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Silver Society: Aging in America -- 2007 SSL Supplement, The Council of State Governments

Silver Society: Aging in America -- 2007 SSL Supplement, The Council of State Governments

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As baby boomers near retirement, and as health care costs continue to increase, the nation's attention has turned increasingly to the much-discussed age wave. Policymakers and the media have highlighted the potential economic, social and political consequences of the fact that the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 will reshape our country’s policies as they grow older. While many people associate aging with disease and disability, the reality is that Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. And local, state and federal efforts to promote healthy aging can pay off in improved health, better quality-of-life and increased productivity for millions of seniors. Vermont Governor James Douglas was the 2006 President of The Council of State Governments. His initiative as the CSG president, Spanning the Spectrum of Healthy Living-Childhood to Adulthood, addressed the need for a comprehensive approach to healthy living. It explored many of the key ingredients to create and maintain healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. And it highlighted how state policymakers can help their constituents and communities prepare for healthy, productive futures. This Suggested State Legislation Supplement is part of Governor Douglas' initiative. This supplement contains articles, Suggested State Legislation drafts, recent state legislation, and state legislation from previous SSL dockets, which address a variety of state services to the againg American population.
As baby boomers near retirement, and as health care costs continue to increase, the nation's attention has turned increasingly to the much-discussed age wave. Policymakers and the media have highlighted the potential economic, social and political consequences of the fact that the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 will reshape our country’s policies as they grow older. While many people associate aging with disease and disability, the reality is that Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. And local, state and federal efforts to promote healthy aging can pay off in improved health, better quality-of-life and increased productivity for millions of seniors. Vermont Governor James Douglas was the 2006 President of The Council of State Governments. His initiative as the CSG president, Spanning the Spectrum of Healthy Living-Childhood to Adulthood, addressed the need for a comprehensive approach to healthy living. It explored many of the key ingredients to create and maintain healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. And it highlighted how state policymakers can help their constituents and communities prepare for healthy, productive futures. This Suggested State Legislation Supplement is part of Governor Douglas' initiative. This supplement contains articles, Suggested State Legislation drafts, recent state legislation, and state legislation from previous SSL dockets, which address a variety of state services to the againg American population.

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This Act establishes a council and committee to set up a statewide stroke emergency
transportation plan and to develop criteria for a stroke facility. The stroke emergency transport
plan must include:

Training requirements to recognize and treat strokes, including emergency

screening procedures;

A list of appropriate early treatments to stabilize patients;

Protocols to rapidly transport someone to a stroke facility when that is appropriate
and it is safe to bypass another health care facility; and

Plans to coordinate with other statewide agencies to educate people about strokes,
transporting stroke victims, and stroke facilities.
Submitted as:
Texas

SB 330

Status: Enacted into law in 2005.

Suggested State Legislation

(Title, enacting clause, etc.)

Section 1. [Short Title.] This Act may be cited as “An Act Create a Statewide Stroke

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Emergency Transport Plan.”

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Section 2. [Definitions.]

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(A) “Department” means the [Department of State Health Services.]

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(B) “Executive commissioner” means the [Executive Commissioner of the Health and

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Human Services Commission.]

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(C) “Advisory council” means the advisory council established under this Act.

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(D) “Stroke committee” means the committee appointed under this Act.

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(E) “Stroke facility” means a health care facility that:

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(1) is capable of primary or comprehensive treatment of stroke victims;

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(2) is part of an emergency medical services and trauma care system as defined by

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this Act;

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(3) has a health care professional available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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who is knowledgeable about stroke care and capable of carrying out acute stroke therapy; and

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(4) records patient treatment and outcomes.

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Section 3. [Advisory Council and Stroke Committee.]

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(A) There is hereby created an [advisory council] to help establish a statewide stroke

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emergency transport plan and stroke facility criteria.

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(B) The [advisory council] shall consist of the following members: [insert

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membership].

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(C) The [advisory council] shall appoint a [stroke committee] to help the [advisory

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council] develop a statewide stroke emergency transport plan and stroke facility criteria.

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(B) The [stroke committee] must include the following members:

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(1) A licensed physician appointed from a list of physicians eligible for

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accreditation in vascular neurology from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical

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Education, recommended by a statewide organization of neurologists;

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(2) a licensed interventional neuroradiologist appointed from a list of

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neuroradiologists recommended by a statewide organization of radiologists;

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(3) a neurosurgeon with stroke expertise;

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(4) a member of the state Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke who has

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expertise in stroke care;

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(5) a licensed physician appointed from a list of physicians recommended by a

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statewide organization of emergency physicians;

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(6) a neuroscience registered nurse with stroke expertise; and

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(7) a volunteer member of a nonprofit organization specializing in stroke

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treatment, prevention, and education

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Section 4. [Duties of Stroke Committee; Development of Stroke Emergency Transport

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Plan and Stroke Facility Criteria.]

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(A) The [advisory council], with the assistance of the [stroke committee] and in

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collaboration with the state [Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke], shall develop a

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statewide stroke emergency transport plan and stroke facility criteria.

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(B) The stroke emergency transport plan must include:

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(1) training requirements to recognize and treat strokes, including emergency

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screening procedures;

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(2) a list of appropriate early treatments to stabilize patients;

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(3) protocols to rapidly transport someone to a stroke facility when that is

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appropriate and it is safe to bypass another health care facility; and

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(4) plans to coordinate with other statewide agencies to educate people about

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strokes, transporting stroke victims, and stroke facilities.

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(C) In developing the stroke emergency transport plan and stroke facility criteria, the

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[stroke committee] shall consult the criteria for stroke facilities established by national medical

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organizations such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

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Section 5. [Rules.] The [executive commissioner] may adopt rules regarding a statewide

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stroke emergency transport plan and stroke facility criteria based on recommendations from the

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[advisory council].

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Section 6. [Reporting Requirements: Statewide Stroke Emergency Transport Plan.] Not

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later than [January 1, 2007], the [advisory council] shall submit a report of the statewide stroke

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emergency transport plan and the stroke facility criteria to the [governor, lieutenant governor,

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speaker of the house of representatives, and executive commissioner of the Health and Human

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Services Commission].

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Section 7. [Severability.] [Insert severability clause.]

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Section 8. [Repealer.] [Insert repealer clause.]

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Section 9. [Effective Date.] [Insert effective date.]

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LEGISLATION

State Approaches to Caregiving

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