Hawaii Reporting Statute

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HAWAII

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Haw. Rev. Stat. §453-8.7 Reporting requirements.

(a) Every physician or osteopathic physician licensed pursuant to this chapter who does not possess professional liability insurance shall report any settlement or arbitration award of a claim or action for damages for death or personal injury caused by negligence, error, or omission in practice, or the unauthorized rendering of professional services. The report shall be submitted to the department of commerce and consumer affairs within thirty days after any written settlement agreement has been reduced to writing and signed by all the parties thereto or thirty days after service of the arbitration award on the parties.

(b) Failure of a physician osteopathic physician to comply with the provisions of this section is an offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 for the first offense, $250 to $500 for the second offense, and $500 to $1,000 for subsequent offenses.

(c) The clerks of the respective courts of this State shall report to the department any judgment or other determination of the court which adjudges or finds that a physician or osteopathic physician is liable criminally or civilly for any death or personal injury caused by the physician’s or osteopathic physician’s professional negligence, error, or omission in the practice of the physician’s or osteopathic physician’s profession, or rendering of unauthorized professional services. The report shall be submitted to the department within ten days after the judgment is entered by the court.

(d) The department shall prescribe forms for the submission of reports required by this section.

§663-1.7 Professional society; peer review committee; ethics committee; hospital or clinic quality assurance committee; no liability; exceptions.

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(e) The final peer review committee of a medical society, hospital, clinic, health maintenance organization, preferred provider organization, or preferred provider network, or other health care facility shall report in writing every adverse decision made by it to the department of commerce and consumer affairs; provided that final peer review committee means that body whose actions are final with respect to a particular case; and provided further that in any case where there are levels of review nationally or internationally, the final peer review committee for the purposes of this subsection shall be the final committee in this State. The quality assurance committee shall report in writing to the department of commerce and consumer affairs any information which identifies patient care by any person engaged in a profession or occupation which does not meet hospital, clinic, health maintenance organization, preferred provider organization, or preferred provider network standards and which results in disciplinary action unless such information is immediately transmitted to an established peer review committee. The report shall be filed within thirty business days following an adverse decision. The report shall contain information on the nature of the action, its date, the reasons for, and the circumstances surrounding the action; provided that specific patient identifiers shall be expunged. If a potential adverse decision was superseded by resignation or other voluntary action that was requested or bargained for in lieu of medical disciplinary action, the report shall so state. The department shall prescribe forms for the submission of reports required by this section. Failure to comply with this subsection shall be a violation punishable by a fine of not less than $100 for each member of the committee.

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§671-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

“Health care provider” means a physician, osteopathic physician, surgeon, or physician assistant licensed under chapter 453, a podiatrist licensed, under chapter 463E, a health care facility as defined in section 323D-2, and the employees of any of them. Health care provider shall not mean any nursing institution or nursing service conducted by and for those who rely upon treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone, or employees of the institution or service.

“Medical tort” means professional negligence, the rendering of professional service without informed consent, or an error or omission in professional practice, by a health care provider, which proximately causes death, injury, or other damage to a patient.

§671-5 Reporting and reviewing medical tort claims.

(a) Every self-insured health care provider, and every insurer providing professional liability insurance for a health care provider, shall report to the insurance commissioner the following information about any medical tort claim, known to the self-insured health care provider or insurer, that has been settled, arbitrated, or adjudicated to final judgment within ten working days following such disposition:

(1) The name and last known business and residential addresses of each plaintiff or claimant, whether or not each recovered anything;

(2) The name and last known business and residential addresses of each health care provider who was claimed or alleged to have committed a medical tort, whether or not each was a named defendant and whether or not any recovery was had against each;

(3) The name of the court in which any medical tort action, or any part thereof, was filed and the docket number;

(4) A brief description or summary of the facts upon which each claim was based, including the date of occurrence;

(5) The name and last known business and residential addresses of each attorney for any party to the settlement, arbitration, or adjudication, and identification of the party represented by each attorney;

(6) Funds expended for defense and plaintiff costs;

(7) The date and amount of settlement, arbitration award, or judgment in any matter subject to this subsection; and

(8) Actual dollar amount of award received by the injured party.

(b) The insurance commissioner shall forward the name of every health care provider, except a hospital and physician or an osteopathic physician or surgeon licensed under chapter 453 or a podiatrist licensed under chapter 463E, against whom a settlement is made, an arbitration award is made, or judgment is rendered to the appropriate board of professional registration and examination for review of the fitness of the health care provider to practice the health care provider’s profession. The insurance commissioner shall forward the entire report under subsection (a) to the department of commerce and consumer affairs if the person against whom settlement or arbitration award is made or judgment rendered is a physician or osteopathic physician or surgeon licensed under chapter 453 or a podiatrist licensed under chapter 463E.

(c) A failure on the part of any self-insured health care provider to report as requested by this section shall be grounds for disciplinary action by the Hawaii medical board or the state health planning agency, as applicable. A violation by an insurer shall be grounds for suspension of its certificate of authority.