SB 621
Amends various provisions regarding the licensure and inspection of hospitals
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/18/2012 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 621-Brown, with SCS, SS for SCS & SA 1 (pending)
Journal Page:
SCS SB 621
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2012

Current Bill Summary

SS/SCS/SB 621 - This act requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to review and revise its regulations governing hospital licensure and enforcement to promote efficiency and eliminate duplicate regulations and inspections by or on behalf of the state and federal agencies.

The department is also required to adopt regulations that require among other things: (1) Specific findings of deficiencies to refer to the specific written and publicly available standard that is the basis of the finding; (2) Consistency with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Conditions of Participation; (3) A process and standards to determine if a complaint warrants an onsite investigation; (4) Limits to a complaint investigation performed by the department to the specific regulatory standard raised by the complaint, unless there is a documented immediate and serious threat, as defined directly and through interpretive guidelines included in hospital licensure regulations; and (5) A process to provide a hospital with a report of all complaints made against it.

The department shall also designate adequate and sufficient consultation and staffing resources to facilitate the required annual inspection of hospitals for licensure. The department shall also accept a hospital inspection report from the CMS-approved organizations in lieu of the department's or other governmental organization's annual inspection report and also shall accept such hospital inspection report for licensure purposes if the accreditation inspection was conducted within 3 years, rather than 1 year, of the most recent license renewal. This act also limits the scope of a good cause departmental inspection to the specific regulatory standard raised by the complaint.

A hospital and its staff shall have the opportunity to participate at least annually in training sessions provided to state licensure surveyors and in the training of surveyors assigned to the inspection of hospitals to the fullest extent possible.

This act also establishes specific timelines identical to those in CMS's State Operations Manual for state hospital officials to respond to a hospital regarding the status and outcome of pending investigations and possible regulatory action.

These provisions are substantially similar to HB 1123 (2012) and substantially similar to HCS/HB 579 (2011).