House Adopts Cutler Measure to Cut Costs for Hospitals and State
5/6/2013
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a measure authored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) and Rep. Pamela A. Delissio (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) that would cut costs for both hospitals and the state by ending duplicative licensing inspections.



“My legislation would streamline the licensing process for hospitals by reducing redundant inspections, thus saving time and money, and allowing hospital staff to focus on patient care,” said Cutler. “This is also a win for the state because it would be able to cut back on the number of inspections it performs without jeopardizing safety or quality.”

Cutler’s House Bill 1190 would allow the use of “deemed status” to exempt hospitals from routine licensure renewal surveys conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

If enacted, DOH would recognize reports of national accreditation organizations as acceptable criteria for meeting DOH licensure requirements, as long as the organization’s standards are equal to or more stringent than the Commonwealth’s. Hospitals not meeting national accreditation criteria would still be subject to the current licensing requirements of DOH.

Cutler noted the inspections of accreditation organizations are used to determine eligibility to participate in Medicare, and the inspectors use the most stringent standards during their assessments.

As a former X-ray technologist and manager of support services for Lancaster General Hospital, Cutler has been on the front lines of health care management and patient care.

“Patient safety is always the top priority,” said Cutler. “This legislation would maintain the highest degree of patient care, while also increasing efficiency and reducing administrative costs. Hospital and state budgets are tighter than ever. Now is the time to take this step forward by modernizing our inspection process and allowing for more money to be directed into patient care.”

Cutler’s legislation also contains a provision that would allow hospitals to exceed identified bed limits defined within their licenses during times of natural disaster, catastrophes, acts of bioterrorism, epidemics and other emergencies.

House Bill 1190 will now go to the Senate for consideration.

More information about Cutler and his legislative priorities is available at www.RepCutler.com and www.Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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