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Senate Bill No. 311

(By Senators Foster, Beach, Palumbo, Unger, Wells, McCabe and Stollings)


[Introduced January 27, 2011; referred to the Committee on Health and Human Resources.]





A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5B-18, relating to the designation of hospitals as primary stroke centers.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5B-18, to read as follows:


§16-5B-18. The Primary Stroke Center Hospital Designation Act.

    (a) Except as otherwise provided, for purposes of this section:

    (1) “Acute care hospital” means a licensed facility providing inpatient and outpatient medical or surgical services to an individual that seeks care and treatment, regardless of the individual’s ability to pay for services, on an immediate and emergent basis through an established emergency department and a continuous treatment basis on its premises for more than twenty-four hours; and

    (2) “Primary stroke center certification” means certification for acute care hospitals issued by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or another Department of Health and acute Resources approved, nationally recognized organization that provides disease specific certification for stroke care that:

    (A) Complies with census-based national standards and safety goals;

    (B) Effectively uses evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and

    (C) Uses an organized approach to measure performance.

    (b) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources shall designate as a primary stroke center any acute care hospital which has received a primary stroke center certification.

    (c) The secretary shall suspend or revoke an acute care hospital’s designation as a primary stroke center if certification is withdrawn by JCAHO or another approved certifying organization.

     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to designate certain hospitals as primary care centers.

     This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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