(A) The director of health shall convene a group of experts in data collection and analysis or a related field to do all of the following:
(1) Develop, on an ongoing basis, recommendations regarding measures for hospital inpatient and outpatient services and submit the recommendations to the director for the director's consideration when the director adopts rules under section 3727.41 of the Revised Code specifying the measures to be used by hospitals in submitting information to the director under section 3727.33 of the Revised Code;
(2) Issue, not later than one year after the date the last of the initial members of the hospital measures advisory council is appointed, a report to the director that advises the director on how to provide for any internet web site established under section 3727.39 of the Revised Code to include a report on each hospital's overall performance in meeting the measures specified in rules adopted under section 3727.41 of the Revised Code;
(3) Submit to the director guidelines to be used to determine whether a hospital's performance in meeting a particular measure should be excluded from any web site established under section 3727.39 of the Revised Code because the hospital's caseload for the diagnosis or procedure that the measure concerns is insufficient to make the hospital's performance a reliable indicator of its ability to treat the diagnosis or perform the procedure in a quality manner;
(4) Assist the hospital measures advisory council with the part of the report required by division (B) of section 3727.312 of the Revised Code that includes recommendations for the audits conducted pursuant to section 3727.331 of the Revised Code and provide the director ongoing advice on the issue of those audits.
(B) Each member of the hospital measures advisory council shall appoint an individual to serve on a group convened under this section, except that a member of the council who is an expert in data collection and analysis or a related field may serve as a member of the group rather than appoint another individual. The director of health shall ensure that the group's membership includes at least one representative of small and rural hospitals.
The members of the group shall serve without remuneration, except to the extent that serving in the group is considered a part of their regular employment duties. The members shall not be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in the group.
Effective Date: 11-13-2006
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4