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Open Discussions About Adverse Health Care Incidents

Concerning the creation of a process by which certain parties to an adverse health care incident may discuss potential outcomes.
2019 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

Health facilities - health care providers - adverse health care incidents - protected communications with patients. The act creates the "Colorado Candor Act" (Act), which:

  • Establishes a process for open communication between a patient and a health care provider or health facility after an adverse health care incident; and
  • Provides that communications under the Act are privileged and confidential, are inadmissible as evidence in any subsequent proceedings arising directly out of the adverse health care incident, and are not subject to discovery, subpoena, or other means of legal compulsion for release.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

Pursuant to HJR20-1007, the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly is Temporarily Adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020. 

COVID-19 Resources

Temporary Guidelines for Review and Comment Meetings

The legislature will meet in limited session on Monday, March 30th. The Capitol will be open for the duration of the session for those with essential business related to the session. The building will not be available for public tours. People without essential business are encouraged to access the session through the General Assembly website and Colorado Channel.  Anybody with essential business related to the session will be required to practice appropriate social distancing measures.