Kentucky Bill Establishes Statewide Stroke Registry

On April 11 Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 467, which requires the Department for Public Health to establish and implement a plan for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of care provided under Kentucky’s statewide stroke system of care. 
As part of the plan, the department must establish a statewide stroke registry.  All Primary Stroke Centers will be required, and other hospitals will be encouraged, to participate in the registry using Get With the Guidelines – Stroke, or equivalent, as the data platform.  The department must also create a data oversight process which will include: analysis of the data included in the stroke registry, identification of potential interventions to improve stroke care in specific geographic regions of the state, and regularly submitted recommendations to the department and the Kentucky General Assembly for improvement in the delivery of stroke care in the state. 
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