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§23-17.21-5  Powers and duties of the department. –

Published: 2015

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Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-17.21

The Rhode Island Patient Safety Act of 2008

SECTION 23-17.21-5

   § 23-17.21-5  Powers and duties of the

department. –

The powers necessary to carry out the duties of this chapter shall be vested in

the director and are as follows:

   (a) The director shall certify a patient safety organization

that has met the following criteria:

   (1) has a mission statement with one of its purposes to

conduct activities to improve patient safety;

   (2) has qualified staff and professionals capable of

reviewing and producing patient safety work product and recommendations for

system changes;

   (3) is not a component of a health insurer or other entity

that provides health insurance to individuals or group health plans; and

   (4) has a mission that does not create a conflict of interest

with the health care providers who will submit patient safety work product to


   (b) The director shall establish a quality of care advisory

committee that shall advise the department on PSO related issues. The advisory

committee shall consist of fourteen (14) members who are appointed by the

director and shall include no less than three (3) representatives of the

hospital community; three (3) representatives of the nursing facility/long term

care community; three (3) members of the freestanding ambulatory surgical

center community; and five (5) others from the community as determined by the

director. The term of office shall be for three (3) years. No member shall

serve more than two (2) consecutive terms. The committee shall advise the

department on effective methods for sharing with health care providers the

quality improvement information learned from the department's review of reports

and corrective action plans, including quality improvement practices, patient

safety issues, and preventative strategies.

   (c) The director may promulgate rules and regulations in

order to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

History of Section.

(P.L. 2008, ch. 157, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 175, § 1.)