2006 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare
By: Senator(s) Nunnelee, Dearing, Frazier, Harden, Jackson (11th), Jackson (32nd), Jordan, Walls, Williamson
AN ACT TO CREATE THE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE TASK FORCE; TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE; TO PRESCRIBE THE DUTIES OF THE TASK FORCE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. It is generally recognized that a significant number of the population of the State of Mississippi has a form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), including persons with seriously reduced kidney function that may progress to end stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring kidney dialysis or the receipt of a kidney transplant. ESRD is usually the result of years of CKD caused by diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of CKD as the primary contributing factors. Recognizing that the treatment of CKD is a tremendous expense and that the early diagnosis and effective treatment of CKD can prolong lives and delay the high cost of medical treatment, including dialysis and/or transplantation, and that there are existing, cost-effective laboratory test calculations that can assist in the early diagnosis of CKD, there is created the Mississippi Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force.
SECTION 2. (1) The members of the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Lieutenant Governor and the State Health Officer as follows:
(a) The Speaker and the Lieutenant Governor each shall appoint three (3) physicians from lists submitted by the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association, two (2) of whom shall be family practitioners, two (2) of whom shall be nephrologists and two (2) of whom shall be pathologists.
(b) The Speaker shall appoint one (1) member who represents the state affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation and one (1) member who represents the Department of Nephrology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
(c) The Lieutenant Governor shall appoint one (1) member who represents owners/operators of clinical laboratories in the state and one (1) member who represents a private renal care provider.
(d) The State Health Officer shall appoint one (1) member who is a dietitian licensed by the State of Mississippi.
(2) The State Health Officer or his designee shall serve as chairperson of the task force.
(3) The State Department of Health shall provide meeting facilities for the task force.
SECTION 3. The Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force shall:
(a) Develop a plan to educate health care professionals about the advantages and methods of early screening, diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease and its complications based on the K/DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease or other medically recognized clinical practice guidelines and develop a plan to educate health care professionals about the advantages of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) modality education;
(b) Make recommendations on the implementation of a cost-effective plan for that early screening, diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease for the state's population; and
(c) Issue a report to the membership of the House Public Health and Human Services Committee and the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee before the 2007 Session of the Mississippi Legislature.
SECTION 4. This act shall stand repealed on July 1, 2008.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2006.