A09611 Summary:

Amd SS3066 & 4210, Pub Health L
Provides for quality assurance for trauma and emergency care.
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A09611 Actions:

05/12/2014referred to health
05/20/2014reported referred to codes
06/09/2014reported referred to rules
06/16/2014rules report cal.312
06/16/2014ordered to third reading rules cal.312
06/17/2014substituted by s7271
 05/20/20141ST REPORT CAL.875
 05/21/20142ND REPORT CAL.
 06/10/2014PASSED SENATE
 06/10/2014referred to codes
 06/17/2014substituted for a9611
 06/17/2014ordered to third reading rules cal.312
 06/17/2014passed assembly
 06/17/2014returned to senate
 09/04/2014SIGNED CHAP.348
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A09611 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Gottfried
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to ensuring ongoing quality assurance measures for emergency medical and trauma care and autopsy reports on deceased patients treated at hospi- tals   PURPOSE: This bill will require agencies that conduct autopsies following trau- matic death (medical examiners, coroners, etc) in New York State to share their findings with referring hospitals in order to facilitate this quality improvement process.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends section 3066 of the public health law and incorporates quality control measures into the items that the NYS Department of Health shall review in conjunction with .the State Emer- gency medical Services Council, State Emergency medical Advisory Commit- tee and State Trauma Advisory Committee. Section 2 of the bill amends section 4210 of the public health law and provides that a copy of all autopsy reports conducted at hospitals following treatment shall be given to the hospital in a timely manner for the purposes of patient quality. improvement review and assessment. Section 3 of the bill provides for the.effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Ongoing performance improvement and quality assurance is an important component of the care provided at hospitals. The availability of autopsy reports is an essential part of making sure that performance can be evaluated and quality improved. In fact, agencies that verify and desig- nate those hospitals which are trauma centers in New York State (Ameri- can College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma, New York State Department of Health) require that trauma centers evaluate their outcomes on a regular basis and conduct full reviews of all trauma center deaths. This legislation will ensure that hospitals receive, in a timely manner, autopsy reports for those cases in which they were involved. The avail- ability of these autopsy findings can critical to understanding the complete clinical picture and help ensure New York State's quality improvement process is as strong as it can be.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A09611 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      May 12, 2014
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  GOTTFRIED  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Health
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  ensuring  ongoing
          quality  assurance  measures for emergency medical and trauma care and
          autopsy reports on deceased patients treated at hospitals
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-

        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Subdivision 4 of section 3066 of the public health law, as
     2  added by chapter 449 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
     3    4. The department shall develop and periodically revise  a  comprehen-
     4  sive emergency medical and trauma care plan with the advice of the state
     5  emergency medical services council, the state emergency medical advisory
     6  committee  and the state trauma advisory committee, incorporating injury
     7  control programs and ongoing quality assurance measures for  all  compo-
     8  nents of the trauma system involved in trauma care.
     9    §  2.  The section heading of section 4210 of the public health law is
    10  amended and a new subdivision 2-a is added to read as follows:
    11    [Cadavers] Deceased persons; right to dissect.

    12    2-a. Where a person dies while under care or treatment  at  a  general
    13  hospital  (as defined by subdivision ten of section twenty-eight hundred
    14  one of this chapter) or while recovering from such  care  or  treatment,
    15  any  autopsy  report  for  such  person  shall be made available, by the
    16  coroner or medical examiner under whose  jurisdiction  the  autopsy  was
    17  performed, in a timely manner, to the hospital, for the purpose of ongo-
    18  ing performance improvement of such hospital, including for the purposes
    19  of  sections twenty-eight hundred five-j and twenty-eight hundred five-k
    20  of this chapter. All such reports in the possession of a hospital  shall
    21  be  subject  to the provisions of section twenty-eight hundred five-m of
    22  this chapter.

    23    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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