CHAPTER 368v
HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS

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Sec. 19a-487. Critical access hospitals: Board of directors.
Sec. 19a-487a. Critical access hospitals: Certificate of need exemption for hospital beds and related equipment.
Sec. 19a-487b. Critical access hospitals: Regulations.
Sec. 19a-490. (Formerly Sec. 19-576). Licensing of institutions. Definitions.
Sec. 19a-490b. Furnishing of health records and veterans' information. Access to tissue slides or blocks. Process for providing access to health records upon cessation of operations.
Sec. 19a-490m. Development of surgery protocols by hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities.
Sec. 19a-491. (Formerly Sec. 19-577). License and certificate required. Application. Fees. Minimum service quality standards. Regulations.
Sec. 19a-493. (Formerly Sec. 19-578). Issuance and renewal of license. Provisional license. Scheduled and unscheduled inspections. Annual report. Change of ownership.
Sec. 19a-493b. Definition of outpatient surgical facility. Licensure and exceptions. Compliance with certificate of need requirements. Dental clinics not subject to section. Waiver of certain licensure regulation requirements.
Sec. 19a-497. Filing of strike contingency plan. Summary order. Civil penalty: Notification and hearing requirement. Regulations. Collective bargaining implications.
Sec. 19a-509a. Audits of hospital bills. Charges.
Sec. 19a-515. (Formerly Sec. 19-596). License renewal. Continuing education requirement.
Sec. 19a-550a. Patient's rights pursuant to Medicare conditions of participation.

      Sec. 19a-487. Critical access hospitals: Board of directors. (a) There is established a board of directors to advise the Department of Public Health on the operations of the critical access hospital. The board shall consist of the following members: The Commissioners of Public Health, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Public Safety and Social Services, or their designees, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, the Adjutant General, or the Adjutant General's designee, one representative of a hospital in this state with more than five hundred licensed beds and one representative of a hospital in this state with five hundred or fewer licensed beds, both appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health. The Commissioner of Public Health shall be the chairperson of the board. The board shall adopt bylaws and shall meet at such times as specified in such bylaws and at such other times as the Commissioner of Public Health deems necessary.

      (b) The board shall advise the department on matters, including, but not limited to: Operating policies and procedures; facility deployment and operation; appropriate utilization of the facility; clinical programs and delivery of patient health care services; hospital staffing patterns and staff-to-patient ratios; human resources policies; standards and accreditation guidelines; credentialing of clinical and support staff; patient admission, transfer and discharge policies and procedures; quality assurance and performance improvement; patient rates and billing and reimbursement mechanisms; staff education and training requirements and alternative facility uses.

      (P.A. 05-280, S. 57.)

      History: P.A. 05-280 effective July 1, 2005.

      See Sec. 19a-490 for definition of "critical access hospital".

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      Sec. 19a-487a. Critical access hospitals: Certificate of need exemption for hospital beds and related equipment. Any additional critical access hospital beds and related equipment obtained for the purpose of enhancing the state's bed surge capacity or providing isolation care under the state's public health preparedness planning and response activities shall be exempt from the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 19a-638.

      (P.A. 05-280, S. 59.)

      History: P.A. 05-280 effective July 1, 2005.

      See Sec. 19a-490 for definition of "critical access hospital".

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      Sec. 19a-487b. Critical access hospitals: Regulations. The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement critical access hospital policies and procedures for isolation care and emergency services.

      (P.A. 05-280, S. 67.)

      History: P.A. 05-280 effective July 1, 2005.

      See Sec. 19a-490 for definition of "critical access hospital".

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      Sec. 19a-490. (Formerly Sec. 19-576). Licensing of institutions. Definitions. As used in this chapter and sections 17b-261e, 38a-498b and 38a-525b:

      (a) "Institution" means a hospital, residential care home, health care facility for the handicapped, nursing home, rest home, home health care agency, homemaker-home health aide agency, mental health facility, substance abuse treatment facility, outpatient surgical facility, an infirmary operated by an educational institution for the care of students enrolled in, and faculty and employees of, such institution; a facility engaged in providing services for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment or care of human health conditions, including facilities operated and maintained by any state agency, except facilities for the care or treatment of mentally ill persons or persons with substance abuse problems; and a residential facility for the mentally retarded licensed pursuant to section 17a-227 and certified to participate in the Title XIX Medicaid program as an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded;

      (b) "Hospital" means an establishment for the lodging, care and treatment of persons suffering from disease or other abnormal physical or mental conditions and includes inpatient psychiatric services in general hospitals;

      (c) "Residential care home", "nursing home" or "rest home" means an establishment which furnishes, in single or multiple facilities, food and shelter to two or more persons unrelated to the proprietor and, in addition, provides services which meet a need beyond the basic provisions of food, shelter and laundry;

      (d) "Home health care agency" means a public or private organization, or a subdivision thereof, engaged in providing professional nursing services and the following services, available twenty-four hours per day, in the patient's home or a substantially equivalent environment: Homemaker-home health aide services as defined in this section, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or medical social services. The agency shall provide professional nursing services and at least one additional service directly and all others directly or through contract. An agency shall be available to enroll new patients seven days a week, twenty-four hours per day;

      (e) "Homemaker-home health aide agency" means a public or private organization, except a home health care agency, which provides in the patient's home or a substantially equivalent environment supportive services which may include, but are not limited to, assistance with personal hygiene, dressing, feeding and incidental household tasks essential to achieving adequate household and family management. Such supportive services shall be provided under the supervision of a registered nurse and, if such nurse determines appropriate, shall be provided by a social worker, physical therapist, speech therapist or occupational therapist. Such supervision may be provided directly or through contract;

      (f) "Homemaker-home health aide services" as defined in this section shall not include services provided to assist individuals with activities of daily living when such individuals have a disease or condition that is chronic and stable as determined by a physician licensed in the state of Connecticut;

      (g) "Mental health facility" means any facility for the care or treatment of mentally ill or emotionally disturbed adults, or any mental health outpatient treatment facility that provides treatment to persons sixteen years of age or older who are receiving services from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, but does not include family care homes for the mentally ill;

      (h) "Alcohol or drug treatment facility" means any facility for the care or treatment of persons suffering from alcoholism or other drug addiction;

      (i) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association;

      (j) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health;

      (k) "Home health agency" means an agency licensed as a home health care agency or a homemaker-home health aide agency;

      (l) "Assisted living services agency" means an institution that provides, among other things, nursing services and assistance with activities of daily living to a population that is chronic and stable; and

      (m) "Critical access hospital" means a facility used intermittently, deployed at the discretion of the Governor, or the Governor's designee, for the purpose of training or in the event of a public health or other emergency for isolation care purposes or triage and treatment during a mass casualty event.

      (1953, 1955, S. 2051d; 1957, P.A. 217, S. 2; 455, S. 1; 586, S. 6; 1959, P.A. 188; February, 1965, P.A. 161; 1969, P.A. 713; P.A. 74-137, S. 12, 21; P.A. 77-569, S. 4; 77-601, S. 2, 11; P.A. 78-60, S. 1, 2; P.A. 79-46, S. 1, 3; 79-610, S. 22; P.A. 80-186, S. 1, 2; 80-483, S. 87, 186; P.A. 87-107; P.A. 88-357, S. 5; P.A. 89-350, S. 5; P.A. 90-230, S. 30, 101; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8, S. 18, 63; P.A. 92-80, S. 1, 3; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16, S. 38, 89; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-415, S. 1, 2; P.A. 95-79, S. 63, 189; 95-160, S. 10, 69; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-271, S. 34, 40; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; 96-268, S. 6, 34; P.A. 97-112, S. 2; P.A. 01-57, S. 1; P.A. 03-274, S. 2; P.A. 05-280, S. 60.)

      History: 1959 act made technical changes, included as institutions in Subsec. (c)(2) hospitals for mentally ill or retarded persons and substituted "any state agency" for "the commission on tuberculosis and other chronic illness" in the same subdivision; 1965 act added reference to "nursing home" and "rest home"; 1969 act redefined "institution" to include infirmaries operated by educational institutions, health facilities operated by commercial or industrial establishments for their employees and facilities operated by corporations or municipalities providing medical services on outpatient basis; P.A. 74-137 deleted health facilities operated by commercial or industrial establishments for their employees from "institution" definition; Sec. 19-32 transferred to Sec. 19-576 in 1977; P.A. 77-569 included health care facilities for the handicapped in "institution" definition; P.A. 77-601 included home health care, homemaker-home health aide and coordination, assessment and monitoring agencies in "institution" definition and included exceptions to definition which had been listed elsewhere in section and defined "home health care agency", "homemaker-home health aide agency" and "coordination, assessment and monitoring agency"; P.A. 78-60 rephrased definition of "homemaker-home health care agency" and included social workers; P.A. 79-46 deleted exception for institutions otherwise required by law to be licensed by the state in "institution" definition, included subdivisions of organizations in "home health care agency" definition and deleted "primarily" as modifier of "engaged" and rephrased "homemaker-home health aide agency"; P.A. 79-610 included mental health facilities in "institution" definition and defined "mental health facility" and "alcohol or drug treatment facility"; P.A. 80-186 and P.A. 80-483 included alcohol or drug treatment facilities in "institution" definition; Sec. 19-576 transferred to Sec. 19a-490 in 1983; P.A. 87-107 inserted definition of "homemaker-home health aide services" as Subdiv. (f), relettering prior Subdivs. as necessary; P.A. 88-357 redefined "institution"; P.A. 89-350 added Subdiv. (k), defining "commissioner"; P.A. 90-230 made technical change in Subsec. (a); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8 redefined "institution" to include residential facilities for the mentally retarded which are certified to participate in Title XIX Medicaid program; P.A. 92-80 redefined "mental health facility" to exclude family care homes after October 1, 1993; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16 added Subdiv. (l) defining "home health agency"; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-415 amended the definition of "home health care agency" in Subsec. (d) to specify provision of twenty-four-hour care and round-the-clock, seven-day-a-week enrollment and redefined "coordination, assessment and monitoring agency" in Subsec. (g) to require targeting of patients with chronic conditions; P.A. 95-79 redefined "person" to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995; P.A. 95-160 replaced "coordination, assessment and monitoring agency" with "access agency" in definitions of "institution" and "home health agency" and deleted former Subsec. (g), which had defined said term, relettering remaining Subdivs. as necessary, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-271 added new Subsec. (l) defining "assisted living services agencies"; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section; P.A. 96-268 deleted reference to access agencies in definition of "institution", effective July 1, 1996 (Revisor's note: The word "in" was inserted editorially by the Revisors in Subsec. (a) in the phrase "... operated by an educational institution for the care of students in, and faculty and employees of, ..."); P.A. 97-112 replaced "home for the aged" with "residential care home"; P.A. 01-57 amended Subsec. (g) by making a technical change and adding provision re mental health outpatient treatment facility that provides treatment to persons sixteen years of age or older who are receiving services from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; P.A. 03-274 amended Subsec. (a) by adding outpatient surgical facility to definition of "institution", effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 05-280 extended applicability of definitions to Secs. 17b-261e, 19a-487 to 19a-487b, inclusive, 38a-498b and 38a-525b and added Subsec. (m) defining "critical access hospital", effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 19a-490b. Furnishing of health records and veterans' information. Access to tissue slides or blocks. Process for providing access to health records upon cessation of operations. (a) Upon the written request of a patient or the patient's attorney or authorized representative, or pursuant to a written authorization, an institution licensed pursuant to this chapter shall furnish to the person making such request a copy of the patient's health record, including but not limited to, copies of bills, laboratory reports, prescriptions and other technical information used in assessing the patient's health condition. In addition, an institution shall provide the patient or the patient's designated health care provider with a reasonable opportunity to examine retained tissue slides and retained pathology tissue blocks. Upon the written request of the patient, the patient's attorney or the patient's designated health care provider, an institution shall send the original retained tissue slide or original retained tissue block directly to the patient's designated licensed institution, laboratory or physician. If the original slide or block is not available or if a new section cut of the original slide or block is a fair representation of the original slide or block, then the institution may send the new section cut, which is clearly labeled as a new section cut, to the patient's designated health care provider. Any patient or the patient's attorney or authorized representative who is provided with an original retained slide, tissue block or a new section under the provisions of this subsection shall be solely responsible for safeguarding and returning the slide, block or new section to the institution. Any institution or laboratory that has released an original slide, an original tissue block or new section pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall not be subject to any liability arising out of releasing or not retaining the slide, block or new section and no cause of action for damages shall arise against any such institution for releasing or not retaining the slide, block or new section. No such institution shall charge more than sixty-five cents per page, including any research fees, clerical fees, handling fees or related costs, and the cost of first class postage, if applicable, for furnishing or providing access to a health record pursuant to this subsection, except such an institution may charge the amount necessary to cover its cost of materials for furnishing a copy of an x-ray or for furnishing an original retained slide, an original tissue block or a new section cut from a retained pathology tissue block. For purposes of this subsection, "health care provider" means an institution or laboratory licensed under this chapter or licensed in the state where located or a physician licensed under chapter 370 or licensed in the state where located.

      (b) No institution licensed pursuant to this chapter shall charge for furnishing a health record or part thereof to a patient, his attorney or conservator if the record or part thereof is necessary for the purpose of supporting a claim or appeal under any provision of the Social Security Act and the request for the records is accompanied by documentation of the claim or appeal. An institution shall furnish the requested record within thirty days of the request, unless the request was received in less than thirty days subsequent to the date the patient was discharged, in which case the institution shall furnish the requested record upon its completion.

      (c) Each institution licensed pursuant to this chapter shall maintain information regarding each patient's status as a veteran, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103. Said information shall be made available, upon request, to any duly authorized representative of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

      (d) No institution may deny a person the records available under subsection (a) of this section because of the person's inability to pay the required fees. An affidavit from such person attesting to an inability to pay such fees shall be presumptive evidence thereof.

      (e) Each institution licensed pursuant to this chapter that ceases to operate shall, at the time it relinquishes its license to the department, provide to the department a certified document specifying the location at which patient health records will be stored and the procedure that has been established for patients, former patients or their authorized representatives to secure access to such health records.

      (P.A. 92-78, S. 2, 3; P.A. 93-316, S. 1; P.A. 96-36; P.A. 97-216; P.A. 98-144; P.A. 05-272, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 93-316 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring institution to furnish copy of patient's health record to patient's attorney or authorized representative upon written request or pursuant to written authorization and added "including any research fees, handling fees or related costs" after "sixty-five cents per page" and added "of materials" after "cost"; P.A. 96-36 added Subsec. (c) to require institutions to maintain and make available information re patient's status as veteran; P.A. 97-216 added clerical fees to Subsec. (a), replaced authorized representative with conservator in Subsec. (b) and added new Subsec. (d) re inability to pay; P.A. 98-144 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions re examination and access to tissue slides and retained tissue blocks or new section cut, responsibility for safeguarding and returning slide, block or new section and immunity of laboratory for releasing or not retaining slide, block or new section and charges by institution for furnishing slide, block or new section; P.A. 05-272 added Subsec. (e) to require health care institutions to provide department with certified document specifying location of, and process for former patients to access, patient health records upon relinquishment of license.

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      Sec. 19a-490m. Development of surgery protocols by hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities. (a) Each hospital and outpatient surgical facility shall develop protocols for accurate identification procedures that shall be used by such hospital or outpatient surgical facility prior to surgery. Such protocols shall include, but need not be limited to, (1) procedures to be followed to identify the (A) patient, (B) surgical procedure to be performed, and (C) body part on which the surgical procedure is to be performed, and (2) alternative identification procedures in urgent or emergency circumstances or where the patient is nonspeaking, comatose or incompetent or is a child. After January 1, 2006, no hospital or outpatient surgical facility may anesthetize a patient or perform surgery unless the protocols have been followed. Each hospital and outpatient surgical facility shall make a copy of the protocols available to the Commissioner of Public Health upon request.

      (b) Not later than October 1, 2006, the Department of Public Health shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health describing the protocols developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

      (P.A. 05-275, S. 26.)

      History: P.A. 05-275 effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 19a-491. (Formerly Sec. 19-577). License and certificate required. Application. Fees. Minimum service quality standards. Regulations. (a) No person acting individually or jointly with any other person shall establish, conduct, operate or maintain an institution in this state without a license as required by this chapter. Application for such license shall be made to the Department of Public Health upon forms provided by it and shall contain such information as the department requires, which may include affirmative evidence of ability to comply with reasonable standards and regulations prescribed under the provisions of this chapter. The commissioner may require as a condition of licensure that an applicant sign a consent order providing reasonable assurances of compliance with the Public Health Code. The commissioner may issue more than one chronic disease hospital license to a single institution until such time as the state offers a rehabilitation hospital license.

      (b) If any person acting individually or jointly with any other person shall own real property or any improvements thereon, upon or within which an institution, as defined in subsection (c) of section 19a-490, is established, conducted, operated or maintained and is not the licensee of the institution, such person shall submit a copy of the lease agreement to the department at the time of any change of ownership and with each license renewal application. The lease agreement shall, at a minimum, identify the person or entity responsible for the maintenance and repair of all buildings and structures within which such an institution is established, conducted or operated. If a violation is found as a result of an inspection or investigation, the commissioner may require the owner to sign a consent order providing assurances that repairs or improvements necessary for compliance with the provisions of the Public Health Code shall be completed within a specified period of time. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any property or improvements owned by a person licensed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section to establish, conduct, operate or maintain an institution on or within such property or improvements.

      (c) Notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, the Commissioner of Public Health shall charge the following fees for the biennial licensing and inspection of the following institutions: (1) Chronic and convalescent nursing homes, per site, three hundred fifty dollars; (2) chronic and convalescent nursing homes, per bed, five dollars; (3) rest homes with nursing supervision, per site, three hundred fifty dollars; (4) rest homes with nursing supervision, per bed, five dollars; (5) outpatient dialysis units and outpatient surgical facilities, five hundred dollars; (6) mental health residential facilities, per site, three hundred dollars; (7) mental health residential facilities, per bed, five dollars; (8) hospitals, per site, seven hundred fifty dollars; (9) hospitals, per bed, seven dollars and fifty cents; (10) nonstate agency educational institutions, per infirmary, seventy-five dollars; and (11) nonstate agency educational institutions, per infirmary bed, twenty-five dollars.

      (d) Notwithstanding any regulation, the commissioner shall charge the following fees for the triennial licensing and inspection of the following institutions: (1) Residential care homes, per site, four hundred fifty dollars; and (2) residential care homes, per bed, four dollars and fifty cents.

      (e) Notwithstanding any regulation, the commissioner shall charge the following fees for the licensing and inspection every four years of the following institutions: (1) Outpatient clinics that provide either medical or mental health service, and well-child clinics, except those operated by municipal health departments, health districts or licensed nonprofit nursing or community health agencies, one thousand dollars; (2) maternity homes, per site, two hundred dollars; and (3) maternity homes, per bed, ten dollars.

      (f) The commissioner shall charge a fee of four hundred fifty dollars for the technical assistance provided for the design, review and development of an institution's construction, sale or change in ownership.

      (g) The commissioner may require as a condition of the licensure of home health care agencies and homemaker-home health aide agencies that each agency meet minimum service quality standards. In the event the commissioner requires such agencies to meet minimum service quality standards as a condition of their licensure, the commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to define such minimum service quality standards, which shall (1) allow for training of homemaker-home health aides by adult continuing education, (2) require a registered nurse to visit and assess each patient receiving homemaker-home health aide services as often as necessary based on the patient's condition, but not less than once every sixty days, and (3) require the assessment prescribed by subdivision (2) of this subsection to be completed while the homemaker-home health aide is providing services in the patient's home.

      (1953, 1955, S. 2052d; P.A. 77-601, S. 9, 11; 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 79-610, S. 23; P.A. 80-127, S. 1; P.A. 84-546, S. 167, 173; P.A. 85-588, S. 1; P.A. 89-350, S. 6; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 14, 117; P.A. 93-74, S. 44, 67; 93-201, S. 9, 24; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-415, S. 9; P.A. 94-196, S. 1, 2; P.A. 95-160, S. 12, 69; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; P.A. 97-112, S. 2; 97-297; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 28; P.A. 05-64, S. 1.)

      History: Sec. 19-33 transferred to Sec. 19-577 in 1977; P.A. 77-601 added exception re continued operation of certain facilities in operation as of January 1, 1979; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 79-610 added Subsec. (b) re validity of certain licenses issued before October 1, 1979; P.A. 80-127 added Subsec. (c) re certificate of compliance with public health code; Sec. 19-577 transferred to Sec. 19a-491 in 1983; P.A. 84-546 made technical change to Subsec. (a), deleting obsolete provision re home health care agency, homemaker-home health aide agency or coordination, assessment and monitoring agency in operation on January 1, 1979; P.A. 85-588 added Subsec. (d) to include in the definition of "institution" any person or agency who advertises, arranges or provides homemaker-home health aides or services in a patient's home; P.A. 89-350 added the language on consent orders, deleted former Subsec. (b) re period of validity for licenses and renewal and relettered the remaining Subsecs. and changed "annually" to "biennially" in Subsec. (b); May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 added new Subsec. (d) to establish fees for biennial licensing and inspection of chronic and convalescent nursing homes, rest homes with nursing supervision, homes for the aged, ambulatory facilities, mental health residential facilities, hospitals, nonstate agency educational facilities and for technical assistance for design, review and development; P.A. 93-74 amended Subsec. (d) by exempting municipal health departments, health districts or licensed nursing or community health and well-child clinics from the biennial licensing and inspection fees, by reducing educational institution infirmary fee from five hundred to seventy-five dollars and by instituting a per-bed charge of twenty-five dollars, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-201 amended Subdiv. (13) of Subsec. (d) to add "infirmary", effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-415 added Subsec. (e) authorizing commissioner to develop minimum service quality standards; P.A. 94-196 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize issuance of more than one chronic disease hospital license to a single institution until the state offers a rehabilitation hospital license, effective June 9, 1994 (Revisor's note: In 1995 the words "said chapter and sections" were replaced editorially by the Revisors with "this chapter"); P.A. 95-160 amended Subsec. (e) by deleting a reference to coordination, assessment and monitoring agencies and made a technical change, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section; P.A. 97-112 replaced "homes for the aged" with "residential care homes"; P.A. 97-297 amended Subsec. (e) to add provision re training of homemaker-home health care aides by continuing education; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (b) by requiring submittal of a lease agreement and deleting provisions re biennial issuance of certificate of compliance with Public Health Code, deleted former Subsec. (c) defining "institution", redesignating existing Subsec. (d) as new Subsec. (c) and adding licensing and inspection requirement for outpatient dialysis units and outpatient surgical facilities, deleting references to residential care homes and ambulatory facilities and deleting provision re technical assistance fee, added new Subsec. (d) to change license renewal for residential care homes from biennially to triennially and to increase fees from three hundred dollars per site and three dollars per bed to four hundred fifty dollars per site and four dollars and fifty cents per bed, added new Subsec. (e) to require license renewal and inspection with fees every four years for outpatient clinics and maternity homes, added new Subsec. (f) re technical assistance fee, redesignated existing Subsec. (e) as new Subsec. (g) and made technical changes, effective January 1, 2004; P.A. 05-64 amended Subsec. (g) by designating existing language re regulations allowing for training as Subdiv. (1), making technical changes and adding new Subdivs. (1) and (2) re additional requirements for regulations establishing minimum service quality standards, effective June 2, 2005.

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      Sec. 19a-493. (Formerly Sec. 19-578). Issuance and renewal of license. Provisional license. Scheduled and unscheduled inspections. Annual report. Change of ownership. (a) Upon receipt of an application for an initial license, the Department of Public Health, subject to the provisions of section 19a-491a, shall issue such license if, upon conducting a scheduled inspection and investigation, it finds that the applicant and facilities meet the requirements established under section 19a-495, provided a license shall be issued to or renewed for an institution, as defined in subsection (d), (e) or (f) of section 19a-490, only if such institution is not otherwise required to be licensed by the state. Upon receipt of an application for an initial license to establish, conduct, operate or maintain an institution, as defined in subsection (d), (e) or (f) of section 19a-490, and prior to the issuance of such license, the commissioner may issue a provisional license for a term not to exceed twelve months upon such terms and conditions as the commissioner may require. If an institution, as defined in subsections (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of section 19a-490, applies for license renewal and has been certified as a provider of services by the United States Department of Health and Human Resources under Medicare or Medicaid programs within the immediately preceding twelve-month period, or if an institution, as defined in subsection (b) of section 19a-490, is currently certified, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee may waive the inspection and investigation of such facility required by this section and, in such event, any such facility shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of section 19a-495 for the purposes of licensure. Such license shall be valid for two years or a fraction thereof and shall terminate on March thirty-first, June thirtieth, September thirtieth or December thirty-first of the appropriate year. A license issued pursuant to this chapter, other than a provisional license or a nursing home license, unless sooner suspended or revoked, shall be renewable biennially after an unscheduled inspection is conducted by the department, and upon the filing by the licensee, and approval by the department, of a report upon such date and containing such information in such form as the department prescribes and satisfactory evidence of continuing compliance with requirements, and in the case of an institution, as defined in subsection (d), (e) or (f) of section 19a-490, after inspection of such institution by the department. Each license shall be issued only for the premises and persons named in the application and shall not be transferable or assignable. Licenses shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the licensed premises.

      (b) (1) A nursing home license may be renewed biennially after (A) an unscheduled inspection conducted by the department, (B) submission of the information required by subsections (a) and (c) of section 19a-491a and any other information required by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (b) of said section, and (C) submission of evidence satisfactory to the department that the nursing home is in compliance with the provisions of this chapter, the Public Health Code and licensing regulations.

      (2) Any change in the ownership of a facility or institution, as defined in subsection (c) of section 19a-490, owned by an individual, partnership or association or the change in ownership or beneficial ownership of ten per cent or more of the stock of a corporation which owns, conducts, operates or maintains such facility or institution, shall be subject to prior approval of the department after a scheduled inspection of such facility or institution is conducted by the department, provided such approval shall be conditioned upon a showing by such facility or institution to the commissioner that it has complied with all requirements of this chapter, the regulations relating to licensure and all applicable requirements of the Public Health Code. Any such change in ownership or beneficial ownership resulting in a transfer to a person related by blood or marriage to such an owner or beneficial owner shall not be subject to prior approval of the department unless: (A) Ownership or beneficial ownership of ten per cent or more of the stock of a corporation, partnership or association which owns, conducts, operates or maintains more than one facility or institution is transferred; (B) ownership or beneficial ownership is transferred in more than one facility or institution; or (C) the facility or institution is the subject of a pending complaint, investigation or licensure action. If the facility or institution is not in compliance, the commissioner may require the new owner to sign a consent order providing reasonable assurances that the violations shall be corrected within a specified period of time. Notice of any such proposed change of ownership shall be given to the department at least ninety days prior to the effective date of such proposed change. For the purposes of this subdivision, "a person related by blood or marriage" means a parent, spouse, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew. For the purposes of this subdivision, a change in the legal form of the ownership entity, including, but not limited to, changes from a corporation to a limited liability company, a partnership to a limited liability partnership, a sole proprietorship to a corporation and similar changes, shall not be considered a change of ownership if the beneficial ownership remains unchanged and the owner provides such information regarding the change to the department as may be required by the department in order to properly identify the current status of ownership and beneficial ownership of the facility or institution. For the purposes of this subdivision, a public offering of the stock of any corporation that owns, conducts, operates or maintains any such facility or institution shall not be considered a change in ownership or beneficial ownership of such facility or institution if the licensee and the officers and directors of such corporation remain unchanged, such public offering cannot result in an individual or entity owning ten per cent or more of the stock of such corporation, and the owner provides such information to the department as may be required by the department in order to properly identify the current status of ownership and beneficial ownership of the facility or institution.

      (1953, 1955, S. 2053d; P.A. 77-304, S. 4; 77-601, S. 3, 11; 77-614, S. 323, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 79-46, S. 2, 3; P.A. 80-17; 80-199; P.A. 81-135; 81-201, S. 1; P.A. 84-546, S. 168, 173; P.A. 85-146, S. 2, 4; P.A. 89-350, S. 7; P.A. 90-13, S. 7; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8, S. 28, 63; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 15, 72; P.A. 00-10; P.A. 05-272, S. 6.)

      History: Sec. 19-34 transferred to Sec. 19-578 in 1977; P.A. 77-304 added provisions re report of portions of federal income tax information as condition for license renewal and re notice and approval of proposed changes in ownership; P.A. 77-601 added provisions re approval and inspection of institutions required for issuance and renewal, respectively, of licenses; P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced commissioner and department of health commissioner and department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 79-46 rephrased proviso re license issuance or renewal and allowed issuance or renewal only if institution not otherwise required to be licensed by state; P.A. 80-17 allowed waiver of inspection and investigation if currently certified as provider of services by U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources or certified within last twelve months; P.A. 80-199 rephrased provision re prior approval of change in ownership; P.A. 81-135 specified that inspections conducted by the department of health services prior to the initial licensure of a facility or prior to the transfer of ownership of a nursing home shall be "scheduled" inspections and that inspections conducted for purposes of license renewal shall be "unscheduled"; P.A. 81-201 replaced requirement that a nursing home owner submit pertinent portions of his personal Federal Income Tax for purposes of annual license renewal with authorization for the department of health services to require the submission of "information related to the character and financial condition" of the owner; Sec. 19-578 transferred to Sec. 19a-493 in 1983; P.A. 84-546 made technical changes; P.A. 85-146 authorized the issuance of provisional licenses; P.A. 89-350 divided the existing section into Subsecs. (a) and (b), provided for biennial licensure, added the language in Subsec. (b) on requirements for the renewal of a nursing home license and on consent orders and made technical changes; P.A. 90-13 made technical change in Subsec. (a); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8 amended Subsec. (b) to specify when changes re transfer or change of ownership to relatives are not subject to department approval and defined "a person related by blood or marriage"; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (b) by expanding definition of "a person related by blood or marriage" to include a "brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew" and by adding provision re change in legal form of ownership entity, effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 00-10 made technical changes and added provisions re a public offering of stock that shall not be considered a change in ownership or beneficial ownership; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (a) to remove "without charge" re biennial renewal of certain health care institution licenses.

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      Sec. 19a-493b. Definition of outpatient surgical facility. Licensure and exceptions. Compliance with certificate of need requirements. Dental clinics not subject to section. Waiver of certain licensure regulation requirements. (a) As used in this section and subsection (a) of section 19a-490, "outpatient surgical facility" means any entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association, other than a hospital, engaged in providing surgical services or diagnostic procedures for human health conditions that include the use of moderate or deep sedation, moderate or deep analgesia or general anesthesia, as such levels of anesthesia are defined from time to time by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, or by such other professional or accrediting entity recognized by the Department of Public Health. An outpatient surgical facility shall not include a medical office owned and operated exclusively by a person or persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13, provided such medical office: (1) Has no operating room or designated surgical area; (2) bills no facility fees to third party payers; (3) administers no deep sedation or general anesthesia; (4) performs only minor surgical procedures incidental to the work performed in said medical office of the physician or physicians that own and operate such medical office; and (5) uses only light or moderate sedation or analgesia in connection with such incidental minor surgical procedures. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to affect any obligation to comply with the provisions of section 19a-691.

      (b) No entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association, other than a hospital, shall individually or jointly establish or operate an outpatient surgical facility in this state without complying with chapter 368z, except as otherwise provided by this section, and obtaining a license within the time specified in this subsection from the Department of Public Health for such facility pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, unless such entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association: (1) Provides to the Office of Health Care Access satisfactory evidence that it was in operation on or before July 1, 2003, or (2) obtained, on or before July 1, 2003, from the Office of Health Care Access, a determination that a certificate of need is not required. An entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association otherwise in compliance with this section may operate an outpatient surgical facility without a license through March 30, 2007, and shall have until March 30, 2007, to obtain a license from the Department of Public Health.

      (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, no outpatient surgical facility shall be required to comply with section 19a-631, 19a-632, 19a-637a, 19a-644, 19a-645, 19a-646, 19a-648, 19a-649, 19a-650, 19a-652, or 19a-654 to 19a-683, inclusive. Each outpatient surgical facility shall continue to be subject to the obligations and requirements applicable to such facility, including, but not limited to, any applicable provision of this chapter and those provisions of chapter 368z not specified in this subsection, except that a request for permission to undertake a transfer or change of ownership or control shall not be required pursuant to subsection (a) of section 19a-638 if the Office of Health Care Access determines that the following conditions are satisfied: (1) Prior to any such transfer or change of ownership or control, the outpatient surgical facility shall be owned and controlled exclusively by persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13, either directly or through a limited liability company, formed pursuant to chapter 613, a corporation, formed pursuant to chapters 601 and 602, or a limited liability partnership, formed pursuant to chapter 614, that is exclusively owned by persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13, or is under the interim control of an estate executor or conservator pending transfer of an ownership interest or control to a person licensed under section 20-13, and (2) after any such transfer or change of ownership or control, persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13, a limited liability company, formed pursuant to chapter 613, a corporation, formed pursuant to chapters 601 and 602, or a limited liability partnership, formed pursuant to chapter 614, that is exclusively owned by persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13, shall own and control no less than a sixty per cent interest in the outpatient surgical facility.

      (d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons licensed to practice dentistry or dental medicine pursuant to chapter 379 or to outpatient clinics licensed pursuant to this chapter.

      (e) Any outpatient surgical facility that is accredited as provided in section 19a-691 shall continue to be subject to the requirements of section 19a-691.

      (f) The Commissioner of Public Health may provide a waiver for outpatient surgical facilities from the physical plant and staffing requirements of the licensing regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, provided no waiver may be granted unless the health, safety and welfare of patients is ensured.

      (P.A. 03-274, S. 1; P.A. 04-249, S. 1; P.A. 05-3, S. 1; 05-151, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 03-274 effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 04-249 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision of diagnostic procedures to definition and including list of facilities not included in definition, amended Subsec. (b) by deleting provisions re exception for outpatient surgical facilities under development, deleting moratorium on new facilities and making technical and conforming changes, deleted former Subsec. (c) re determination of commencement of development, redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) to (f) and (h) as new Subsecs. (c) to (e) and (f), respectively, amended new Subsec. (c) by listing sections from which facilities are exempt, providing factors under which request for permission to change control or ownership of facility not required and imposing limitations on ownership and control of facilities, and deleted former Subsec. (g) re rights and obligations of such facilities, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-3 amended Subsec. (b) by changing "and" to "or" re conditions to be met in order for a facility to operate without a license until March 30, 2007, effective April 1, 2005; P.A. 05-151 amended Subsec. (c) by removing reference to repealed Sec. 19a-617a.

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      Sec. 19a-497. Filing of strike contingency plan. Summary order. Civil penalty: Notification and hearing requirement. Regulations. Collective bargaining implications. (a) Each institution shall, upon receipt of a notice of intention to strike by a labor organization representing the employees of such institution, in accordance with the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 USC 158, file a strike contingency plan with the commissioner not later than five days before the date indicated for the strike.

      (b) The commissioner may issue a summary order to any nursing home facility, as defined in section 19a-521, that fails to file a strike contingency plan that complies with the provisions of this section and the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this section within the specified time period. Such order shall require the nursing home facility to immediately file a strike contingency plan that complies with the provisions of this section and the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this section.

      (c) Any nursing home facility that is in noncompliance with this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars for each day of noncompliance.

      (d) (1) If the commissioner determines that a nursing home facility is in noncompliance with this section or the regulations adopted pursuant to this section, for which a civil penalty is authorized by subsection (c) of this section, the commissioner may send to an authorized officer or agent of the nursing home facility, by certified mail, return receipt requested, or personally serve upon such officer or agent, a notice that includes: (1) A reference to this section or the section or sections of the regulations involved; (2) a short and plain statement of the matters asserted or charged; (3) a statement of the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed for such noncompliance; and (4) a statement of the party's right to request a hearing to contest the imposition of the civil penalty.

      (2) A nursing home facility may make written application for a hearing to contest the imposition of a civil penalty pursuant to this section not later than twenty days after the date such notice is mailed or served. All hearings under this section shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. If a nursing home facility fails to request a hearing or fails to appear at the hearing or if, after the hearing, the commissioner finds that the nursing home facility is in noncompliance, the commissioner may, in the commissioner's discretion, order that a civil penalty be imposed that is not greater than the penalty stated in the notice. The commissioner shall send a copy of any order issued pursuant to this subsection by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the nursing home facility named in such order.

      (e) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54: (1) Establishing requirements for a strike contingency plan, which shall include, but not be limited to, a requirement that the plan contain documentation that the institution has arranged for adequate staffing and security, food, pharmaceuticals and other essential supplies and services necessary to meet the needs of the patient population served by the institution in the event of a strike; and (2) for purposes of the imposition of a civil penalty upon a nursing home facility pursuant to subsections (c) and (d) of this section.

      (f) Such plan shall be deemed a statement of strategy or negotiation with respect to collective bargaining for the purpose of subdivision (9) of subsection (b) of section 1-210.

      (P.A. 81-201, S. 3; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 01-195, S. 153, 181; P.A. 05-172, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 01-195 substituted "institution" for "facility" and made other technical changes, effective July 11, 2001; P.A. 05-172 designated existing language re filing of strike contingency plan as Subsec. (a), deleted former provision re regulations and established five-day pre-strike deadline for filing plan, added Subsec. (b) authorizing commissioner to issue summary orders to noncomplying nursing home facilities, added Subsec. (c) subjecting noncomplying nursing home facilities to civil penalty, added Subsec. (d) establishing notification and hearing requirements for imposition of civil penalty, added Subsec. (e) requiring commissioner to adopt regulations establishing requirements for strike contingency plans and for imposition of civil penalty, and designated existing language deeming strike contingency plan a statement of strategy or negotiation with respect to collective bargaining as Subsec. (f).

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      Sec. 19a-509a. Audits of hospital bills. Charges. (a) No hospital shall charge payers which are health insurance plans or insurance arrangements issued to or in accordance with a trust established pursuant to collective bargaining subject to the federal Labor Management Relations Act, a fee for an audit to verify that charges are correct and that services were actually performed, provided the amount of the charges is ten thousand dollars or more and one hundred per cent of the charges, excluding any applicable coinsurance and deductibles, is paid on or before the tenth business day after receipt of the bill by the payer in accordance with the terms of the patient's health insurance coverage agreement. If the amount of the charges is less than ten thousand dollars and one hundred per cent of the charges, excluding any applicable coinsurance and deductibles, is paid on or before the tenth business day after receipt of the bill by the payer, a fee, not to exceed two per cent of the amount of the total bill, may be charged for the audit.

      (b) Upon receipt of a written audit request pursuant to an agreement between the hospital and the payer or the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, a hospital shall, within thirty days of the request or within thirty days of receipt by the hospital of any patient authorization required prior to the release of records or information, whichever is later, provide a detailed itemization of charges to the patient and make available all medical records and supporting documentation at no cost to the party conducting the audit except as provided in subsection (a) of this section and a reasonable fee for photocopying and mailing. Within fifteen days after receipt of the audit report, which shall be in writing and set forth in detail the findings of the auditor, the hospital shall respond to the auditor. If the hospital fails to respond, the audit findings shall be deemed correct and any required adjustments to the charges or payments shall be made by the payer or hospital. Any balance due or refund owed shall be remitted within twenty days.

      (c) If a dispute arises which the parties are unable to resolve within thirty days of the receipt of the audit findings, the dispute shall be immediately submitted to arbitration to be conducted by the American Arbitration Association. The cost of arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties to the dispute.

      (d) When an audit request is submitted in accordance with an agreement between the hospital and the payer or the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the hospital shall not issue, in any form, bills to the patient, nor initiate self-pay collection efforts until the audit is complete and the charges are determined to be correct either by mutual agreement of the parties or arbitration. If a balance is due to the hospital and it is not paid within twenty days, collection efforts may be initiated.

      (e) As used in this section "hospital" means a hospital included within the definition of health care facilities or institutions under section 19a-630 and licensed as a short-term general hospital by the Department of Public Health, including John Dempsey Hospital of The University of Connecticut Health Center.

      (P.A. 91-267; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 05-288, S. 78, 79.)

      History: P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes in Subsecs. (b) and (d), effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 19a-515. (Formerly Sec. 19-596). License renewal. Continuing education requirement. (a) Each nursing home administrator's license issued pursuant to the provisions of sections 19a-511 to 19a-520, inclusive, shall be renewed once every two years, in accordance with section 19a-88, except for cause, by the Department of Public Health, upon forms to be furnished by said department and upon the payment to said department, by each applicant for license renewal, of the sum of one hundred dollars. Each such fee shall be remitted to the Department of Public Health on or before the date prescribed under section 19a-88. Such renewals shall be granted unless said department finds the applicant has acted or failed to act in such a manner or under such circumstances as would constitute grounds for suspension or revocation of such license.

      (b) Each licensee shall complete a minimum of forty hours of continuing education every two years. Such two-year period shall commence on the first date of renewal of the licensee's license after January 1, 2004. The continuing education shall be in areas related to the licensee's practice. Qualifying continuing education activities are courses offered or approved by the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Facilities, the Connecticut Association of Not-For-Profit Providers for the Aging, the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, the Association For Long Term Care Financial Managers, any accredited college or university, or programs presented or approved by the National Continuing Education Review Service of the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators, or by federal or state departments or agencies.

      (c) Each licensee shall obtain a certificate of completion from the provider of the continuing education for all continuing education hours that are successfully completed and shall retain such certificate for a minimum of three years. Upon request by the department, the licensee shall submit the certificate to the department. A licensee who fails to comply with the continuing education requirements shall be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to section 19a-517.

      (d) The continuing education requirements shall be waived for licensees applying for licensure renewal for the first time. The department may, for a licensee who has a medical disability or illness, grant a waiver of the continuing education requirements for a specific period of time or may grant the licensee an extension of time in which to fulfill the requirements.

      (1969, P.A. 754, S. 9; P.A. 77-287, S. 3; 77-574, S. 2, 6; 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 80-484, S. 8, 176; P.A. 89-251, S. 72, 203; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 03-118, S. 4; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 20; P.A. 04-221, S. 18; P.A. 05-272, S. 32.)

      History: Sec. 19-42f transferred to Sec. 19-596 in 1977; P.A. 77-287 required proof of completion of required continuing education courses for license renewal; P.A. 77-574 required annual renewal rather than biennial renewal in odd-numbered years and raised fee from ten to twenty-five dollars; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-484 made renewals in accordance with Sec. 14-95 and replaced "board", i.e. licensure board with "department", i.e. health services department; Sec. 19-596 transferred to Sec. 19a-515 in 1983; P.A. 89-251 increased the renewal fee from twenty-five dollars to fifty dollars; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 03-118 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and deleted provisions therein re regulations for continuing education requirements, and added Subsecs. (b) to (d) re continuing education requirements; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 changed license renewal from annually to biennially, and made conforming changes to renewal fee and continuing education requirements, effective January 1, 2004; P.A. 04-221 amended Subsec. (b) by changing commencement date for two-year period from October 1, 2004 to January 1, 2004, and making a technical change, effective June 8, 2004; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (b) by including courses offered by the Association for Long Term Care Financial Managers in the list of qualifying continuing education activities.

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      Sec. 19a-550a. Patient's rights pursuant to Medicare conditions of participation. Each hospital, as defined in section 19a-490, shall notify each patient, or where appropriate and permitted by state and federal privacy laws, the patient's representative or guardian, upon such patient's admission to the hospital, of the patient's rights enumerated in the federal Medicare conditions of participation. Such notification shall (1) be in writing, (2) specifically identify the rights in the federal Medicare conditions of participation, and (3) provide information regarding the means of redress or complaint available to patients, including, but not limited to, contact information for the Department of Public Health.

      (P.A. 05-128, S. 1.)

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