TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-17.21
The Rhode Island Patient Safety Act of 2008

SECTION 23-17.21-6


§ 23-17.21-6 Requirements for reporting entities.

(a) Each reporting entity may enter into a written contract with a certified PSO in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.

(b) Beginning January 1, 2009, a reporting entity may enter into a written contract with a patient safety organization to which it sends patient safety work product. Each contract shall require the reporting entity to maintain a document log itemizing the types of documents submitted to the PSO without indicating the content of such documents. Such document log shall be accessible to the department for the sole purpose of allowing the department to verify the type of information submitted to PSOs. The department shall not have access to patient safety work product. Such document log shall not be subject to a disclosure to, or use by, any person or entity, other than the PSO and the reporting entity with which it has contracted, and by the department for the sole purpose provided in this subsection.

(c) Reporting entities shall not be exempt from the requirements of § 23-17-40 or § 5-37-9.

(d) Patient safety work product (whether identifiable of nonidentifiable) and any document log submitted to the director under subsection (a) shall not be a public record for the purposes of chapter 38-2. Reporting entities shall not be considered a public body or agency for the purposes of chapter 38-2.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2008, ch. 157, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 175, § 1.)