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(By Delegates Perdue, Hatfield, Lawrence, Manypenny, Moye, Perry, D. Poling, Rodighiero, Staggers, Moore, Andes, Lane, C. Miller, J. Miller and Rowan)

[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources; Reported April 8, 2009.]

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on establishing a program to permit medicine aides who are certified to administer certain drugs in licensed nursing homes and other community locations.

HEREAS , Nursing homes and adequate nursing home care are necessary components to the citizens of West Virginia; and
HEREAS , West Virginia is a rapidly aging state; and
WHEREAS, Professional licensed nurses currently administer all medications to nursing home residents, often taking up much of their needed time and expertise; and
HEREAS , More care and attention could be provided to nursing home residents by nurses should medicine be administered by certified medicine aides; and
HEREAS , It is becoming more difficult to recruit and retain adequate nursing home nurses in these settings; and
EREAS , The provision of medication administration by medication aides in additional settings could provide flexibility to individuals with disabilities: and
HEREAS , A certified medicine aide means a person who has been trained and certified by the appropriate authorizing agency, and has completed an authorizing agency approved course of study and training and has met any other requirements determined to be necessary; and
HEREAS , The program shall be developed and conducted by the Legislature in cooperation with the appropriate agencies, advisory bodies and boards in determining recommendations and legislation effectuating this policy; and
HEREAS , Such areas to be addressed shall be, but are not limited to: (1) qualifications of certified medicine aides; (2) instruction and training of certified medicine aides; (3) the establishment of training curricula and competence evaluations for certified medicine aides; (4) the development of an administrative monitoring system and inspections of facilities who permit certified medicine aides to administer medicine; (5) the setting and collecting of fees and (6) other environments in which medication aides could be used to provide medicaton in community settings and any training distinctions needed based on the location and (7) rulemaking; therefore be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study developing a program to permit medicine aides who are certified to administer certain drugs in licensed nursing homes and other settings in the community if determined appropriate; and, be it
Further Resolved,
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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