04RS HB492


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HB 492/FN (BR 224) - J. Callahan

     AN ACT relating to trauma care.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to establish the office of trauma care and staff; require the development of a trauma system and specify contents of system, including a requirement for additional education for physicians, nurses, and emergency medical services personnel, and for verification of hospital trauma centers by the American College of Surgeons; require the office to investigate funding sources; and require annual reporting to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare.


     HCS - Retain original provisions, except provide that establishment of the Office of Trauma Care is subject to available funds; delete requirement for additional staffing other than the state trauma director and registrar; require the trauma system advisory committee, rather than licensure boards, to consult with the Office of Trauma Care; include representatives of the Kentucky Hospital Association and the Kentucky Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons on the advisory committee; provide for voluntary, rather than mandatory, hospital trauma center verification; and extend quality assurance and peer review programs to entire trauma system, rather than just emergency medical services.

     Feb 11-introduced in House
     Feb 12-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Feb 19-posted in committee
     Feb 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 27-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 1, 2004
     Mar 1-3rd reading, passed 95-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 2-received in Senate
     Mar 5-to Health and Welfare (S)

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