REPORT TITLE:
Cancer statistics


DESCRIPTION:
Requires cancer cases detected in physician's offices,
laboratories, free-standing radiation oncology facilities, and
other treatment and pathology facilities be reported to the
Hawaii Tumor Registry or hospital-based registries. (SB2024 HD1)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO MEDICAL RESEARCH ON CANCER STUDIES.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  While cancer is a reportable disease in Hawaii,
 
 2 the legislature finds that current law is limited because it only
 
 3 requires hospitals, skilled nursing homes, and intermediate care
 
 4 homes to report cancer cases to the Hawaii Tumor Registry.
 
 5 Advances in medicine have allowed for the treatment of many cases
 
 6 outside a hospital setting, such as the dermatologist's office.
 
 7 Yet the law does not require physicians and other health care
 
 8 providers to report cases they diagnose and treat in an out-
 
 9 patient setting to the Hawaii Tumor Registry or hospital-based
 
10 registries.  As a result, the statistics on the incidence rate of
 
11 cancer in the state are inaccurate due to underreporting.
 
12      The purpose of this Act is to improve cancer statistics by
 
13 requiring cancer cases detected in physician's offices,
 
14 laboratories, free-standing radiation oncology facilities, and
 
15 other treatment and pathology facilities to be reported to the
 
16 Hawaii Tumor Registry or hospital-based registries.
 
17      SECTION 2.  Section 324-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
18 amended to read as follows:
 
19      "324-21  Sources of information protected.  (a)  Any
 
20 person, public or private medical facility, or social or
 

 
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 1 educational agency, may provide information, interviews, reports,
 
 2 statements, memoranda, or other data or relevant material
 
 3 relating to individuals with cancer to the Hawaii Tumor Registry.
 
 4 [Such] This information may be used in the course of any cancer
 
 5 research study approved by the cancer commission of the Hawaii
 
 6 Medical Association.
 
 7      (b)  Hospitals, skilled nursing homes [and], intermediate
 
 8 care homes, free-standing radiation oncology facilities, and
 
 9 other treatment or pathology facilities shall submit a report of
 
10 any person admitted with or diagnosed as having cancer to the
 
11 Hawaii Tumor Registry [on a form] or participating hospital
 
12 registry according to a format approved by the cancer commission
 
13 of the Hawaii Medical Association.  Physicians who diagnose or
 
14 treat a patient for cancer shall also submit a report to the
 
15 Hawaii Tumor Registry or participating hospital registry unless
 
16 the patient has previously been admitted or treated at a
 
17 hospital, skilled nursing home, intermediate care home, or free-
 
18 standing radiation oncology facility for that particular cancer.
 
19 The Hawaii Tumor Registry staff or their representative or
 
20 hospital-based registry staff may assist [such] the hospitals
 
21 [and], institutions, treatment or pathology facilities, and
 
22 physician offices in the preparation of [such report forms.] the
 
23 reports.
 

 
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 1      (c)  No liability of any kind or character for damages or
 
 2 other relief shall arise or be enforced against any person or
 
 3 organization by reason of having provided the information or
 
 4 material, or by reason of having released or published the
 
 5 findings, conclusions, and summaries of the researchers to
 
 6 advance medical research and medical education."
 
 7      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 
 8 New statutory material is underscored.
 
 9      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.