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Legislation/Regulation > Colorado Legislation
Pettersen B, Tate J, Tipper K, McKean H. Colorado Senate Bill 19-201.
Communication-and-resolution mechanisms are seen as important approaches to improving transparency and healing after an adverse event. This state bill, referred to as the "Colorado Candor Act," protects conversations between organizations, clinicians, patient, and families from legal discoverability and outlines criteria to guarantee that protection.
Legislation/Regulation > Legislation/Case Law
Brief for the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc. v. Jean Charles, Jr. No. 16-1446. July 6, 2017.
American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals.
The ability to share data about medical errors in a protected environment is core to the patient safety organization concept. In this brief, authors advocate for the value these protections bring to health care by enabling the transparency needed to improve safety as they request the United States Supreme Court to hear a case that challenges these privileges.
Legislation/Regulation > Florida Legislation
Fla Ct App, 1st Dist. October 28, 2015.
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) provides federal protection of adverse event reports voluntarily submitted to patient safety organizations in an effort to enable disclosure and subsequent discussion of error to enhance learning from errors. This case tested the ability of the federal law to block access to such reports when conflicting with state laws in Florida. The court found that PSQIA provided appropriate protection for the records.
Legislation/Regulation > Federal Legislation
HR 3230, 113th Congress (2014).
The Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has both achieved success and struggled to provide safe care to its patients. In an effort to address shortcomings in care, this bill allocates additional funding to the VA. Goals of this legislation include regulating and improving staffing levels, enabling veterans to access non-VA facilities, and enhancing patient access to telemedicine.
Legislation/Regulation > Pennsylvania Legislation
General Assembly of Pennsylvania. SB968 (2007).
This bill requires that Pennsylvania hospitals and nursing homes implement an internal infection control plan and report hospital-acquired infections.