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  85R10662 SCL-F
 
  By: Capriglione H.B. No. 2962
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to reporting requirements by health care practitioners and
  certain health care facilities for abortion complications;
  creating a criminal offense.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 171, Health and Safety
  Code, is amended by adding Section 171.006 to read as follows:
         Sec. 171.006.  ABORTION COMPLICATION REPORTING
  REQUIREMENTS; CRIMINAL OFFENSE. (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Abortion complication" means a harmful event or
  negative outcome with respect to a patient related to an abortion
  that is performed on the patient and that is diagnosed or treated by
  a health care practitioner or at a health care facility and
  includes:
                     (A)  shock;
                     (B)  uterine perforation;
                     (C)  cervical laceration;
                     (D)  hemorrhage;
                     (E)  aspiration or allergic response;
                     (F)  infection;
                     (G)  sepsis;
                     (H)  death of the patient;
                     (I)  incomplete abortion;
                     (J)  damage to the uterus; or
                     (K)  an infant born alive after the abortion.
               (2)  "Facility" means a hospital, public health clinic,
  birthing center, outpatient clinic, community health center,
  abortion facility, freestanding emergency medical care facility,
  or health care facility that provides emergency medical care, as
  defined by Section 773.003.
         (b)  Each facility shall submit to the department in the form
  and manner prescribed by department rule a quarterly report on each
  abortion complication diagnosed or treated at the facility.
         (c)  Each health care practitioner providing diagnosis of or
  treatment for an abortion complication shall submit to the
  department in the form and manner prescribed by department rule an
  abortion complication report not later than the 30th day after the
  date the complication is diagnosed or treatment is provided for the
  abortion complication.
         (d)  The department shall develop a form for reporting an
  abortion complication under Subsection (b) or (c) and publish the
  form on the department's Internet website.
         (e)  A report submitted under this section may not identify
  by any means the physician performing an abortion or the patient.
         (f)  A report submitted under this section must include, if
  known, for each abortion complication:
               (1)  the date of the abortion that caused or may have
  caused the complication;
               (2)  the type of abortion that caused or may have caused
  the complication;
               (3)  the gestational age of the fetus when the abortion
  was performed;
               (4)  the name and type of facility in which the abortion
  was performed;
               (5)  the date the complication was diagnosed or
  treated;
               (6)  the name and type of facility in which the
  complication was diagnosed or treated;
               (7)  a description of the complication;
               (8)  the number of previous live births of the patient;
  and
               (9)  the number of previous induced abortions of the
  patient.
         (g)  Except as provided by Section 245.023, all information
  and records held by the department under this section are
  confidential and are not open records for the purposes of Chapter
  552, Government Code.  That information may not be released or made
  public on subpoena or otherwise, except that release may be made:
               (1)  for statistical purposes, but only if a person,
  patient, or facility is not identified;
               (2)  with the consent of each person, patient, and
  facility identified in the information released;
               (3)  to medical personnel, appropriate state agencies,
  or county and district courts to enforce this chapter; or
               (4)  to appropriate state licensing boards to enforce
  state licensing laws.
         (h)  A report submitted under this section must meet the
  federal reporting requirements that mandate the most specific,
  accurate, and complete coding and reporting for the highest level
  of specificity.
         (i)  A health care practitioner commits an offense if the
  practitioner violates this section. An offense under this
  subsection is a Class A misdemeanor.
         (j)  A violation of this section constitutes cause for the
  revocation or suspension of a health care facility's or health care
  practitioner's license, permit, registration, certificate, or
  other authority or for other disciplinary action against a facility
  or health care practitioner by the appropriate state regulatory
  board.
         SECTION 2.  Not later than January 1, 2018:
               (1)  the Department of State Health Services shall
  develop the forms required by Section 171.006, Health and Safety
  Code, as added by this Act; and
               (2)  the executive commissioner of the Health and Human
  Services Commission shall adopt the rules necessary to implement
  Section 171.006, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.