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    Maryland Register
    Issue Date:  November 13, 2017
    Volume 44• Issue 23 • Pages 1097—1098
    Title 10
    Subtitle 07 HOSPITALS
    10.07.06 Hospital Patient Safety Program
    Authority: Health General Article, §§19-308 and 19-319, Annotated Code of Maryland
    Notice of Proposed Action
    The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulation .15 and adopt new Regulation .17 under COMAR 10.07.06 Hospital Patient Safety Program.
    Statement of Purpose
    The purpose of this action is to:
    (1) Reduce the amount of time hospitals have to submit a plan of correction from 30 days to 10 days in order to make the requirements for this chapter match other chapters in this subtitle; and
    (2) Require the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) to submit feedback to hospitals on root cause analyses within 60 days of receipt of the analysis and to publish an annual report on hospitals which will help hospitals and the provider community to better understand the scope and nature of regulatory issues facing OHCQ and the provider community.
    Comparison to Federal Standards
    There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
    Estimate of Economic Impact
    The proposed action has no economic impact.
    Economic Impact on Small Businesses
    The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
    Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
    The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
    Opportunity for Public Comment
    Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through December 13, 2017. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
    .15 Plan of Correction.
       A. (text unchanged)
       B. The plan shall be sent to the Secretary within B. The plan shall be sent to the Secretary within [30] 10 days after the Department notifies the hospital that the hospital does not meet the requirements of this chapter.
    .17 Departmental Obligations.
       The Department shall:
       A. Provide feedback to hospitals regarding submitted root cause analyses within 60 days of receipt; and
       B. Release an annual public report containing a compilation of de-identified data regarding the type and outcomes of reported adverse events.
    Secretary of Health