REPORT TITLE:
Cancer statistics


DESCRIPTION:
Requires cancer cases detected in physician's offices,
laboratories, free-standing radiation oncology facilities, and
other treatment and pathology facilities be reported to the
Hawaii Tumor Registry or hospital-based registries.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                        2013 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO MEDICAL RESEARCH.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1. While cancer is a reportable disease in Hawaii,
 
 2 the legislature finds that the current law is limited because it
 
 3 only requires hospitals, skilled nursing homes, and intermediate
 
 4 care homes to report cancer cases.  Advances in medicine have
 
 5 allowed for the treatment of many cases outside a hospital
 
 6 setting, such as the dermatologist's office.  Yet the law does
 
 7 not require physicians and other treatment facilities to report
 
 8 cases they diagnose and treat in an out-patient setting to the
 
 9 Hawaii Tumor Registry or hospital-based registries.  As a result,
 
10 the statistics on the incidence rate of cancer in the state are
 
11 inaccurate due to underreporting.
 
12      The purpose of this Act is to improve the cancer statistics
 
13 by requiring cancer cases detected in physician's offices,
 
14 laboratories, free-standing radiation oncology facilities, and
 
15 other treatment and pathology facilities to be reported to the
 
16 Hawaii Tumor Registry or hospital-based registries.
 
17      SECTION 2.  Section 324-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
18 amended to read as follows:
 

 
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 1      "324-21  Sources of information protected.  (a)  Any
 
 2 person, public or private medical facility, or social or
 
 3 educational agency, may provide information, interviews, reports,
 
 4 statements, memoranda, or other data or relevant material
 
 5 relating to individuals with cancer to the Hawaii Tumor Registry.
 
 6 [Such] The information may be used in the course of any cancer
 
 7 research study approved by the cancer commission of the Hawaii
 
 8 Medical Association.
 
 9      (b)  Hospitals, skilled nursing homes [and], intermediate
 
10 care homes, free-standing radiation oncology facilities, and
 
11 other treatment or pathology facilities shall submit a report of
 
12 any person admitted with or diagnosed as having cancer to the
 
13 Hawaii Tumor Registry [on a form] or participating hospital
 
14 registry according to a format approved by the cancer commission
 
15 of the Hawaii Medical Association.  Physicians who diagnose or
 
16 treat a patient for cancer shall also submit a report to the
 
17 Hawaii Tumor Registry or participating hospital registry unless
 
18 the patient has previously been admitted or treated at a
 
19 hospital, skilled nursing home, intermediate care home, or free-
 
20 standing radiation oncology facility for that particular cancer.
 
21 The Hawaii Tumor Registry staff or their representative or
 
22 hospital-based registry staff may assist [such] the hospitals
 

 
 
 
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 1 [and], institutions, treatment or pathology facilities, and
 
 2 physician offices in the preparation of [such report forms.] the
 
 3 reports.
 
 4      (c)  No liability of any kind or character for damages or
 
 5 other relief shall arise or be enforced against any person or
 
 6 organization by reason of having provided the information or
 
 7 material, or by reason of having released or published the
 
 8 findings, conclusions, and summaries of the researchers to
 
 9 advance medical research and medical education."
 
10      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 
11 New statutory material is underscored.
 
12      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
 
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14                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________