|HB 135 - Certificate of need; exempt certain hospitals|
First Reader Summary
A BILL to amend Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia
Annotated, relating to health, so as to provide that hospitals
having more than a certain number of beds shall be exempt from
the requirement of obtaining a certificate of need in order to
offer home health care services; and for other purposes.
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HB 135 LC 11 9119
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1- 1 To amend Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated,
1- 2 relating to health, so as to provide that hospitals having
1- 3 more than a certain number of beds shall be exempt from the
1- 4 requirement of obtaining a certificate of need in order to
1- 5 offer home health care services; to provide for related
1- 6 matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal
1- 7 conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
1- 8 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
1- 9 SECTION 1.
1-10 Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating
1-11 to health, is amended by striking the word "and" at the end
1-12 of paragraph (15) of subsection (a) of Code Section 31-6-47,
1-13 relating to exemptions from the certificate of need program,
1-14 and by striking the period at the end of paragraph (16) and
1-15 inserting in lieu thereof "; and" and by adding a new
1-16 paragraph (17) to read as follows:
1-17 "(17) Expenditures by a hospital with more than 250 beds
1-18 for the purpose of providing the services of a home
1-19 health agency to patients of such hospital after
1-20 discharge from such hospital."
1-21 SECTION 2.
1-22 Said title is further amended by adding at the end of Code
1-23 Section 31-7-155, relating to certificates of need for new
1-24 service or extending service by a home health agency, to
1-25 read as follows:
1-26 "(d) Notwithstanding any other provision, no home health
1-27 agency operated by a hospital in this state with more than
1-28 250 beds shall be required to obtain a certificate of need
1-29 to continue such operation or to expand its service area."
1-30 SECTION 3.
1-31 This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1997.
2- 1 SECTION 4.
2- 2 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are
2- 3 repealed.
Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98