Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Adverse Health Care Event Reporting Act and amends the Hospital Licensing Act and the Pharmacy Practice Act of 1987. Requires hospitals to report to the Department of Public Health certain types of adverse health care events, including the following: (1) surgical events; (2) product or device events; (3) patient protection events; (4) care management events; (5) environmental events; and (6) criminal events. Requires pharmacies to report adverse events involving (i) dispensing of the wrong prescription medication or (ii) failing to warn a prescription drug purchaser of possible adverse drug interactions. Requires hospitals and pharmacies to conduct a root cause analysis of each adverse health care event. Requires the Department of Public Health to establish an adverse health care event reporting system designed to facilitate quality improvement in the health care system. Provides for sanctions against a hospital or pharmacy for violations of the Act.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that for purposes of the Adverse Health Care Event Reporting Act, "pharmacy" means a pharmacy owned or operated by a hospital or operated by a person with whom a hospital has contracted for the provision of pharmacy services (instead of a pharmacy as defined in the Pharmacy Practice Act of 1987). Provides that the Department of Public Health shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that the adverse health care event reporting system is fully operational within 2 years after the Act's effective date.