Provides for notification to hospital patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to notifying hospital patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections
PURPOSE: Provides for notification to hospital patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 2819 of the public health law by adding a new subdivision 6-a to mandate that no later than one hundred eighty days after the issuance of the reports required pursuant to subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (c) of subdivision five of this section, each general hospital shall be required to notify patients as a component of prebooking, intake and registration of the hospital-acquired infections, that would be required to be reported to the department pursuant to this section, that occurred in the hospital for the prior thirty day period. such notification shall be updated on a daily basis and shall be accomplished through the conspicuous posting of signs, which are easily understandable by the general public.
Section two requires that this act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: While great strides have been made toward ensuring the safety of patients in New York State, further steps must be taken to guarantee that patients treated in hospitals are protected. By requiring the notification to patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections, and updating notifications daily, it increases the standards for improved public protection. A Public Health Report released in April of 2007 found that there is an estimated 4.5 hospital infections for every 100 patient admissions and nearly 100,000 deaths from hospital infection. It has been found that hospital-acquired infections remain highly prevalent because health care facilities have not taken a proactive approach to the issue. According to American Journal of Infection Control, treating hospital-acquired infections can cost as much as $4.2 billion annually, which is an amount far greater than the long-term cost of prevention strategies.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.5283 - Referred to Health/A.2052 - Referred to Health 2011: S.5283 - Referred to Health/A.2052 - Referred to Health 2010: S.496 Referred to Health/A.2987 - Referred to Health 2009: S.496 - Referred to Health/A.2987 - Referred to Health 2009: S.6187 - Referred to Health/A.10376 - Referred to Health 2007: S.6187 - Referred to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2143 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 11, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 notifying hospital patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2819 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows: 6-A. NO LATER THAN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF THE REPORTS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH (III) OF PARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION, EACH GENERAL HOSPITAL SHALL BE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY PATIENTS AS A COMPONENT OF PREBOOKING, INTAKE AND REGISTRATION OF THE HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS, THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE REPORTED TO THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THAT OCCURRED IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THE PRIOR THIRTY DAY PERIOD. SUCH NOTIFICATION SHALL BE UPDATED ON A DAILY BASIS AND SHALL BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE CONSPICUOUS POSTING OF SIGNS, WHICH ARE EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND SHALL INCLUDE DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. TO THE DEGREE PRACTICABLE, THE FORMAT OF SUCH SIGNS SHALL BE CONSISTENT WITH THE FORMAT OF THE SUMMARY TABLE REQUIRED TO BE DEVEL- OPED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS SECTION. UPON REQUEST THE HOSPITAL SHALL PROVIDE A PATIENT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL COPY OF THE INFORMA- TION CONTAINED ON SUCH SIGN. THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH REGULATION SHALL ESTABLISH PENALTIES APPLICABLE TO THE FIRST AND SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS OF THE REQUIREMENT IMPOSED BY THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05508-01-3