PATF Lobbyist Buck Humphrey reports that the Minnesota House and Senate HHS Conference Committee has finalized and adopted the provisions that will be included in the final HHS Omnibus bill they will pass on each floor and send to the governor, SF800.
Humphrey reports that the bill includes opioid labeling language and CMS reimbursement compliance (increase) language. Other provisions of note including the reimbursement of injectables through a PBM, Opioid abuse reduction grants and the 4-day maximum opiate prescription mandate is also included in the final bill. Biosimilars language has been included in HF712; if passed, it will put Minnesota in compliance with similar laws across the U.S.
Once the final bills are passed and sent to Gov. Dayton, the real negotiations will begin. However, the governor also had the provisions we sought in his budget related to CMS reimbursement compliance, so they should not be an issue.