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.
Amend title to conform.