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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 879        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 613


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Denise Provost


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 improve the delivery of health care.






Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen


Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Bruce E. Tarr


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 879        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 613

By Ms. Provost of Somerville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 613) of Denise Provost and others that the Department of Public Health develop "checklists of care" for hospitals to prevent medical errors and reduce infection rates.  Public Health. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2138 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to improve the delivery of health care.


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

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 53G the following section:–

              Section 53H.  As used in this section the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-

              “Adverse Event,” injury to a patient resulting from medical management rather than the patient’s underlying condition.

              “Checklist of Care,” predetermined steps to be taken by healthcare providers to decrease the likelihood of a patient experiencing an adverse event during a given procedure.

              “Medical management,” the care and treatment of a patient’s disease or condition

              The Department of Public Health shall promulgate regulations for the development and implementation of checklists of care that hospitals shall use to prevent adverse events and reduce healthcare-associated infection rates.  The department shall require hospitals to report annually on their use of the checklists.  The department shall promulgate regulations to enforce the provisions of this section no later than December 31, 2012.

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