HB17-1246 - ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction Task Force Recommendations Heart Attack Care

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning implementation of the STEMI task force recommendations relating to reporting confirmed heart attack incidents in the state.

In 2013, the general assembly enacted SB 13-225, which established a task force in the department of public health and environment (department) to study and make recommendations for developing a statewide plan to improve quality of care to STEMI heart attack patients. ('STEMI' is an acronym for ST-elevation myocardial infarctions.) The study was to explore, among other things, the creation of a database for collecting data on STEMI care and access to aggregated STEMI data from the database for purposes of improving STEMI heart attack care.

The bill implements the following recommendations of the task force, with some modifications:


  • Requires a hospital that is accredited as a STEMI receiving center to report to a specified national heart attack database data that is consistent with nationally recognized guidelines on individuals with confirmed heart attacks within the state;
  • Within 30 days after receiving quarterly reports from the heart attack database, requires hospitals to submit those reports to the department;
  • Specifies that reports obtained by the department are privileged and strictly confidential, are not subject to subpoena or discovery, and are not admissible in a civil, criminal, or administrative proceeding; and
  • Requires the department to sign a letter of commitment with the American College of Cardiology to ensure compliance with the confidentiality requirements and to request national reporting measures and metrics for benchmarking data.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: May 18, 2017
05/18/2017 - Governor Signed
05/18/2017 - Sent to the Governor
05/18/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/15/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/27/2017 - House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/26/2017 - House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
04/25/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/24/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/19/2017 - Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/31/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
03/27/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/24/2017 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/21/2017 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/09/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment