HOSPITALS AND SANITARIA
AMBULATORY CARE CLINICS
In this chapter:
I. "Ambulatory care clinic" means any institution or organization, publicly or privately owned, for-profit or not-for-profit, which is engaged in the operation of, or formed for the purposes of operating, an ambulatory health care facility, licensed by the state of New Hampshire, in which health care services are offered to the public on an outpatient basis by or under the direction of physicians licensed by the state of New Hampshire and licensed health care professionals. The term "ambulatory care clinic" shall also include medical facilities operated by the division of medical and psychiatric services, department of corrections.
II. "Records" means records of interviews, internal reviews and investigations, and all reports, statements, minutes, memoranda, charts, statistics, and other documentation generated during the activities of a quality assurance program. Records shall not mean original medical records or other records kept relative to any patient in the course of the business of operating an ambulatory care clinic.
III. "Quality assurance program" means a comprehensive, ongoing organization-wide system of mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the quality and appropriateness of the care provided, so that important problems and trends in the delivery of care are identified and that steps are taken to correct problems and to take advantage of opportunities to improve care.
Source. 1995, 116:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996.