View Amendment Current Amendment: 1 to Bill 3983 The Committee on Ways and Means proposes the following Amendment No. 1 to H. 3983 (COUNCIL\GGS\3983C001.GGS.VR13):

Reference is to the bill as introduced.

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking Section 44-7-4150, page 2, lines 20-35, and inserting:

/      Section 44-7-4150.      Notwithstanding any provision in the ''State Certificate of Need and Health Facility Licensure Act'', Article 3, chapter 7, title 44, a hospital located in a rural county that has closed and relinquished its license to operate within three years from the date of closure may reopen and operate as a freestanding emergency facility pursuant to the provisions of this article without having to obtain a Certificate of Need.

     Section 44-7-4160.      (A)      The governing authority under which the freestanding emergency facility will provide services shall issue a request for proposal or other solicitation, setting forth the terms and provisions for a hospital to reopen as a freestanding emergency facility pursuant to this article; provided, however, the Department of Health and Human Services shall review and approve the request for proposal or other solicitation before the governing authority may issue it.
     (B)      A hospital applying to operate a freestanding emergency facility shall submit an application and response to the governing authority's request for proposal or other solicitation.
     (C)      Upon selection of a hospital to operate a freestanding emergency facility, the governing authority shall submit a reopening plan to the department no sooner than thirty days before the time the board desires to reopen the closed hospital as a freestanding emergency facility. The department shall inspect the hospital facility on a priority basis.
     (D)      To the extent that a portion of the hospital facility identified in the reopening plan is not in compliance with life safety standards at its designated reopen time, the department shall specify a time within which the violations must be corrected."            /

Renumber sections to conform.
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