SB459 (2022) Detail

Relative to a health care facility workplace violence prevention program.


CHAPTER 340

SB 459-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

03/17/2022   1051s

21Apr2022... 1678h

4May2022... 1871h

05/26/2022   2104EBA

 

2022 SESSION

22-3129

12/10

 

SENATE BILL 459-FN

 

AN ACT relative to a health care facility workplace violence prevention program.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Rep. Greene, Hills. 37; Rep. McMahon, Rock. 7

 

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires health care facilities to implement and maintain workplace violence prevention programs and establishes the health care workplace safety commission.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/17/2022   1051s

21Apr2022... 1678h

4May2022... 1871h

05/26/2022   2104EBA 22-3129

12/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT relative to a health care facility workplace violence prevention program.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

340:1  New Subdivision; Workplace Violence Prevention Program.  Amend RSA 151 by inserting after section 52 the following new subdivision:

Workplace Violence Prevention Program

151:53  Workplace Violence Prevention Program.

I.  In this section:

(a)  "Health facility" means an acute care, rehabilitation, psychiatric, or substance abuse treatment hospital, or an urgent care center licensed under RSA 151; provided that a facility with more than one physical location shall be considered a single health facility; and provided that "health facility" shall not include state-operated medical facilities, and voluntary compliance by a state-operated facility shall not subject such facility to the requirements of this section.  The term “health facility” shall not include any non-hospital affiliated urgent care with less than 3 clinics in New Hampshire.

(b)  "Workplace violence" means any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening behavior.

(c)  “Hostile words” means aggressive and belligerent verbal abuse in which the recipient reasonably believes that the speaker intends to injure or create excessive stress, or in which the recipient suffers actual psychological trauma.

II.  Except as provided in paragraph III, health facilities shall implement and maintain a workplace violence prevention program.  Said program shall consider the size and complexity of the health facility and shall address the following topics, and others deemed appropriate by the health facility, the goal of which is to encourage participation and address prevention, recognition, response, and reporting of workplace violence:

(a)  Policies and procedures to prevent and respond to workplace violence and hostile words.

(b)  Appropriate training, education, and resources to employees based on their roles and responsibilities.  Said training, education, and resources shall include:

(1)  Education on what constitutes workplace violence and hostile words.

(2)  Education on the roles and responsibilities of leadership, clinical staff, security personnel, if applicable, and external law enforcement.

(3)  Training in de-escalation, nonphysical intervention skills, response to emergency incidents, and at the discretion of the health facility, physical intervention techniques.

(4)  The reporting process for workplace violence and hostile words incidents.

(c)  A process to report workplace violence and hostile words incidents internally and externally in order to analyze incidents and trends.

(d)  A process for follow-up and to support victims and witnesses affected by workplace violence or hostile words, including information about available counseling.

(e) A process to conduct an annual facility-specific risk assessment, which shall:

(1)  Examine all existing and potential workplace violence and hostile words risks, including environmental and patient-specific risk factors, the health facility's workplace violence and hostile words incidents, and how the program's policies and procedures, training, education, and environmental design reflect best practices and conform to applicable laws and regulations; and

(2)  Be used to develop recommendations to reduce the risk of workplace violence and hostile words.

III.  A health facility accredited by the Joint Commission on the accreditation of healthcare organizations may give proof of compliance with Joint Commission standards on workplace violence prevention to the health care workplace safety commission established in RSA 151-J, in lieu of paragraph II.

IV.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall follow up on participation in the workplace violence prevention program so that participation status is proactively known and that this status is properly reported in the annual report described in RSA 151-J:7.

V.  Each health facility shall prepare and submit to the health care workplace safety commission established in RSA 151-J an annual report containing all workplace violence and hostile words incidents reported to the health facility directed at an employee by a patient, coworker, supervisor, manager, or other individuals who have a personal relationship with a patient.  The chair of the health and human services oversight committee, established in RSA 126-A:13, with the advice of the health care workplace safety commission, may recommend updates to New Hampshire statutes or recommend updates to the rules adopted for the implementation of this section. The commissioner of health and human services, in consultation with the health care workplace safety commission and the health and human services oversight committee, shall adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A deemed necessary for the implementation of this section in coordination with the department of health and human services, including a common reporting form.

VI.(a)  The annual report required under paragraph V shall include but not be limited to, for each workplace violence or hostile words incident, a description of:

(1)  The incident, including environmental and patient-specific risk factors present at the time of the incident, as well as the appropriate categorization of the incident as workplace violence and/or hostile words.

(2)  The date, time, and location of the incident.

(3)  The nature and extent of injuries to employees.

(4)  A classification, but not any identifiable personal information, of each perpetrator who committed the violence, including whether the perpetrator was:

(A)  A patient;

(B)  An individual who has or is known to have had a personal relationship with a patient;

(C)  A coworker, supervisor; or manager; or

(D)  Any other appropriate classification.

(5)  How the incident was abated, including any incident response and post-incident investigation.

(6)  If the incident involves a patient, the patient's name or other similar identifier shall not be included in the report, provided that the report may include the patient’s diagnosis code and whether or not behavioral health or disability were a factor.

(7)  The percentage of employees that have participated in the workplace violence prevention program in the reporting year immediately preceding the incident. This percentage shall be an annual point in time percentage and is not intended to be a rolling number calculated upon each incident.

(b)  The report shall preserve the reporting distinction between workplace violence and hostile words incidents.  There shall not be any identifiable personal information included in any report unless contained within an attached police report or other official report of a governmental entity.  No person or health care facility shall retaliate in any manner against any reporting individual acting in good faith, or otherwise discriminate against, a person, employee, or subordinate who exercises any rights under this section or rules adopted pursuant to this section, or by any policy or procedure promulgated under this section or RSA 151-J, including but not limited to reporting of a workplace violence or hostile words incident or otherwise providing notice to the health facility regarding the occupational health and safety of the employee or their fellow employees exposed to workplace violence or hostile words risk factors.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize an employee to refuse to discharge his or her ordinary and customary duties in the workplace.

VII.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall be responsible for maintaining, in an easily navigable, searchable, distinct page on the department’s website, a database to share information on the activities of the New Hampshire health care workplace safety commission. Topics included on the page shall include, but not be limited to:

(a)  A listing of all health care facilities by name, with their business address included, which are subject to the provisions of the workplace violence prevention program.

(b)  The participation status of each facility as active, inactive, or unknown.

(c)  The dates of each meeting of the New Hampshire health care workplace safety commission.

(d)  Annually, a press release shall be issued within 60 days of the end of the calendar year, highlighting the active participation of health care facilities and any major findings or recommendations.

VIII. Notwithstanding the requirements of this section, a health facility that is an urgent care center shall not be required to comply with this section before July 1, 2024.

340:2  New Chapter; New Hampshire Health Care Workplace Safety Commission.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 151-I the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 151-J

NEW HAMPSHIRE HEALTH CARE WORKPLACE SAFETY COMMISSION

15I-J:1  Commission Established; Membership.

I.  There is hereby established a commission to review and analyze health care workplace violence safety issues including, but not limited to, reports of workplace violence incidents and trends.  The commission shall also support the development and implementation of health care workplace violence prevention programs, including training, and propose changes to improve the safety in health care workplace settings.

II.(a)  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(1)  One representative of each hospital in New Hampshire, licensed under RSA 151, appointed by the hospital.

(2)  The chief executive officer of the New Hampshire hospital, or designee

(3)  One representative of each non-hospital affiliated urgent care network of 3 or more clinics in New Hampshire, licensed under RSA 151, appointed by the urgent care network.

(4)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

(5)  The commissioner of the department of labor, or designee.

(6)  The attorney general, or designee.

(7)  Three members-at-large, one of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the president of the senate, and one of whom shall be appointed by the governor.

(b)  The governor may remove any member of the commission with cause.

151-J:2  Duties.

I.  The commission shall:

(a)  Review and analyze health care workplace violence safety issues including, but not limited to, reports of workplace violence incidents and trends.

(b)  Support the development and implementation of health care workplace violence prevention programs, including training.

(c)  Propose changes to the health and human services oversight committee, established in RSA 126-A:13, and to the commissioner of the department of health and human services that will improve the safety of the health care workplace.

II.  Sources of data for the duties described in paragraph I may include, but are not limited to, reviews and reports currently required by or submitted to state or national regulatory and accrediting organizations.

151-J:3  Chair; Vice-Chair.  The members of the commission shall elect a chair and vice-chair from among the members at the first meeting.  The terms of the chair and vice-chair shall be 2 years, with the initial term for the chair to be 3 years, and until successors are elected.  The chair shall be responsible for the orderly proceedings of the commission meetings and for compliance with mandates of this chapter.  The vice-chair shall serve in the absence of the chair.

151-J:4  Education.  Each member of the commission shall be responsible for the dissemination of commission discussions to his or her institutions.  All such information shall be disseminated through each participant's safety and security program in order to protect the confidentiality of all participants and patients involved in any incident or topic discussed.

151-J:5  Confidentiality.

I.  All information, other than police reports, submitted to or collected by the commission, including, but not limited to, written, oral, and electronic information; records and proceedings of the commission, including, but not limited to, oral testimony and discussions, notes, minutes, summaries, analyses, and reports; and information disseminated by the commission or its members to hospitals and urgent care centers shall be confidential and privileged and shall be protected from direct or indirect means of discovery, subpoena, or admission into evidence in any judicial, administrative, or other type of proceeding.  The provision of information to the commission and the dissemination of information by the commission shall not be deemed to void, waive, or impair in any manner the confidentiality protection of this section or which the information may have under any other law or regulation.

II.  Information, documents, or records otherwise available from original sources shall not be construed as immune from discovery or use in any civil or administrative action merely because they were presented to the commission.  Any person who supplies information to or testifies before the commission shall not be immune from discovery in any civil or administrative action because the information or testimony was presented to the commission, but such witness shall not be asked about and shall not provide information about his or her testimony before this commission or opinions formed by him or her as a result of commission participation.

III.  Notwithstanding paragraph I, if a workplace violence incident involves a patient, the health care workplace safety commission and the health care quality and patient safety commission established in RSA 151-G may share information about the incident for the purpose of reviewing and analyzing incidents involving both a patient and an employee. Nevertheless, the principles of data minimization will be respected to include deidentification of any personally identifiable information.

151-J:6  Administration.  The commission may delegate to the department of health and human services the functions of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating workplace violence information, organizing and convening meetings of the commission, and other substantive and administrative tasks as may be incident to these activities or directed by the commission.  The activities of the department of health and human services and its employees or agents shall be subject to the same confidentiality provisions and data privacy as those that apply to the commission.

151-J:7  Reports.  The commission shall annually report its findings and any recommendations which may include proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate president, the governor, and the health and human services oversight committee established in RSA 126-A:13.  Such report shall describe the activities of the commission, indicate the extent of each institution's participation, state the aggregate relative frequency of workplace violence incidents, the nature and extent of injuries, how incidents were responded to, and, to the extent possible, identify strategies for reducing workplace violence incidents.  Any information about processes or outcomes provided pursuant to this section shall be aggregate data only and shall not reference individual incidents, patients, health care providers, or institutions.

151-J:8  Rulemaking.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, with the advice of members of the commission, shall adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A, to assure de-identification of all individuals and facilities involved in the incidents received.

151-J:9  Exemption; State Operated Medical Facilities.  All medical facilities operated by the state of New Hampshire shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of the health care workplace safety commission established in this chapter.

340:3  New Hampshire Health Care Quality and Safety Commission.  Amend the title of RSA 151-G to read as follows:

CHAPTER 151-G

NEW HAMPSHIRE HEALTH CARE QUALITY AND PATIENT SAFETY COMMISSION

340:4  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 151:53, relative to the workplace violence prevention program.

II.  RSA 151-J, relative to New Hampshire health care workplace safety commission.

340:5  Effective Date.  

I. Section 4 of this act shall take effect March 1, 2034.

II. The remainder of this act shall take effect July 1, 2023.

 

Approved: July 25, 2022

Effective Date:

I. Section 4 effective March 1, 2034

II. Remainder effective July 1, 2023

 

 

Links

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Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 9, 2022 Senate Hearing
March 17, 2022 Senate Floor Vote
March 31, 2022 Senate Floor Vote
April 12, 2022 House Hearing
April 12, 2022 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
April 27, 2022 House Exec Session
April 27, 2022 House Exec Session
April 27, 2022 House Exec Session
April 27, 2022 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

SB459 Revision: 36841 Date: July 26, 2022, 9:23 a.m.
SB459 Revision: 36406 Date: June 9, 2022, 10:30 a.m.
SB459 Revision: 36602 Date: June 7, 2022, 4:04 p.m.
SB459 Revision: 36147 Date: May 5, 2022, 11 a.m.
SB459 Revision: 35975 Date: April 28, 2022, 11:25 a.m.
SB459 Revision: 35824 Date: April 21, 2022, 2:38 p.m.
SB459 Revision: 35735 Date: April 20, 2022, 11:12 a.m.
SB459 Revision: 35384 Date: March 22, 2022, 3:51 p.m.
SB459 Revision: 35192 Date: March 9, 2022, 3:25 p.m.
SB459 Revision: 35025 Date: Feb. 22, 2022, 9:14 a.m.

Docket


July 26, 2022: II. Remainder Effective 07/01/2023


July 26, 2022: I. Section 4 Effective 03/01/2034


July 26, 2022: Signed by the Governor on 07/25/2022; Chapter 0340


June 15, 2022: Enrolled (in recess of) 05/26/2022 HJ 14


June 15, 2022: Enrolled Adopted, VV, (In recess 05/26/2022); SJ 13


June 15, 2022: Enrolled Adopted, VV, (In recess 05/26/2022); SJ 13


June 15, 2022: Enrolled (in recess of) 05/26/2022 HJ 14


June 9, 2022: Enrolled Bill Amendment # 2022-2104e Adopted, VV, (In recess of 05/26/2022); SJ 13


June 8, 2022: Enrolled Bill Amendment # 2022-2104-EBA: AA VV (in recess of) 05/26/2022 HJ 14


May 12, 2022: Sen. Bradley Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 05/12/2022; SJ 12


May 5, 2022: Ought to Pass with Amendment 1871h: MA RC 220-87 05/04/2022 HJ 11


May 5, 2022: Amendment # 1871h: AA VV 05/04/2022 HJ 11


April 28, 2022: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2022-1871h (Vote 18-2; RC)


April 22, 2022: Executive Session: 04/27/2022 03:00 pm LOB 210-211


April 26, 2022: ==CONTINUED== Division Work Session: 04/27/2022 11:30 am LOB 210-211


April 22, 2022: Executive Session: 04/27/2022 03:00 pm LOB 210-211


April 22, 2022: Division Work Session: 04/26/2022 11:30 am LOB 210-211


April 22, 2022: Executive Session: 04/27/2022 03:00 pm LOB 210-211


April 22, 2022: Division Work Session: 04/25/2022 01:00 pm LOB 210-211


April 22, 2022: Executive Session: 04/27/2022 03:00 pm LOB 210-211


April 22, 2022: Division Work Session: 04/22/2022 03:00 pm LOB 210-211


April 21, 2022: Referred to Finance 04/21/2022 HJ 10


April 21, 2022: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2022-1678h: MA RC 264-64 04/21/2022 HJ 10


April 21, 2022: FLAM # 2022-1678h (Reps. Layon, Perez): AA RC 182-146 04/21/2022 HJ 10


April 14, 2022: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


April 14, 2022: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 12-9; RC) HC 15 P. 18


April 14, 2022: Executive Session: 04/12/2022 09:30 am LOB 205-207


April 4, 2022: Public Hearing: 04/12/2022 09:30 am LOB 205-207


April 1, 2022: Introduced 03/31/2022 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs


March 31, 2022: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/31/2022; SJ 7


March 23, 2022: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/31/2022; SC 13


March 17, 2022: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2022-1051s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 03/17/2022; SJ 5


March 17, 2022: Committee Amendment # 2022-1051s, AA, VV; 03/17/2022; SJ 5


March 9, 2022: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2022-1051s, 03/17/2022; SC 11


Feb. 23, 2022: Hearing: 03/09/2022, Room 101, LOB, 09:00 am;


Feb. 22, 2022: Introduced 02/16/2022 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 4