HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3835        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1991

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Denise Provost

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to assure informed consent for pelvic examinations of anesthetized or unconscious patients.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Carlos González

10th Hampden

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3835        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1991

By Ms. Provost of Somerville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1991) of Denise Provost and others relative to informed consent for pelvic examinations of anesthetized or unconscious patients.  Public Health.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act to assure informed consent for pelvic examinations of anesthetized or unconscious patients.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

Section 70E of Chapter 111 of the General Laws, 2016 official edition, is hereby amended in subsection (l), by adding, after the phrase, “ to informed consent to the extent provided by law;” the following language:

“provided that no physician or surgeon, nor any student undertaking a course of professional instruction or a clinical training program, may perform a pelvic examination on an anesthetized or unconscious  patient unless the patient has given specific informed consent in writing to the pelvic examination; or the performance of a pelvic examination is within the scope of care for the surgical procedure or diagnostic examination to be performed on the patient or, in the case of an unconscious patient, the pelvic examination is required for diagnostic purposes.”