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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2524

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO HOSPITAL LICENSING.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chapter 321, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding to part I a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"321- Hospitals; licensing. (a) All hospitals shall be licensed by the department to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the individuals placed therein.

(b) The director shall adopt rules in accordance with chapter 91 that shall provide for the licensing of hospitals.

(c) The rules may provide that accreditation by the joint commission on accreditation of healthcare organizations ("JCAHO") demonstrates a hospital's compliance with all licensing inspections required by rules for the year in which JCAHO accreditation is issued. The rules may exempt a hospital from a licensing inspection for the year in which JCAHO accreditation is issued under the following conditions:

(1) The hospital provides a certified copy of the hospital's official JCAHO accreditation report to the department;

(2) The hospital holds full accreditation by the joint commission; and

(3) The hospital holds a current and valid license.

(d) The rules shall provide that the department may conduct inspections and investigations of exempt hospitals to investigate complaints, follow up on adverse accreditation findings, or conduct periodic validation surveys.

(e) Information contained in reports of surveys made by the joint commission used in determining compliance with licensing requirements shall be public information.

(f) Other than official accreditation decision letters and survey reports, all routine transmittals, correspondence, and other such information provided to the department for this purpose shall be confidential information."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

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