Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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DIGEST

Health care worker registry. Establishes a centralized, computerized health care worker registry (registry), operated and maintained by the state department of health (state department), to organize and access data regarding substantiated reports and allegations under investigation of specified instances of misconduct by a health care worker on the staff of a health care facility. Provides notice and an administrative hearing process for a health care worker to contest the information to be entered onto the registry. Requires a health care facility to request information from the registry concerning a health care worker before hiring the worker. Specifies the persons and Health care worker registry. Establishes a centralized, computerized health care worker registry (registry), operated and maintained by the state department of health (state department), to organize and access data regarding substantiated reports and allegations under investigation of specified instances of misconduct by a health care worker on the staff of a health care facility. Provides notice and an administrative hearing process for a health care worker to contest the information to be entered onto the registry. Requires a health care facility to request information from the registry concerning a health care worker before hiring the worker. Specifies the persons and organizations that may access information on the registry. Provides civil immunity: (1) for a person who provides information in good faith to the state department for the registry; and (2) to the state department, an employer, or prospective employer that uses information from the registry in good faith to screen a prospective employee or to review the employment status of a current employee. Allows an employer, acting in good faith, to disclose to a current or prospective employer of a health care professional information about any known involvement of the health care professional in drug diversion or tampering, patient abuse, violation of the employer's drug or alcohol policies, or a crime of violence. Provides civil immunity for a responding employer and the employer's officer, director, employee, agent, or other representative that in good faith provides information about a health care professional to an inquiring employer. ... View more