§61-12A-2. Responsibilities of the Fatality and Mortality Review Team.

(a) The Fatality and Mortality Review Team shall:

(A) Review and analyze the deaths resulting from suspected domestic violence, the deaths of all infants and all women who die during pregnancy, at the time of birth or within one year of the birth of a child, and the deaths of children under 18 years of age;

(B) Ascertain and document the trends, patterns, and risk factors; and

(C) Provide statistical information and analysis regarding the causes of certain fatalities; and

(D) Establish processes and protocols for the review and analysis of fatalities and mortalities of those who were not suffering from mortal diseases shortly before death;

(b) Actions the team may not take or engage in, including:

(A) Call witnesses or take testimony from individuals involved in the investigation of a fatality;

(B) Contact a family member of the deceased, unless there is a clear public health interest which is approved by a majority vote of the team;

(C) Enforce any public health standard or criminal law or otherwise participate in any legal proceeding; or

(D) Otherwise take any action which, in the determination of a prosecuting attorney or his or her assistants, impairs the ability of the prosecuting attorney, his or her assistants or any law-enforcement officer to perform his or her statutory duties.

(c) The Fatality and Mortality Review Team shall submit an annual report to the Governor, the Office of the Inspector General, and to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability concerning its activities. The report is due annually starting on December 1, 2024, and shall reflect the previous year's data. The report is to include statistical information and an epidemiological analysis concerning cases reviewed during the year, trends and patterns concerning these cases and the team's recommendations to reduce the number of fatalities and mortalities that occur in the state.

(d) The Fatality and Mortality Review Team may provide reporting to birth facilities, practitioners, and government entities to inform internal peer review activities of recommend changes to practices or policies. The information is confidential and shall be used only for peer review purposes.