[Second Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 792

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2012 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman† NANCY F. MUNOZ

District 21 (Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblyman† JERRY GREEN

District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator O'Toole

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Directs hospitals to establish protocols for dispatch and patient transport by specialty care transportation units used for inter-facility transfers.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As reported by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on December 17, 2012, with amendments.

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An Act concerning specialty care transportation units and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.†† a.† A general hospital licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) shall establish protocols to 2[ensure] request2 immediate dispatch, timely patient pick-up from the sending hospital, and transport to the receiving hospital by a specialty care transportation unit 1[(SCTU)], or SCTU,1 used for patient inter-facility transfers.

†††† b.† A general hospital shall establish contingency SCTU transport protocols in the event that the hospitalís designated SCTU is not immediately available for dispatch.

†††† c.†††† 1[A hospital shall submit its protocols established pursuant to this section to the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services for review] The Department of Health 2[and Senior Services1]2 shall ensure, by means of its periodic inspection of a hospital and such other measures as it deems appropriate, that the hospital has established and implemented the protocols required pursuant to subsections a. and b. of this section.

†††† d.††† A hospital that fails to comply with the provisions of this act shall be liable to a penalty in accordance with the provisions of sections 13 and 14 of P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-13 and C.26:2H-14)1.

 

†††† 2.††† The 1[commissioner] Commissioner of Health 2[and Senior Services1]2 shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), 1such1 rules and regulations 1as are necessary1 to effectuate the purposes of this act.

 

†††† 3.††† This act shall take effect on the 1[90th day after] first day of the fourth month next following the date of1 enactment, but the commissioner may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance thereof as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.