2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Study Pharmaceutical Utilization (language only)

Item 266 #1s

Item 266 #1s

Finance, Secretary of

Page 210, strike lines 38 to 47.
Page 210, following line 47, insert:
" The Secretary of Finance in cooperation with the Secretaries of Administration and Health and Human Resources shall conduct a study of the rising utilization of pharmaceuticals in government funded healthcare programs in Virginia.  The study shall include cost trends, drivers of cost trends, impact that higher utilization has on overall health care, impact that increased pharmeceutical utilization has on the quality of patient care and the future budgetary impact and potential savings to all healthcare segments within government funded health care programs.  The Secretary of Finance shall establish an advisory group to assist in the conduct of the study.  The advisory group shall be comprised of two representatives of patient advocacy organizations selected by the Virginia Quality Health Care Network and one representative from each of the following organizations as selected by the named organizations:  the Medical Society of Virginia, the Old Dominion Medical Society, the Virginia Pharmacists Association, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.  The secretaries shall present their report to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by October 20, 2000."

(This amendment directs the Secretary of Finance to study the rising utilization of pharmaceuticals in government funded health care programs.)