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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.281

Introduced by Senator Racine of Chittenden District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Health; hospice and palliative care

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the department of health to provide an annual report on end-of-life care and pain management.

AN ACT RELATING TO END-OF-LIFE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 118 is added to read:

§ 118.  REPORT ON END-OF-LIFE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT

Beginning October 1, 2008, the commissioner of health shall report annually to the senate committee on health and welfare and the house committees on health care and on human services regarding end-of-life care and pain management in the state.  The report shall include:

(1)  The availability of hospice and palliative care and rates of usage;

(2)  The percentage of deaths occurring at home;

(3)  Data on hospital pain management and palliative care services;

(4)  The number of persons aged 65 and over who spent one week or more in intensive care units during the last six months of life;

(5)  Nursing home efforts to manage residents’ pain;

(6)  Hospital staffing levels of physicians and nurses trained and certified in palliative care;

(7)  Such other information as the commissioner finds relevant to an assessment of the condition of end-of-life care and pain management in the state; and

(8)  Identification of areas needing improvement, including recommendations for ways to achieve the desired results.

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us