STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1394


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   S.B. No. 1150

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness, to which was referred S.B. No. 1150, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to authorize the Department of Health to accept nationally recognized accreditation or certification organizations to demonstrate a skilled nursing facility's compliance with the licensing inspection requirements required by the State.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.


     Your Committee finds that national organizations such as The Joint Commission provide accreditation or certification for skilled nursing facilities.  Your Committee further finds that allowing the Department of Health to recognize these organizations and accept their accreditation and certification reviews for State licensing purposes will allow the Department to more effectively deploy its limited resources while continuing its regulatory oversight responsibilities.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2060, to encourage further discussion; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1150, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1150, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness,