PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 2265, 2509
PRINTER'S NO. 3196
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY QUINN, BAKER, BARRAR, BOBACK, BROOKS, BROWNLEE, CALTAGIRONE, CARROLL, DeLUCA, DENLINGER, EVERETT, FLECK, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, GILLEN, GINGRICH, GROVE, HARHART, HARPER, HENNESSEY, HESS, KIRKLAND, KORTZ, MILLARD, R. MILLER, MILNE, MOUL, MUNDY, MURT, PASHINSKI, READSHAW, ROCK, ROZZI, SABATINA, STERN, SWANGER, TALLMAN, TOOHIL, WATSON, YOUNGBLOOD, KULA AND ENGLISH, AUGUST 23, 2013
AS AMENDED ON SECOND CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MARCH 18, 2014
1Providing for summaries or copies of patient test results to be
2sent directly to a patient or the patient's designee when
3there is a finding of a significant abnormality; and
4providing for duties of the Department of Health.
7Section 1. Short title.
10Section 2. Definitions.
16(1) Magnetic resonance imaging.
1(2) Nuclear medicine.
4(5) Computerized axial tomography.
5(6) Positron emission tomography.
6(7) Digital vascular imaging.
13(14) Nerve conduction studies.
23"Significant abnormality." A finding by a diagnostic imaging
24service of an abnormality or anomaly which would cause a
25reasonably prudent person to seek additional or follow-up
26medical care within three months.
27Section 3. Test results.
1imaging service <-entity has completed a review of the test
2performed on the patient and has sent results to the health care
3practitioner who ordered the diagnostic imaging service when
4there is a finding of a significant abnormality. The notice
5shall include all of the following:
6(1) The name of the ordering health care practitioner.
7(2) The date the test was performed.
<-14(5) Any information deemed necessary by the entity to
15(<-5) The following statements:
18The results of your test or tests have been sent to the
19health care practitioner that ordered the tests. You are
20always recommended to discuss all test results with your
21health care practitioner.
30(2) Diagnostic imaging services performed on a patient
1who is being treated on an inpatient basis.
<-2(3) Diagnostic radiographs.
3(c) Test results.--No sooner than seven days and no later
4than 20 days after the date under subsection (a)(3), the
5diagnostic imaging service shall provide the patient with the
6impression, conclusion or report of the results of the
7diagnostic imaging service performed on the patient.
10(1) The notice under subsection (a) and test results
11under subsection (c) <-may be provided electronically by e-mail
12or facsimile if such communication is <-shall be provided in a
13manner deemed acceptable by the patient or the patient's
19(ii) sent electronically by e-mail;
20(iii) sent by automatic alert from an electronic
21medical record system that the notice under subsection
22(a) has been posted to the patient's electronic medical
23record that is presently viewable; or
24(iv) sent by facsimile.
25Section 4. Duties of Department of Health.
26The Department of Health shall:
27(1) in accordance with law, conduct compliance reviews
28as part of the <-annual inspection performed by the department
<-29or an accrediting organization and investigate complaints
30filed relating to the requirements of section 3; and
4Section 5. Applicability.
5The duties imposed under this act on entities performing
6diagnostic imaging and the Department of Health shall not
7commence until sufficient funding has been made available to the
8department for its duties under section 4 and the department has
9published a notice to that effect in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
10Section 6. Existing professional obligation.
14Section 7. Effective date.
15This act shall take effect in 60 days.