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Quality Legislation

On June 9, 2006 Governor Brad Henry signed into law HB NO. 2842.  Listed below is only a portion of Section 16, Title 63 O.S. 2001, Section 1-707, is amended to read as follows:

C. 1. The Commissioner shall appoint an Oklahoma Hospital Advisory Council to advise the Board, the Commissioner and the department regarding hospital operations and to recommend actions to improve patient care.
2. The Advisory Council shall have the duty and authority to:
a. review and approve in its advisory capacity rules and standards for hospital licensure.

b. evaluate, review and make recommendations regarding department licensure activities, provided however, the Advisory Council shall not make recommendations regarding scope of practice for any health care providers or practitioners regulated pursuant to Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and
c. recommend and approve:
(1) quality indicators and data submission requirements for hospital, to include:

(a) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators available as part of the standard inpatient discharge data set, and
b) For acute care intensive care unit patients, ventilator-associated pneumonia and devices related blood stream infections, and
(2) The indicators and data to be used by the Department to monitor compliance with licensure requirements, and to publish an annual report of hospital
performance to include the facility specific quality indicator required by this section.

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