May 11 - Governor signed.
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Cody, (D-West Seattle) (D) on January 18, 2011, exempts from state antitrust laws, and to provide immunity from federal antitrust laws through the state action doctrine, for public-private collaborative efforts to improve health care. This act directs the Health Care Authority to convene a collaborative group to identify practices and trends that are not producing better care outcomes for patients and which may be indicators waste in the health care system. This act sets out specific guidelines for review of medical practices. The collaborative must report its findings related to cesarean sections and induced labor to the Governor and Legislature by September 1, 2011. The collaborative must report its findings related to the treatment of back pain by January 1, 2012. The collaborative must report its findings on other health issues annually to the Governor and the Legislature beginning January 1, 2013. Additionally, this act requires that all future state-purchased health care programs be based on the evidence gained through this act. This act takes effect immediately.
Bill summary provided by: WashingtonVotes.org