposed amendments to its existing rules concerning graduate medical education programs in order to update the eligibility requirements for graduates of international medical schools who seek licensure or authorization to engage in the practice of medicine as residents. The proposed amendments would replace outdated restrictions on graduates of international medical schools pursuing licensure or authorization in New Jersey and allow the Board to rely on recognized accrediting bodies for international medical schools that adhere to standards substantially similar to the bodies that accredit domestic medical schools. By expanding eligibility, the proposed amendments may positively affect the supply of physicians practicing in the State. The proposal seeks to amend N.J.A.C. 13:35-1.5, 3.11, and 3.11A.

  • On November 4, 2019 at 51 N.J.R. 1600(a) the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee (Committee) proposes new rules to effectuate the provisions of the telemedicine and telehealth statute for licensed audiologists and/or speech-language pathologists. The proposed new rules would be codified at N.J.A.C. 13:44C-11.

  • On November 18, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1638(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Dentistry, proposed amendments, repeals, and new rules to: 1) implement new laws; 2) update rules, terminology, citations, website addresses, and the names of the licensure examinations; and 3) clarify and codify current standards of practice and licensure and registration requirements. The rulemaking reflects updates related to statutory changes, additions to enhance the safety of patients receiving dental services and those working in the profession, and identifies continuing education courses that must be completed in each renewal period. In response to adverse incident reports and news articles from across the country, the Board is proposing amendments to the sedation rules to enhance the safety of patients receiving dental services. Because the Board is seeing incidents of trained individuals achieving a deeper level of sedation than intended, the Board wants to provide more guidance to the regulated community as to what is expected so as to enhance patient safety. See N.J.A.C. 13:30. Comments due January 17, 2020.

  • On November 18, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1664(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Acupuncture Examining Board (Board) proposed to amend N.J.A.C. 13:35-9.20 to require licensed acupuncturists to hold current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) as part of continuing education required to renew licensure. The certification must be from the American Heart Association, or a substantially similar course approved by the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, Coyne First Aid, Inc., American Safety and Health Institute, EMP International Inc., or EMS Safety Services Inc. In recognition of the hours required to obtain the certification, the Board proposes to reduce the number of required continuing education hours from 30 to 26. The Board is changing the total credits that could be obtained by certain methods to reflect that half of the total required hours will be 13 rather than 15. The Board also proposes to allow licensees who complete more than the continuing education hours required to renew licensure to apply those additional hours to the immediately succeeding biennial license renewal period. See N.J.A.C. 13:35-9.20.

  • On November 18, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1666(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy proposed amendments that would require applicants for licensure and licensed massage and bodywork therapists to physically attend CPR, first aid, and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) courses, would require licensed massage and bodywork therapists to complete continuing education in laws and rules pertinent to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy, and would end recognition of continuing education courses provided by schools, colleges, or universities. See N.J.A.C. 13:37A-2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.1, and 4.2.

  • On November 18, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1674(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board Of Marriage And Family Therapy Examiners, Art Therapists Advisory Committee adopted new rules at N.J.A.C. 13:34D requiring licensure of art therapists and providing rules governing licensed art therapists. The new rules require licensed art therapists to preserve the confidentiality of information obtained from a client in the course of professional treatment unless disclosure is required by Federal law and requires an art therapist whose client has explicitly waived the art therapist-client confidentiality privilege to release client information to a third-party payor whose benefit plan is qualified under the Federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). In addition, the new regulations provide that failure to comply with Federal laws related to the practice of art therapy will be deemed professional misconduct. See N.J.A.C. 13:34D.

  • On November 18, 2019, 51 N.J.R. 1688(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy readopted rules with amendments, adopted repeals and new rules regarding licensure, reinstatement and reporting of misconduct, record keeping and business registration. See N.J.A.C. 3:37A.

  • On November 18, 2019, 51 N.J.R. 1691(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Orthotics and Prosthetics Board adopted a new rule regarding the abandonment of license applications due to incomplete information on the application or a one year lapse in submission of information requested by the Board. See N.J.A.C. 13:44H-3.5A.

  • On November 18, 2019, 51 N.J.R. 1691(b), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Orthotics and Prosthetics Board adopted a new rule to implement the telemedicine statute and to permit the use of telemedicine and telehealth by licensed orthotist, orthotist assistant, pedorthist, prosthetist, prosthetist assistant, prosthetist-orthotist, or prosthetist-orthotist assistant. See N.J.A.C. 13:44H-11.

  • On December 2, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1761(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board Of Marriage And Family Therapy Examiners, Alcohol & Drug Counselor Committee adopted amendments to the rules regarding who may provide clinical supervision to interns and counselors. See N.J.A.C. 13:34C-6.2, 6.2A, and 6.3.

  • On December 2, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1806(a), the Commissioner of the Department of Health published a notice of action on rulemaking by announcing that more time is required for deliberating on the adoption of new sepsis protocols for hospitals, as proposed on October 7, 2019 at 51 N.J.R 1546(a).

  • On December 16, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1841(a), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners proposed an amendment and new rule recognizing the provisions of the Compact privileges that would require physical therapists and physical therapist assistants working in New Jersey, under Compact privileges, to comply with Board rules, except for those governing credentialing of applicants, license renewal, and continuing education. The proposed amendment and new rule require those seeking to work in New Jersey, pursuant to Compact privileges, to pass the State jurisprudence examination and to pay the Compact privilege fee ($40).

  • On December 16, 2019, at 51 N.J.R. 1849(ab), the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Medical Examiners adopted amendments to the rules regarding continuing medical education that would permit up to 10 hours volunteer medical service to uninsured low income patients to count towards the required CME requirement. See N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.15.

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