04RS HB323


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HB 323/FN (BR 1365) - R. Adams, J. Adams, J. Arnold Jr, A. Arnold, J. Barrows, C. Belcher, Dw. Butler, M. Cherry, P. Clark, J. Coleman, J. Comer, T. Couch, J. Draud, T. Edmonds, J. Fischer, D. Ford, J. Higdon, T. Kerr, P. Marcotte, T. McKee, R. Mobley, F. Nesler, R. Rand, A. Simpson, D. Sims, J. Stacy, J. Stewart, R. Thomas, C. Walton, M. Weaver, R. Wilkey

     AN ACT relating to critical access hospitals and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 216.380 to authorize a critical access hospital to increase its acute care bed capacity to 25 beds without obtaining a certificate of need; permit a critical access hospital to operate a distinct psychiatric unit or distinct rehabilitation unit, with a maximum of ten beds per unit, subject to certificate of need approval; and exclude the psychiatric unit and the rehabilitation unit beds from calculations used to determine the number of beds or the average length of stay for purposes of applying limitations; EMERGENCY.


     HCA (1, H. Moberly) - Provide that no acute care hospital shall convert to a critical access hospital unless the hospital has either a feasibility study funded through the Kentucky State Office of Rural Health or has filed a written request by February 1, 2004, with the Office of Rural Health requesting funding for a feasibility study.

     Jan 20-introduced in House
     Jan 21-to Appropriations and Revenue (H)
     Feb 20-posted in committee
     Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendment (1)
     Feb 25-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 26, 2004
     Feb 26-3rd reading, passed 96-0 with committee amendment (1)
     Feb 27-received in Senate
     Mar 2-to Appropriations and Revenue (S)
     Mar 16-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 17-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 18-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 23, 2004
     Mar 23-3rd reading, passed 35-0; received in House
     Mar 24-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 2-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 56)

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