Provides that any compilation of comparative hospital data, excluding those produced by a government or accrediting organization, shall include a statement that it is not the official state hospital report card.
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Excused (1): Squadron
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to hospital report cards
To clarify that some hospital quality report cards that are produced are not the official New York State report card.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends section 2995-b of the public health law to provide that any other entity, excluding government and accrediting organizations, that produce comparative hospital data shall include on any report thereof the following statement: "This report is not the New York State Official Hospital Comparative Report Card."
Section 2 provides for an immediate effective date.
Hospitals participate in a variety of quality measurements and reporting initiatives designed to develop information to improve care and consumer decision making. Over time, the number of publicly-released reporting initiatives has proliferated along with an escalating commitment of hospital resources, with no coordination among efforts. Unfortunately, this often has resulted in conflicting and sometimes erroneous information that is confusing for consumers.
The numerous hospital quality report cards use inconsistent quality data and methodologies often yielding dramatically different results, which hinders rather than assists in consumer decision making. Moreover, providers are burdened with trying to assess each report card's methodology to determine whether it is has merit. To provide the greatest value to both the public and providers, reports that are not the official New York State report should be labeled as such in order to minimize confusion.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5333 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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 hospital report cards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2995-b of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. OTHER DATA. ANY OTHER ENTITY, EXCLUDING GOVERNMENT AND ACCREDITING ORGANIZATIONS, THAT PRODUCE COMPARATIVE HOSPITAL DATA SHALL INCLUDE ON ANY REPORT THEREOF, THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT: "THIS REPORT IS NOT THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICIAL HOSPITAL COMPARATIVE REPORT CARD." S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11012-02-3