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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 18 : Health

Chapter 043A : Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement System

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 1915)
  • § 1915. Hospital obligations

    The rules adopted pursuant to this chapter shall require hospitals to:

    (1) develop, maintain, and implement internal policies and procedures that meet the standards of the Department to:

    (A) identify, track, and analyze reportable adverse events, adverse events, and near misses;

    (B) determine what type of causal analysis, if any, is appropriate;

    (C) conduct causal analyses and develop corrective action plans; and

    (D) disclose to patients, or, in the case of a patient death, an adult member of the immediate family, at a minimum, adverse events that cause death or serious bodily injury;

    (2) report reportable adverse events to the Department;

    (3) provide the Department with copies of its causal analysis and corrective action plan in connection with each reportable adverse event;

    (4) for reportable adverse events that must also by law be reported to other departments or agencies, notify the Department of Health or provide a copy of any written report and provide any causal analysis information required by the Department;

    (5) for the purpose of evaluating a hospital’s compliance with the provisions of this chapter, provide the Commissioner and designees reasonable access to:

    (A) information protected by the provisions of the patient’s privilege under 12 V.S.A. § 1612(a) or otherwise required by law to be held confidential; and

    (B) the minutes and records of a peer review committee and any other information subject to peer review protection under 26 V.S.A. § 1443. (Added 2005, No. 215 (Adj. Sess.), § 324.)