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S.B. 132





Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends the Utah Health Data Authority Act to require annual reports of
             9      comparisons between health care facilities based on certain designated quality, safety,
             10      and cost factors.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires the Health Data Authority to publish reports at least annually that compare
             14      and identify health care facilities;
             15          .    requires the Health Data Authority to publish the data in a form that is easily
             16      accessible to the public;
             17          .    requires the reports comparing health care facilities to be based on several
             18      designated factors;
             19          .    requires the Department of Health to define patient safety sentinel events; and
             20          .    requires health care facilities to report patient safety sentinel events within 72 hours
             21      or lose the privileged communication otherwise granted by law.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:

             28          26-33a-106.5, as last amended by Chapter 53, Laws of Utah 2001
             29      ENACTS:
             30          26-25-7, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 26-33a-106.5 is amended to read:
             34           26-33a-106.5. Comparative analyses.
             35          (1) The committee may publish compilations or reports that compare and identify
             36      health care providers or data suppliers from the data it collects under this chapter or from any
             37      other source.
             38          (2) (a) The committee shall publish compilations or reports from the data it collects
             39      under this chapter or from any other source which:
             40          (i) contain the information described in Subsection (2)(b); and
             41          (ii) compare and identify by name at least a majority of the health care facilities and
             42      institutions in the state.
             43          (b) The report required by this Subsection (2) shall:
             44          (i) be published at least annually; and
             45          (ii) contain comparisons based on at least the following factors:
             46          (A) nationally recognized quality standards;
             47          (B) charges; and
             48          (C) nationally recognized patient safety standards.
             49          [(2)] (3) The committee [shall ] may contract with a private, independent analyst to
             50      evaluate the standard comparative reports of the committee that identify, compare, or rank the
             51      performance of data suppliers by name. The evaluation shall include a validation of statistical
             52      methodologies, limitations, appropriateness of use, and comparisons using standard health
             53      services research practice. The analyst must be experienced in analyzing large databases from
             54      multiple data suppliers and in evaluating health care issues of cost, quality, and access. The
             55      results of the analyst's evaluation must be released to the public before the standard
             56      comparative analysis upon which it is based may be published by the committee.
             57          [(3)] (4) The committee shall adopt by rule a timetable for the collection and analysis
             58      of data from multiple types of data suppliers.

             59          (5) The comparative analysis required under Subsection (2) shall be available free of
             60      charge and easily accessible to the public.
             61          Section 2. Section 26-25-7 is enacted to read:
             62          26-25-7. Reporting of patient safety sentinel event -- Penalty for failure to report.
             63          (1) The department shall establish by rule:
             64          (a) a definition of a patient safety sentinel event; and
             65          (b) requirements for reporting and evaluating patient safety sentinel events.
             66          (2) A health care facility shall report a patient safety sentinel event to the department
             67      within 72 hours of the facility becoming aware of the sentinel event.
             68          (3) If a health care facility fails to report a patient safety sentinel event within 72 hours
             69      as provided by this section, the privileged communication granted by Sections 26-25-3 and
             70      26-33a-111 , as applied to any information pertaining to that patient safety sentinel event, is
             71      void.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-6-05 2:40 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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