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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
The bill would amend Chapter 241 of the Health and Safety code by requiring the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to publish on the DSHS website the final statement of deficiencies completed by DSHS and any corresponding plan of correction submitted by a hospital that relate to an inspection, survey, or investigation conducted under Section 241.051 (a). The bill would prohibit DSHS from disclosing identifiable information concerning a patient or health care professional on the website.
The purpose of the legislation is to enhance transparency regarding hospital deficiencies while keeping identifiable information of a patient or health care professional confidential. We support HB 2240 because it promotes governmental transparency.