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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 3, 2021 04:18 PM
From: Senator David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amending the Patient Test Result Information Act
I will introduce legislation to amend Act 112 of 2018 – the Patient Test Result Information Act -  to remove the definition of “significant abnormality” and require diagnostic imaging entities to provide patients with written notice at the time of any imaging service. 

The notice shall state that the results of the test(s) will be sent to the ordering health care practitioner. If the ordering practitioner doesn’t reach out within 21 days or the electronic health records haven’t been updated, it is recommended that the patient follow-up with the practitioner to discuss the results.

These much-needed changes will prevent patients from undue anxiety and additional testing, and improve patients understanding of potential health issues after their doctor can appropriately interpret and explain the test results.

I hope you join me in supporting this legislation which has already received support from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

Introduced as SB834