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H.B. 29 Enrolled
This bill changes the name of the Utah Telehealth Commission to the Utah Digital
Health Service Commission to better reflect the role of the commission in the
digitization of medicine.
. amends the name of the Utah Telehealth Commission to the Utah Digital Health
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
Other Special Clauses:
Utah Code Sections Affected:
26-9f-101, as enacted by Chapter 263, Laws of Utah 2000
26-9f-102, as enacted by Chapter 263, Laws of Utah 2000
26-9f-103, as enacted by Chapter 263, Laws of Utah 2000
63-55-226, as last amended by Chapters 152 and 155, Laws of Utah 2002
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 26-9f-101 is amended to read:
This chapter is known as the "Utah [
Section 2. Section 26-9f-102 is amended to read:
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Commission" means the Utah [
created in Section 26-9f-103 .
(2) "Telehealth" means the electronic transfer or exchange of medically related data for
diagnosis, treatment, consultation, educational, or other related purposes.
Section 3. Section 26-9f-103 is amended to read:
26-9f-103. Utah Digital Health Service Commission.
(1) There is created within the department the Utah [
(2) The governor shall appoint 11 members to the commission with the consent of the
Senate, as follows:
(a) a physician who is involved in telehealth;
(b) a representative of a licensed health care facility as defined in Section 26-21-2 ;
(c) a representative of rural Utah, which may be a person nominated by an advisory
committee on rural health issues created pursuant to Section 26-1-20 ;
(d) a member of the public who is not involved with telehealth; and
(e) seven members:
(i) selected from a list of three nominees for each open position submitted by the division
over health systems improvement; and
(ii) who fall into one or more of the following categories:
(A) individuals who use telehealth in a public or private institution;
(B) individuals who use telehealth in serving medically underserved populations;
(C) nonphysician health care providers involved in telehealth;
(D) information technology professionals involved in telehealth;
(E) representatives of the health insurance industry; and
(F) telehealth consumer advocates.
(3) (a) The commission shall annually elect a chairperson from its membership.
(b) The commission shall hold meetings at least once every three months. Meetings may
be held from time to time on the call of the chair or a majority of the board members.
(c) Six commission members are necessary to constitute a quorum at any meeting and, if a
quorum exists, the action of a majority of members present shall be the action of the commission.
(4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a commission member shall be appointed
for a three-year term and eligible for two reappointments.
(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(a), the governor shall, at the time of appointment or
reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of commission members are
staggered so that approximately 1/3 of the commission is appointed each year.
(c) A commission member shall continue in office until the expiration of the member's
term and until a successor is appointed, which may not exceed 90 days after the formal expiration
of the term.
(d) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(c), a commission member who fails to attend 75% of
the scheduled meetings in a calendar year shall be disqualified from serving.
(e) When a vacancy occurs in membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
appointed for the unexpired term.
(5) (a) Board members who are not government employees may not receive
compensation or benefits for the services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
performance of their official duties at rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections
63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
(b) A commission member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for service to
(6) The department shall provide staff support to the commission.
(7) The funding of the commission shall be a separate line item to the department in the
annual appropriations act.
Section 4. Section 63-55-226 is amended to read:
63-55-226. Repeal dates, Title 26.
(1) Title 26, Chapter 1, Department of Health Organization, is repealed July 1, 2006.
(2) Title 26, Chapter 4, Utah Medical Examiner Act, is repealed July 1, 2010.
(3) Title 26, Chapter 9f, Utah [
July 1, 2005.
(4) Title 26, Chapter 10, Family Health Services, is repealed July 1, 2010.
(5) Title 26, Chapter 18, Medical Assistance Act, is repealed July 1, 2004.
(6) Title 26, Chapter 23b, Detection of Public Health Emergencies Act, is repealed July 1,
(7) Title 26, Chapter 33a, Utah Health Data Authority Act, is repealed July 1, 2004.
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