TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-17.17
Health Care Quality Program

SECTION 23-17.17-5


§ 23-17.17-5 Annual report.

(a) The director shall prepare and submit by January fifteenth (15th) of each year an annual report to the general assembly and governor on the status of the health care quality performance measurement and reporting program. The annual report shall include information on trends in health care quality performance measures, identify areas for quality improvement initiatives, and program plans and objectives for future years. The first annual report shall include:

(1) Progress to date in implementing the health care quality performance measurement and reporting program for hospitals,

(2) A proposed timetable for adding additional types of licensed facilities to the health care quality performance measurement and reporting program, and

(3) A study of a cost-sharing mechanism for the operational costs of the health care quality performance measurement and reporting program.

(b) The director shall also prepare a statewide quality performance measurement report using the data collected from the quality performance measurement and reporting program. The report, based on risk-adjusted, scientifically valid, data-driven mechanisms, shall be made available to the public to show how individual facilities compare and to help identify both exemplary performance and best practices to facilitate the provision of bench marking services to health care organizations.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1998, ch. 92, § 1.)