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.

McBee, Louise (88th) Heard, Keith G (89th) Hudgens, Ralph T (24th)
Status Summary HC: H&E SC: LA: 01/16/97 H - Read 2nd Time
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House Action Senate
1/15/97 Read 1st Time
1/16/97 Read 2nd Time

HB 135                                             LC 11 9119 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  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. 
 
 
 
 
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  2- 1                           SECTION 4. 
 
  2- 2  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  2- 3  repealed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98

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