Troy and Alana Pack Pa­tient Safety Act

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - Source: Con­sumer Watch­dog

Hos­pi­tals would have to sub­ject physi­cians to ran­dom drug and al­co­hol test­ing. Hos­pi­tals would have to sub­ject physi­cians to manda­tory test­ing af­ter a pa­tient’s un­ex­pected death or se­ri­ous in­jury. $250,000 cap on pain and suf­fer­ing dam­ages would be ad­justed for in­fla­tion, rais­ing it to $1.1 mil­lion. There will be a pre­sump­tion of neg­li­gence when a provider in a mal­prac­tice case tested pos­i­tive for drugs or al­co­hol or failed to com­ply with test­ing re­quire­ments. Needs 504,760 valid sig­na­tures to qual­ify for the Novem­ber bal­lot in Cal­i­for­nia.

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