The bill creates a new license, referred to as a "freestanding emergency department license", for the department of public health and environment to issue on or after July 1, 2022, to a health facility that offers emergency care, that may offer primary and urgent care services, and that is either:
- Owned or operated by, or affiliated with, a hospital or hospital system and located more than 250 yards from the main campus of the hospital; or
- Independent from and not operated by or affiliated with a hospital or hospital system and not attached to or situated within 250 yards of, or contained within, a hospital.
A facility licensed as a community clinic before July 1, 2010, and that serves a rural community or ski area is excluded from the definition of "freestanding emergency department".
The bill allows the department to waive the licensure requirements for a facility that is licensed as a community clinic or that is seeking community clinic licensure and serves an underserved population in the state.
The state board of health is to adopt rules regarding the new license, including rules to set licensure requirements and fees and safety and care standards.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)