HB 2225 Hospital data reporting; charity care policies and other activities, clarifies definition.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)

Hospital data reporting; charity care and other activities. Defines "charity care" as care provided in accordance with a provider's policy of providing health care services free of charge or at a reduced rate because of the indigence or medical indigence of the patient. The bill requires all hospitals, doctors of medicine and osteopathy, and dentists licensed to practice as oral and maxillofacial surgeons to whom a certificate of public need has been issued to establish charity care policies and post information about such policies in a public place; requires health care providers to submit to the Commissioner of Health data on the amount of charity care provided; provides that the value of charity care shall be determined in accordance with fee schedules for Medicare services established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); provides that in the case of a health care provider providing services at more than one facility, charity care shall be reported for each facility at which services are provided and shall not be aggregated by the provider; and requires not-for-profit hospitals to (i) conduct community needs assessments and develop strategies to meet the needs identified, (ii) establish financial assistance policies for patients, (iii) establish limits on charges for emergency and other medically necessary care for individuals eligible for assistance under the financial assistance policy, and (iv) ensure that the hospital does not engage in extraordinary actions to collect amounts owed before determining whether the person is eligible for financial assistance. The bill also requires not-for-profit hospitals to report annually to the Commissioner of Health on (a) the outcomes of the community needs assessment and the implementation of the strategy developed to meet the community health needs identified through such assessment; (b) the financial assistance policy and the utilization thereof; and (c) the steps the hospital has undertaken to determine whether a person to whom services have been delivered is eligible for assistance under the hospital's financial assistance policy and efforts of the hospital to ensure that any collections activities undertaken by the hospital to collect amounts owed by such persons are not extraordinary action. Such report shall also include (1) a statement disclosing any for-profit subsidiaries owned by the not-for-profit hospital and (2) a statement of the amount of compensation paid by the not-for-profit hospital to executive staff of the hospital.

Full text:
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102306D  pdf | impact statement
02/02/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17102306D-E  pdf | impact statement

House amendments

01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102306D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/17  House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/25/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 1-N)
01/31/17  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (15-Y 7-N)
02/01/17  House: Read first time
02/02/17  House: Read second time
02/02/17  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB2225E
02/02/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17102306D-E
02/03/17  House: Read third time and passed House (61-Y 34-N)
02/03/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (61-Y 34-N)
02/06/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/17  Senate: Incorporated by Education and Health (HB2101-Byron) (15-Y 0-N)