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First Substitute S.B. 197

Senator Allen M. Christensen proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

House Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the preferred drug list provisions of the Medical Assistance Act.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides an additional method for over-riding the preferred drug list for patients
             13      with mental disorders.
             14      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          26-18-2.4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 385
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 26-18-2.4 is amended to read:
             24           26-18-2.4. Medicaid drug program.
             25          (1) A Medicaid drug program developed by the department under Subsection 26-18-2.3

             26      (2)(f):
             27          (a) shall, notwithstanding Subsection 26-18-2.3 (1)(b), be based on clinical and
             28      cost-related factors which include medical necessity as determined by a provider in accordance
             29      with administrative rules established by the Drug Utilization Review Board;
             30          (b) may include therapeutic categories of drugs that may be exempted from the drug
             31      program;
             32          (c) may include placing some drugs[, except psychotropic or anti-psychotic drugs,] on
             33      a preferred drug list to the extent determined appropriate by the department; and
             34          (d) (i) except as prohibited by Subsections 58-17b-606 (4) and (5), shall permit a health
             35      care provider with prescriptive authority to override the restrictions of a preferred drug list
             36      provided that the medical necessity for the override is documented in the patient's medical file
             37      and by handwriting on the prescription "medically necessary - dispense as written"; and
             38          (ii) shall not permit a health care provider with prescriptive authority to override the
             39      restrictions of a preferred drug list with any preprinted instructions for dispense as written, or
             40      no substitutions allowed.
             41          (2) If the department implements a drug program under the provisions of Subsection
             42      (1)(c), the department shall:
             43          (a) determine the percentage of prescriptions that are paid for by the department which
             44      are overrides to the preferred drug list under Subsection (1)(d)(i);
             45          (b) include the information required by Subsection (2)(a) in the report required by
             46      Subsection (2)(c); and
             47          (c) report its findings regarding the drug program to the Legislative Health and Human
             48      Services Interim Committee by August 30, 2008, and to the Legislative Health and Human
             49      Services Appropriations Subcommittee during the 2009 General Session.
             50          (3) (a) In addition to the over-ride of the preferred drug list permitted by Subsection
             51      (1)(d), the department shall permit an over-ride of the preferred drug list for the drug categories
             52      listed in Subsection (3)(b) when:
             53          (i) the drug is prescribed for a mental illness or mental disorder that is included in the
             54      most recent edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; and
             55          (ii) the prescribing practitioner includes on the prescription the appropriate ICD-9 or
             56      ICD-10 code for the patient's mental illness or mental disorder.

             57          (b) The following drug categories are subject to Subsection (3)(a):
             58          (i) typical or atypical anti-psychotic;
             59          (ii) an anti-depressant;
             60          (iii) an anti-convulsant;
             61          (iv) an anti-anxiety drug;
             62          (v) a mood stabilizer; and
             63          (vi) a stimulant.

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