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Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill changes the name of the Utah Telehealth Commission to the Utah Digital
             10      h [ Healthcare ] HEALTH SERVICE h Commission to better reflect the role of the commission in the
             10a      digitization
             11      of medicine.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    amends the name of the Utah Telehealth Commission to the Utah Digital h [ Healthcare ]
             14a      HEALTH SERVICE h
             15      Commission.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          26-9f-101, as enacted by Chapter 263, Laws of Utah 2000
             23          26-9f-102, as enacted by Chapter 263, Laws of Utah 2000
             24          26-9f-103, as enacted by Chapter 263, Laws of Utah 2000
             25          63-55-226, as last amended by Chapters 152 and 155, Laws of Utah 2002
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 26-9f-101 is amended to read:

             29a      ACT
             30           26-9f-101. Title.
             31          This chapter is known as the "Utah [Telehealth] Digital h [ Healthcare ] HEALTH SERVICE h
             31a      Commission Act."
             32          Section 2. Section 26-9f-102 is amended to read:
             33           26-9f-102. Definitions.
             34          As used in this chapter:
             35          (1) "Commission" means the Utah [Telehealth] Digital h [ Healthcare ] HEALTH SERVICE h
             35a      Commission created
             36      in Section 26-9f-103 .
             37          (2) "Telehealth" means the electronic transfer or exchange of medically related data for
             38      diagnosis, treatment, consultation, educational, or other related purposes.
             39          Section 3. Section 26-9f-103 is amended to read:
             40           26-9f-103. Utah Digital h [ Healthcare ] Health Service h Commission.
             41          (1) There is created within the department the Utah [Telehealth] Digital h [ Healthcare ]
             41a      HEALTH SERVICE h
             42      Commission.
             43          (2) The governor shall appoint 11 members to the commission with the consent of the
             44      Senate, as follows:
             45          (a) a physician who is involved in telehealth;
             46          (b) a representative of a licensed health care facility as defined in Section 26-21-2 ;
             47          (c) a representative of rural Utah, which may be a person nominated by an advisory
             48      committee on rural health issues created pursuant to Section 26-1-20 ;
             49          (d) a member of the public who is not involved with telehealth; and
             50          (e) seven members:
             51          (i) selected from a list of three nominees for each open position submitted by the
             52      division over health systems improvement; and
             53          (ii) who fall into one or more of the following categories:
             54          (A) individuals who use telehealth in a public or private institution;
             55          (B) individuals who use telehealth in serving medically underserved populations;
             56          (C) nonphysician health care providers involved in telehealth;
             57          (D) information technology professionals involved in telehealth;

             58          (E) representatives of the health insurance industry; and

             59          (F) telehealth consumer advocates.
             60          (3) (a) The commission shall annually elect a chairperson from its membership.
             61          (b) The commission shall hold meetings at least once every three months. Meetings
             62      may be held from time to time on the call of the chair or a majority of the board members.
             63          (c) Six commission members are necessary to constitute a quorum at any meeting and,
             64      if a quorum exists, the action of a majority of members present shall be the action of the
             65      commission.
             66          (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a commission member shall be
             67      appointed for a three-year term and eligible for two reappointments.
             68          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(a), the governor shall, at the time of appointment
             69      or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of commission members
             70      are staggered so that approximately 1/3 of the commission is appointed each year.
             71          (c) A commission member shall continue in office until the expiration of the member's
             72      term and until a successor is appointed, which may not exceed 90 days after the formal
             73      expiration of the term.
             74          (d) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(c), a commission member who fails to attend 75%
             75      of the scheduled meetings in a calendar year shall be disqualified from serving.
             76          (e) When a vacancy occurs in membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
             77      appointed for the unexpired term.
             78          (5) (a) Board members who are not government employees may not receive
             79      compensation or benefits for the services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in
             80      the performance of their official duties at rates established by the Division of Finance under
             81      Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             82          (b) A commission member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for service to
             83      the commission.
             84          (6) The department shall provide staff support to the commission.
             85          (7) The funding of the commission shall be a separate line item to the department in
             86      the annual appropriations act.
             87          Section 4. Section 63-55-226 is amended to read:
             88           63-55-226. Repeal dates, Title 26.
             89          (1) Title 26, Chapter 1, Department of Health Organization, is repealed July 1, 2006.

             90          (2) Title 26, Chapter 4, Utah Medical Examiner Act, is repealed July 1, 2010.
             91          (3) Title 26, Chapter 9f, Utah [Telehealth] Digital h [ Healthcare ] HEALTH SERVICE h
             91a      Commission, is repealed
             92      July 1, 2005.
             93          (4) Title 26, Chapter 10, Family Health Services, is repealed July 1, 2010.
             94          (5) Title 26, Chapter 18, Medical Assistance Act, is repealed July 1, 2004.
             95          (6) Title 26, Chapter 23b, Detection of Public Health Emergencies Act, is repealed July
             96      1, 2004.
             97          (7) Title 26, Chapter 33a, Utah Health Data Authority Act, is repealed July 1, 2004.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-25-03 12:44 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Mixed Membership Committee Note
    as of 12-10-03 1:25 PM

The Utah Technology Commission recommended this bill.
    Membership:        8 legislators    5 non-legislators
    Legislative Vote:    7 voting for    0 voting against    1 absent

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