Provides for quality assurance for trauma and emergency care.
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
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5537 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 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