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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1065        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1048


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Mark C. Montigny


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 relative to Acute-care hospitals.






Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1065        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1048

By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1048) of Mark C. Montigny, Robert M. Koczera, Benjamin Swan and Sal N. DiDomenico for legislation relative to Acute-care hospitals.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to Acute-care hospitals.


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

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 111 of the General laws, as appearing in the 2010 official addition is hereby amending by inserting after Section 51H the following 2 sections :-

              Section 51I.  Definitions for Section 51J

              Primary Stroke Service. Emergency diagnostic and therapeutic services provided by a multidisciplinary team and available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to patients presenting with symptoms of acute stroke. Wherein hospitals have the ability to assess acute stroke patients and treat with IV-tPA in the 0-3 hour window. These sites could still admit stroke patients, but might transfer tPA treated patients and those with major stroke syndromes. This program would be ideal for the smallest MA hospitals and would be appropriate for patients arriving within 0-3 hours of stroke symptom onset. These sites could also treat up to 4.5 hours with IV tPA but would not be required to do so.

              Primary Stroke Service Plus (PSS+):  This would include the current PSS requirements, but further require additional elements to participation:

              1)              Participation in a national stroke QI program to be chosen by the Dept. This would be chosen from among the CDC Coverdell registry, GWTG-Stroke, or Joint Commission-PSC, and could include more than one option. 

              2)              Mandatory data reporting to the state on an agreed upon expanded set of measures of stroke care quality, and annual evidence of compliance to standards

              3)              Ongoing professional education requirements similar to the JC-PSC (Joint Commission-Primary Stroke Center) requirements

              4)              Protocols for administering IV-tPA in the expanded time window (3 - 4.5 hours).  Patients with stroke symptom onset between 2.5 - 4 hours would be considered for direct triage/transport to these PSS+ sites when appropriate. The expanded data set might be appropriate for public reporting on the EOHHS website at some point in the future, in the same section as the tPA rates currently posted.

              Section 5J.  Application to Provide Primary Stroke Service; Written Protocols

              (1)Each hospital seeking designation as a provider of a Primary Stroke Service shall submit an application to the Department, on forms prescribed by the Department, documenting how the hospital will meet the standards in 105 CMR 130.1400 through 130.1413.

              Amend to include: Designate/certify Primary Stroke Centers based on Joint Commission/ASA certification or an equivalent process. Modifications to the hospital stroke designation and EMS point of entry criteria to ensure sustainability of the program. Create a sustainable 3-tiered system for MA hospital stroke designation that reflects the current tiered nature of care, and which remains inclusive for hospitals but modifies the “one size fits all” approach.  The three designation tiers proposed are as described in 105 CMR 130.020 Definitions: (H) Primary Stroke Service:

              a)              Primary Stroke Service;

              b)              Primary Stroke Service Plus;

              c)              Comprehensive Stroke Centers

              (2) As part of the Hospital Licensure Regulations (105 CMR 130.000) 105 CMR 130.1400 Primary Stroke Service Licensure Regulations create a statewide stroke registry that aligns with the stroke consensus metrics developed and approved by the AHA/ASA and use Get with the Guidelines.

              “Consensus measures” are a standardized stroke measure set (harmonized measures) as supported by CDC’s Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, the Joint Commission, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

              a)              Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prophylaxis

              (b)              Discharged on Antithrombotic Therapy

              (c)              Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Receiving Anticoagulation Therapy

              (d)              Thrombolytic Therapy Administered

              (e)              Antithrombotic Therapy By End of Hospital Day Two

              (f)              Discharged on Statin Medication

              (g)              Dysphagia Screening

              (h)              Stroke Education

              (i)              Smoking Cessation / Advice / Counseling

              (j)              Assessed for Rehabilitation

              (3) State must set up a registry infrastructure and mandatory participation by Primary Stroke Service Plus Hospital as defined by Hospital Licensure Regulations (105 CMR 130.000) 105 CMR 130.1400 Primary Stroke Service Licensure Regulations, at a minimum, is necessary.

              a)              The registry must collect at a minimum all ten consensus measures.

              b)              It is strongly encouraged that a stroke registry data oversight committee be created and charged with monitoring registry operations; advise registry investigators, program staff, and relevant stroke systems of stroke stakeholders; and provide direction and plan short and long-term goals for the stroke systems of care, in quality improvement efforts as well as overall sustainability of the stroke systems of care. The SCORE Collaborate can serve in this capacity.

              c)              All hospitals must be afforded the opportunity to participate in the registry .

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