OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-290

AN ACT CONCERNING PATIENT-DESIGNATED CAREGIVERS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

UConn Health Center

SF - Cost

Up to 325,000

300,000

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires hospitals to provide training and instruction for designated caregivers prior to a patient's discharge. This may be provided either in person, or through video technology, at the discretion of the caregiver. This requirement is expected to cost the John Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center up to $325,000 in FY 16 and $300,000 in FY 17.

These costs represent salary and fringes for two and a half full time equivalent employees to provide an estimated half hour of training for each of the average 30 discharges from Dempsey each day, beginning October 1, 2015. Additionally, a one-time cost of up to $100,000 would be incurred in FY 16 for software updates and modifications to the Lodgenet system in order to provide the video capabilities required by the bill.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.