H.R.116 - Medical Checklist Act of 2013
To encourage the use of medical checklists through research, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. RESEARCH INTO MEDICAL CHECKLIST DEVELOPMENT AND EFFICACY.
(a) Study- The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, acting through the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, shall conduct research and a study, in accordance with the requirements of this section, regarding the development and efficacy of medical checklists.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) Examination of checklist development and use in other industries, such as commercial aviation and nuclear power, and the feasibility of applying and adapting methodology developed in those industries to the health care industry in a way that would result in health care quality improvement.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) Investigation of the development, implementation, and use of available medical checklists, including checklists for safe surgery and central line insertion and maintenance, to inform further medical checklist development.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Scope- The Director shall ensure that each aspect of the research and study conducted under subsection (a) is examined across a variety of health care provider characteristics, medical procedures, patient populations, and other factors that could affect the use of medical checklists.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Dissemination- The Director shall make available to the public the results of the study conducted under subsection (a) and shall disseminate such results to patient safety organizations listed pursuant to section 924(d) of the Public Health Service Act (
(e) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2017.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. COORDINATING MEDICAL CHECKLISTS AND HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS.
(a) In General- The HIT Policy Committee in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (as established in section 3002 of the Public Health Service Act (
(4) The ability of the health information technology system to collect data on patient safety and health outcomes that could be analyzed to aid in the design and update of medical checklists.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) The capability of health information technology systems to collect data, where applicable, regarding the use of medical checklists by health care clinicians and providers, and any relation between that use and patient safety and health outcomes.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE STUDY ON FURTHER MEDICAL CHECKLIST RESEARCH.
(a) In General- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall enter into an agreement with the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies to conduct a study in accordance with this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) reviews available medical checklists and similar quality improvement techniques, data on the adoption and use of such techniques by health care professionals, and evidence of the efficacy of such techniques in relation to patient safety and health outcomes;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) reviews the degree to which there is sufficient evidence with which to develop new medical checklists and, if such evidence is insufficient, identifies areas requiring further study in order to develop such evidence; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) determines whether the availability of an increased number of medical checklists would improve patient safety and health outcomes and, if so, identifies methods for using recent medical research to develop new medical checklists.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) SCOPE- The Secretary shall ensure that the agreement entered into under subsection (a) provides that the study conducted under such subsection will consider the perspectives of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) CONSULTATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS- The Secretary shall ensure that the agreement entered into under subsection (a) provides that relevant agencies and organizations with expertise on medical checklists will be consulted during the study conducted under such subsection, including the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Report- The Secretary shall ensure that the agreement entered into under subsection (a) provides that not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, a report providing the findings and recommendations made in the study conducted under such subsection will be submitted to the Secretary, the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.
(1) HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL- The term ‘health care professional’ means an individual who provides health care services, including a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist (as those terms are defined in section 1861 of the Social Security Act (
(2) HEALTH CARE SETTING- The term ‘health care setting’ means a facility at which health care services are provided, including a hospital providing inpatient hospital services (as that term is defined in section 1861 of the Social Security Act (
(4) MEDICAL CHECKLIST- The term ‘medical checklist’ means a predetermined, evidence-based, well-defined set of steps that should be completed during a designated medical clinical encounter or medical procedure, as further defined by the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in consultation with the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink