Friday, February 13, 2015

It's rolling, baby.

The Senate passed a bill unanimously to remove the exemptions from public records laws for the public hospitals.  Copy of bill SB #2407.  The relevant proposed changes in the law are :

SECTION 1.  Section 25-41-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     25-41-3.  For purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the meaning ascribed herein, to wit:
          (a)  "Public body" means any executive or administrative board, commission, authority, council, department, agency, bureau or any other policymaking entity, or committee thereof, of the State of Mississippi, or any political subdivision or municipal corporation of the state, whether * * * the entity be created by statute or executive order, which is supported wholly or in part by public funds or expends public funds, and any standing, interim or special committee of the Mississippi Legislature.  The term "public body" includes the governing board of a charter school authorized by the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board and the board of trustees of a community hospital as defined in Section 41-13-10.....

 (4)  Records of a public hospital board relating to the purchase or sale of medical or other practices or other business operations, and the recruitment of physicians and other health care professionals, shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter while the recruiting or negotiation is ongoing, but the records shall be available upon execution of an employment agreement or contract....

(4)  Each board of trustees of a community hospital, as defined in Section 41-13-10, shall create its own Accountability and Transparency website no later than January 1, 2016.  This website shall:
          (a)  Provide access to existing financial reports, financial audits, budgets and other financial documents that are used to allocate, appropriate, spend and account for public funds;
          (b)  Have a unique and simplified website address;
          (c)  Include links, features or functionality that will assist the public in obtaining and reviewing public financial information;
          (d)  Report expenditure information currently available within the computer system of each community hospital; and
          (d)  Design the reporting format using the existing capabilities of the computer system of each community hospital.....

SECTION 11.  Section 41-9-68, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
     41-9-68.  Hospital records maintained by public hospitals * * * shall be exempt from the provisions of the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983.  The official minutes of the board of trustees of a public hospital, financial reports filed as required by statute with the board of supervisors, municipal governing authority or any other agency of government, executed employment contracts between the hospital and a health care professional, or any other record maintained by public hospitals that does not fall within the definition of the term "hospital records" as the term "hospital records" is defined in Section 41-9-61, shall not be exempt from the provisions of the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983.


Anonymous said...

While on a roll, I wish the legislature would remove its own exemption too. Not sure why they deserve to conduct the people's business behind closed doors while demanding that other public bodies do the same. What about it Tater?

Anonymous said...

Tate isn't doing business behind closed doors. Nope, he's busy downing double chili-cheeseburgers and biggie fries. Tate's got a profile to keep up. If you know what I mean.

Anonymous said...

I like Tate. What's with all the personal insults lately? Is your body perfect?

Anonymous said...

Tate is an idiot and the next governor. That said.....

I was once news director for the TV station in Tuscaloosa, AL. The chief sponsor for the 6 p.m. news was First National Bank of Tuskaloosa. (Yep, that's how they spelled it.) The chairman of the Druid City Hospital board was also the President of FNB of T. I had been on the job for about three months when the station manager calls me into the office and wants to know why we didn't have a reporter at the hospital board of directors meeting last night. Then he tells me FNB of T is going to drop its sponsorship of the news if we don't cover the next board meeting. Being from Mississippi, I never dreamed hospital board meetings would WANT reporters to be at the meetings. Just shows the difference.

Anonymous said...

So this exempts UMMC?

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