HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2483        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2029

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James J. O'Day and Brian A. Joyce

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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 regarding notification of patient observations status.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

Michael J. Moran

18th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2483        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2029

By Representative O’Day of West Boylston and Senator Joyce, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2029) of James J. O’Day, Brian A. Joyce and others that hospitals be required to provide certain patients in inpatient or observation status oral and written notice of such placement.  Public Health.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act regarding notification of patient observations status.

 

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

Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 51J the following section:

Section 51K.  (a) Each hospital shall provide each patient that the hospital places in inpatient or observation status oral and written notice of such placement not later than twenty-four hours after such placement, unless such patient has been discharged or has left the hospital prior to the expiration of the twenty-four hour period.  Such oral and written notices shall include

(1) a statement whether the patient has been admitted to the hospital as an inpatient or is in observation status;

(2) a statement that observation status may affect the patient’s Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance coverage for

(A) hospital services, including medication and pharmaceutical supplies; or

(B) skilled nursing facility care following the patient’s discharge; and

(3) a recommendation that the patient contact his or insurance plan to better understand the implications of being placed in observation status.

(b) The written notice described in subsection (a) of the section shall be signed and dated by the patient receiving the notice or such patient’s legal or other authorized representative.

(c) The Department shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to implement this section.