THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            63
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE
    ADVISABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF CREATING A DATA BANK WITH
    PROVIDER INFORMATION FOR ACCESS BY HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS.


 1        WHEREAS, a patient's selection of a health care provider
 2   is an important decision from the standpoint of a health
 3   consumer's perspective; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, selection of a health care provider could affect
 6   the right diagnosis or proper treatment of an illness or
 7   disease, and could literally mean a life and death decision for
 8   the patient; and 
 9   
10        WHEREAS, there is no easily accessible source in Hawaii
11   for information about health care providers that would give a
12   patient important information and some insight about a health
13   care provider, whom the patient may consider selecting for the
14   patient or the patient's family; and
15   
16        WHEREAS, according to a comprehensive survey conducted by
17   OmniTrak Group, Inc., a local polling company, Hawaii residents
18   strongly favor having access to more information about their
19   health care providers, other than through the usual provider
20   referrals, word-of-mouth, or yellow page listings; and
21   
22        WHEREAS, an Omnitrak survey of health consumers found that
23   the following percentages want the following information on
24   health care providers:
25   
26        (1)  83% about board certification in a specialty;
27   
28        (2)  81% about medical education;
29   
30        (3)  79% about criminal convictions;
31   
32        (4)  78% about licensure restrictions in Hawaii or in
33             other states;
34   
35        (5)  73% about physician scores on quality care
36             measurements;

 
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 2        (6)  72% about satisfaction ratings by other patients; and
 3   
 4        (7)  72% about successful lawsuits by patients;
 5   
 6   and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, in September 1995, the federal General Accounting
 9   Office reported that forty states have some type of public
10   distribution of health care data, and actively provide
11   information to the public about provider performance; and
12   
13        WHEREAS, the Pew Health Professions Commission recommends
14   that professional licensing boards provide public information
15   relevant to a licensee upon request, in a clear and
16   comprehensive manner; and
17   
18        WHEREAS, a health care provider's right to privacy must be
19   balanced against a consumer's right to know about that
20   provider; and
21   
22        WHEREAS, Act 178, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 1998,
23   required the Insurance Commissioner to convene a task force
24   comprised of various members from the public and private
25   sectors to review various laws which provide protection of
26   patient's rights and responsibilities in regards to health
27   care; now, therefore,
28   
29        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
30   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
31   Representatives concurring, that the task force created by Act
32   178, SLH 1998, study the advisability and feasibility of
33   creating a data bank with provider information for access by
34   health care consumers; and
35   
36        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force report its
37   findings and recommendations to the legislature no later than
38   twenty days before the commencement of the Regular Session of
39   2000, which shall include the following:
40   
41        (1)  Assessment of the demand for health care provider
42             information;

 
 
 
 
 
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 2        (2)  Current information about health care providers that
 3             are available from state agencies;
 4   
 5        (3)  Issues relating to protecting the privacy rights of
 6             health care providers;
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 8        (4)  Designation of the appropriate state agency, or
 9             creation of a new agency, to disseminate information
10             about health care providers;
11   
12        (5)  Assessment of the costs of providing public
13             information about health care providers; and
14   
15        (6)  Recommendations for legislative enactments or for
16             administrative rule changes, or both;
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18   and
19   
20        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
21   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Insurance
22   Commissioner, Director of Health, Administrator of the
23   Disabilities Compensation Division of the Department of Labor
24   and Industrial Relations, Hawaii Medical Service Association,
25   Kaiser Permanente, American Association of Retired Persons,
26   Hawaii Coalition for Health, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii,
27   Hawaii Medical Association, Hawaii Nurses' Association, and
28   Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
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