STAND. COM. REP. NO.719-02
RE: S.B. No. 2782
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2782, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HOSPITAL LICENSING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to expedite the annual state licensing of hospitals by the Department of Health (DOH) by giving DOH statutory authority to conduct licensing activities and inspections.
DOH and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii testified in support of the bill. The Office of Information Practices submitted comments on the measure.
Your Committee has amended the bill by making it consistent with the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) by providing that:
(1) Information contained in reports of survey and official accreditation letters made by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations used in determining compliance with licensing requirements shall be public information; and
(2) All other records maintained by DOH shall be governed by the UIPA.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2782, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2782,
S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair