A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION TO STUDY FEDERAL AND STATE BARRIERS TO A MARKET-BASED HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM, TO COMPARE HOSPITAL-BASED OPERATING ROOM AND AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS AS A VENUE FOR THE PROVISION OF SURGICAL SERVICES, TO STUDY NORTH CAROLINA'S CERTIFICATE OF NEED PROGRAM IN COMPARISON WITH OTHER STATES, AND TO STUDY OTHER RELATED CERTIFICATE OF NEED ISSUES.
Amends GS 131E-176 to delete the definition for diagnostic center. Makes a conforming change. Adds a definition for single-specialty ambulatory operating room, which is also designated as a new institutional health service. Amends GS 131E-178 to clarify the law requiring ambulatory surgical facilities providing gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures to obtain a certificate of need (CON), unless exempted from the requirement. Directs any person proposing to create single-specialty ambulatory operating rooms in an ambulatory surgery facility to obtain a CON, unless exempted. Amends GS 131E-182 to update the application procedures for establishing such single-specialty ambulatory operating rooms; makes these revisions expire when conforming administrative rules are adopted. Adds in GS 131E-184(a), as a reason for exempting a new institutional health service from CON review, the development or replacement of an institutional health service that received CON approval as a diagnostic center before the act's effective date. Adds General Assembly findings concerning CONs to GS 131E-175.
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