ACT 30 - MEDICAL CARE AVAILABILITY AND REDUCTION OF ERROR (MCARE) ACT - EXTENDING PATIENT SAFETY STANDARDS TO CERTAIN ABORTION FACILITIES

Amending the act of March 20, 2002 (P.L.154, No.13), entitled "An act reforming the law on medical professional liability; providing for patient safety and reporting; establishing the Patient Safety Authority and the Patient Safety Trust Fund; abrogating regulations; providing for medical professional liability informed consent, damages, expert qualifications, limitations of actions and medical records; establishing the Interbranch Commission on Venue; providing for medical professional liability insurance; establishing the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund; providing for medical professional liability claims; establishing the Joint Underwriting Association; regulating medical professional liability insurance; providing for medical licensure regulation; providing for administration; imposing penalties; and making repeals," extending patient safety standards to certain abortion facilities. The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows: Section 1. The definition of "medical facility" in section 302 of the act of March 20, 2002 (P.L.154, No.13), known as the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, is amended and the section is amended by adding a definition to read:

Section 302. Definitions.

The following words and phrases when used in this chapter shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise: "Abortion facility." A facility or medical facility as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 3203 (relating to definitions) which is subject to this chapter pursuant to section 315(b) or (c) and which is not subject to licensure under the act of July 19, 1979 (P.L.130, No.48), known as the Health Care Facilities Act.

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