HB 640 – North CarolinaStatus: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2017
AN ACT EXEMPTING AMBULATORY AND CERTAIN ACTIVITIES IN SMALLER COMMUNTY HOSPITALS FROM CERTIFICATE OF NEED REVIEW: would exempt from certificate of need review the construction, acquisition, or establishment of an ambulatory surgical facility, provided that all the following criteria are met: a physician or physician group licensed to practice makes every effort to enter a joint venture for the construction, development, acquisition, or establishment of the ambulatory surgical facility with an acute care or critical access hospital license and are unable to make an agreement. In this case the physician or physician group must send a written notification of this inability to the Department. The ambulatory surgical facility must have an agreement with a hospital within a reasonable distance from the facility, or the medical staff at the ambulatory surgical facility must have hospital privileges or other documented arrangements with a hospital that are deemed sufficient by the Department to ensure that inpatient hospital services will be available to address any medical complications that require a patient of the ambulatory surgical facility to be admitted to a hospital for inpatient care. The ambulatory surgical facility must have the capability to immediately transfer a patient to a hospital with adequate emergency room services and that is within a reasonable distance from the facility.