Sessions of the Nevada Legislature are held every two years and the most recent one, beginning in February 2013, covered a variety of topics and possible legislation that affect many in Nevada. The following gives a brief summary of some Nevada medicine bills that were revised or passed during this most recent session.
- Senate Bill 86 amended current Nevada law that required the Department of Health and Human Services to allocate money to certain programs relating to senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease. Senate Bill 86 expanded the expenditures of that money to include not only senior citizens, but persons of any age affected with Alzheimer’s and also included respite care for those with diseases related to dementia.
- Senate Bill 327 revised various parts of Nevada law relating to the practice of telemedicine. Telemedicine is the practice of exchanging medical information electronically in order to improve a patient’s health status, and may include messages on smart phones or technology such as Skype. SB 327 revised the definition of “practice of medicine” to allow those medical professionals to practice medicine without being physically located in the state of Nevada or the country.
- Senate Bill 362 revised provisions of Nevada law that govern nurse staffing ratios for hospitals in Clark and Washoe counties. For instance, SB 362 added certified nursing assistants to those who shall sit on hospital staffing committees and, further, required hospitals to implement written policies for refusals and objections to a work assignment.
- Assembly Bill 73 amended various provisions relating to the practice of chiropractic care in Nevada. For instance, AB 73 clarified the definition of advertising, for use in unprofessional conduct determinations. Likewise, AB 73 added a provision requiring that a candidate sitting for the chiropractic examination must submit a transcript from the school that the candidate obtained his/her doctor of chiropractic.
- Assembly Bill 354 added provisions to chapter 597 of the Nevada Revised Statute. AB 354 banned the manufacture, sale, or distribution of any food container in Nevada made with BPA [Bisphenol A] intended for use by children under the age of 4. BPA is a chemical used to make certain plastics that are often used in food goods. While the effects of BPA exposure are not entirely understood, there has been some research into possible detrimental health effects on the brain and prostate glands of fetuses, infants, and children.
For more information regarding the effective dates of each bill, the Nevada Legislature and past legislative sessions, please visit the Nevada Legislature’s website. The reviews given here are purely informational and do not cover each bill in its entirety.
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