senate Bill S5537

Amended

Provides for quality assurance for trauma and emergency care

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 14 / Jan / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.31
  • 22 / Jan / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 28 / Apr / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 5537A
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

Summary

Provides for quality assurance for trauma and emergency care.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5537
S5537A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง3066 & 4210, Pub Health L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5537

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 cadavers treated at trauma centers

PURPOSE: This bill will require agencies that conduct autopsies
following traumatic death (medical examiners, coroners, etc) in New
York State to share their findings with referring state-designated
trauma centers 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
Emergency medical Services Council, State Emergency medical Advisory
Committee 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 trauma
centers following treatment for traumatic injuries shall be given to
the trauma center for the purposes of patient quality improvement
review and assessment.

Section 3 of the bill provides for the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Trauma centers were developed to assure that the
highest level of care is available to the injured patient. Ongoing
performance improvement and quality assurance is an important
component of the care provided at these specialized centers. Agencies
that verify and designate trauma centers in New York State (American
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.
When deaths do occur, autopsy findings can be critical to
understanding the complete clinical picture.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5537

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed 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 cadavers treated at trauma centers

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Subdivision 4 of section 3066 of the public health law, as
added by chapter 449 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
  4. The department shall develop and periodically revise  a  comprehen-
sive emergency medical and trauma care plan with the advice of the state
emergency medical services council, the state emergency medical advisory
committee  and the state trauma advisory committee, incorporating injury
control programs AND ONGOING QUALITY ASSURANCE MEASURES for  all  compo-
nents of the trauma system involved in trauma care.
  S  2. Section 4210 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
  2-A. AUTOPSY REPORTS FOR PATIENTS TREATED AT DESIGNATED TRAUMA CENTERS
FOLLOWING INJURY SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE  IN  A  TIMELY  MANNER  TO  THE
REFERRING  TRAUMA  CENTER.  THIS  INFORMATION  IS REQUIRED BY THE TRAUMA
CENTER IN ORDER TO MEET THE CRITERIA FOR ONGOING PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
REQUIRED BY THE TRAUMA CENTER VERIFICATION PROCESS. SUCH  REPORTS  SHALL
BE EXEMPT FROM ALL ACTIONS PURSUANT TO THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11157-01-3

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