Statewide Stroke System Bill Approved by House Subcommittee

Last Wednesday, the House Medical, Military, Public & Municipal Affairs Subcommittee approved S.588 (Jackson), the Stroke Prevention Act of 2011. This legislation was the result of recommendations from the Stroke System of Care Study Committee established in 2009. Although SCHA signed off on the report’s findings, several provisions were problematic within the hospital community. With input from SCHA membership, the American Hospital Association, and Genentech, we worked with Senator Jackson so that the bill, now in its current form, will establish the infrastructure to support a successful state wide stroke system of care. The bill will now go before the full 3M Committee. Here are the highlights: 
•    requires DHEC to identify hospitals as primary stroke centers, stroke enabled centers through telemedicine and other levels as they become recognized by a national accrediting body;
•    establishes a Stroke System of Care Advisory Council to be appointed by DHEC, and provides for its membership;
•    requires DHEC to develop and implement the statewide system of stroke care with input from its Divisions of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the Advisory Council; and
•    establishes a method for developing protocols with the Division of Emergency Medical Services.

05-17-2011 12:00 (EDT)