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F207791766D5F92D872583D9007B2DDF Hearing Summary


Date Apr 11, 2019      
Location HCR 0112

SB19-201 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole

04:25:34 PM  

The committee recessed.

04:35:16 PM  

The committee returned to order. Representatives Tipper and McKean, prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-201, concerning the creation of a process by which certain parties to an adverse health care incident may discuss potential outcomes.  Representative Tipper explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative McKean provided input on the bill's merits.

04:49:45 PM  

The following people testified regarding SB 19-201:

Mr. Jim Leventhal, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. He explained how the bill shields certain persons from liability. Committee members received two studies on malpractice (Attachments E and F), and an article on physician misbehavior (G). Mr. Leventhal responded to questions.

05:15:42 PM  

Mr. David Woodruff, representing himself and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, testified in support of SB 19-201. Mr. Woodruff addressed claims made during earlier testimony.

Dr. Wilson Pace, representing the Colorado Association of Family Physicians and the Colorado Medical Society, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Pace recounted an instance of medical malpractice, and explained how the bill might have brought some resolution. He also discussed the successes of a program in another jurisdiction engaging the practices facilitated by the bill.

Dr. Jean Martin, representing COPIC, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Martin provided further insight on the effect of the bill, and addressed questions that have arisen since the bill passed through the Senate.

Ms. Patty Skolnik, representing Citizens for Patient Safety, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Skolnik discussed the loss of her son to unnecessary surgery, and legislation that was inspired by this loss. She also provided further input on the effect of the SB 19-201. Discussion ensued regarding claims about the bill made during earlier discussion.

05:42:44 PM  

No amendments were offered to SB 19-201. Representatives Tipper and McKean provided closing remarks in support of the bill. Various committee members provided their positions on the bill.

05:51:27 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-201 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved McKean
Seconded Tipper
Benavidez Yes
Bockenfeld Yes
Carver Yes
Galindo Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Soper Yes
Tipper Yes
Herod Yes
Weissman Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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