Nevada Public Health and Safety
Reports of sentinel events: Duties of Division; confidentiality.
The Division shall:
Collect and maintain reports received pursuant to NRS 439.835 and 439.843 and any additional information requested by the Division pursuant to NRS 439.841;
Ensure that such reports, and any additional documents created from such reports, are protected adequately from fire, theft, loss, destruction and other hazards and from unauthorized access;
Annually prepare a report of sentinel events reported pursuant to NRS 439.835 by a medical facility, including, without limitation, the type of event, the number of events, the rate of occurrence of events, and the medical facility which reported the event, and provide the report for inclusion on the Internet website maintained pursuant to NRS 439A.270; and
Annually prepare a summary of the reports received pursuant to NRS 439.835 and provide a summary for inclusion on the Internet website maintained pursuant to NRS 439A.270. The Division shall maintain the confidentiality of the patient, the provider of health care or other member of the staff of the medical facility identified in the reports submitted pursuant to NRS 439.835 when preparing the annual summary pursuant to this paragraph.
Except as otherwise provided in this section and NRS 239.0115, reports received pursuant to NRS 439.835 and subsection 1 of NRS 439.843 and any additional information requested by the Division pursuant to NRS 439.841 are confidential, not subject to subpoena or discovery and not subject to inspection by the general public.
The report prepared pursuant to paragraph (c) of subsection 1 must provide to the public information concerning each medical facility which provided medical services and care in the immediately preceding calendar year and must:
Be presented in a manner that allows a person to view and compare the information for the medical facilities;
Be readily accessible and understandable by a member of the general public;
Use standard statistical methodology, including without limitation, risk-adjusted methodology when applicable, and include the description of the methodology and data limitations contained in the report;
Not identify a patient, provider of health care or other member of the staff of the medical facility; and
Not be reported for a medical facility if reporting the data would risk identifying a patient.