DAR File No. 40453

This rule was published in the June 15, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 12) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing

Rule R432-2

General Licensing Provisions

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 40453
Filed: 05/31/2016 11:06:34 AM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule amendment will allow, by rule, for one satellite emergency department location per licensed hospital. The Health Facility Committee reviewed and approved this rule amendment on 05/18/2016. This amendment also includes correcting and deleting other rule reference numbers that have been changed.

Summary of the rule or change:

The rule amendment adds a section under requirements for a satellite services operation allowing for one satellite emergency department per licensed hospital. The changes also correct rule reference numbers in Sections R432-2-7, R432-2-8, R432-2-10, R432-2-12, and R432-2-18.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Title 26, Chapter 21

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There is no impact to the state budget because there will be no change in current practice.

local governments:

There is no impact to the local government budget because there will be no change in current practice.

small businesses:

There is no impact to the small businesses' budgets because there will be no change in current practice.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

There is no impact to businesses, individuals, local governments, and persons that are not small businesses because there will be no change in current practice.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There is no impact to the affected persons because there will be no change in current practice.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

There is no fiscal impact to business because the rule does not change, current actual practice.

Joseph Miner, MD, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Joel Hoffman at the above address, by phone at 801-273-2804, by FAX at 801-274-0658, or by Internet E-mail at jhoffman@utah.gov
  • Carmen Richins at the above address, by phone at 801-273-2802, by FAX at 801-274-0658, or by Internet E-mail at carmenrichins@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Joseph Miner, Executive Director


R432. Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing.

R432-2. General Licensing Provisions.

R432-2-5. Requirements for a Satellite Service Operation.

(1) A "satellite operation" is a health care treatment service that:

(a) is administered by a parent facility within the scope of the parent facility's current license,

(b) is located further than 250 yards from the licensed facility or other areas determined by the department to be a part of the provider's campus,

(c) does not qualify for licensing under Section 26-21-2, and

(d) is approved by the Department for inclusion under the parent facility's license and identified as a remote service.

(2) A licensed health care facility that wishes to offer a satellite operation shall submit for Department review a program narrative and one set of construction drawings. The program narrative shall define at least the following:

(a) location of the remote facility (street address);

(b) capacity of the remote facility;

(c) license category of the parent facility;

(d) service to be provided at the remote facility (must be a service authorized under the parent facility license);

(e) ancillary administrative and support services to be provided at the remote facility; and

(f) International Building Code occupancy classification of the remote facility physical structure.

(3) Upon receipt of the satellite service program narrative and construction drawings, the Department shall make a determination of the applicable licensing requirements including the need for licensing the service. The Department shall verify at least the following items:

(a) There is only a single health care treatment service provided at the remote site and that it falls within the scope of the parent facility license;

(b) The remote facility physical structure complies with all construction codes appropriate for the service provided;

(c) All necessary administrative and support services for the specified treatment service are available, on a continuous basis during the hours of operation, to insure the health, safety, and welfare of the clients.

(4) If a facility qualifies as a single satellite service treatment center the Department shall issue a separate license identifying the facility as a "satellite service" of the licensed parent facility. This license shall be subject to all requirements set forth in R432-2 of the Health Facility Rules.

(5) A parent facility that wishes to offer more than one health care service at the same remote site shall either obtain a satellite service license for each service offered as described above or obtain a license for the remote complex as a free-standing health care facility.

(6) A satellite facility is not permitted within the confines of another licensed health care facility.

(7) A licensed hospital is limited to one emergency department satellite location.


R432-2-7. Applications for License Actions.

(1) An applicant for a license shall file a Request for Agency Action/License Application with the Utah Department of Health on a form furnished by the Department.

(2) Each applicant shall comply with all zoning, fire, safety, sanitation, building and licensing laws, regulations, ordinances, and codes of the city and county in which the facility or agency is located. The applicant shall obtain the following clearances and submit them as part of the completed application to the licensing agency:

(a) A certificate of fire clearance from the State Fire Marshal or designated local fire authority certifying compliance with local and state fire codes is required with initial and renewal application, change of ownership, and at any time new construction or substantial remodeling has occurred.

(b) A satisfactory Food Services Sanitation Clearance report by a local or state sanitarian is required for facilities providing food service at initial application and upon a change of ownership.

(c) Certificate of Occupancy from the local building official at initial application, change of location and at the time of any new construction or substantial remodeling.

(3) The applicant shall submit the following:

(a) a list of all officers, members of the boards of directors, trustees, stockholders, partners, or other persons who have a greater than 25 percent interest in the facility;

(b) the name, address, percentage of stock, shares, partnership, or other equity interest of each person; and

(c) a list, of all persons, of all health care facilities in the state or other states in which they are officers, directors, trustees, stockholders, partners, or in which they hold any interest;

(4) The applicant shall provide the following written assurances on all individuals listed in R432-2-[6]7(3):

(a) None of the persons has been convicted of a felony;

(b) None of the persons has been found in violation of any local, state, or federal law which arises from or is otherwise related to the individual's relationship to a health care facility; and

(c) None of the persons who has currently or within the five years prior to the date of application had previous interest in a licensed health care facility that has been any of the following:

(i) subject of a patient care receivership action;

(ii) closed as a result of a settlement agreement resulting from a decertification action or a license revocation;

(iii) involuntarily terminated from participation in either Medicaid or Medicare programs; or

(iv) convicted of patient abuse, neglect or exploitation where the facts of the case prove that the licensee failed to provide adequate protection or services for the person to prevent such abuse.[

(5) The requirements contained in Utah Code Section 26-21-23(5)(a) shall be met if a nursing care facility filed a notice of intent or application with the Department and paid a fee relating to a proposed nursing care facility prior to March 1, 2007.

(6) The requirements contained in Utah Code Section 26-21-23(5)(b) shall be met if a nursing care facility complies with the requirements of R432-4-14(4) and R432-4-16 on or before July 1, 2008.]


R432-2-8. License Fee.

In accordance with Subsection 26-21-[5]6(1)([c]d), the applicant shall submit a license fee with the completed application form. A current fee schedule is available from the Bureau of Health Facility Licensing upon request. Any late fees is assessed according to the fee schedule.


R432-2-10. Initial License Issuance or Denial.

(1) The Department shall render a decision on an initial license application within 60 days of receipt of a complete application packet or within six months of the date the first component of an application packet is received; provided, in either case, a minimum of 45 days is allowed for the initial policy and procedure manual review.

(2) Upon verification of compliance with licensing requirements the Department shall issue a provisional license.

(3) The Department shall issue a written notice of agency decision under the procedures for adjudicative proceedings (R432-30) denying a license if the facility is not in compliance with the applicable laws, rules, or regulations. The notice shall state the reasons for denial.

(4) An applicant who is denied licensing may reapply for initial licensing as a new applicant and shall be required to initiate a new request for agency action as described in R432-2-[6]7.

(5) The Department shall assess an administrative fee on all denied license applications. This fee shall be subtracted from any fees submitted as part of the application packet and a refund for the balance returned to the applicant.


R432-2-12. Expiration and Renewal.

(1) Each standard license shall expire at midnight on the day designated on the license as the expiration date, unless the license is revoked or extended under subsection (2) or (4) by the Department.

(2) If a facility is operating under a conditional license for a period extending beyond the expiration date of the current license, the Department shall establish a new expiration date.

(3) The licensee shall submit a Request for Agency Action/License Application form, applicable fees, clearances, and the annual report for the previous calendar year (if required by the Department under R432-2-[8]9) 15 days before the current license expires.

(4) A license shall expire on the date specified on the license unless the licensee requests and is granted an extension from the Department.

(5) The Department shall renew a standard license upon verification that the licensee and facility are in compliance with all applicable license rules.

(6) Facilities no longer providing patient care or client services may not have their license renewed.


R432-2-18. Standard License.

A standard license is a license issued to a licensee if:

(1) the licensee meets the conditions attached to a provisional or conditional license;

(2) the licensee corrects the identified rule violations; or[

(3) when the facility assures the Department that it complies with R432-2-11 to R432-2-12.]


KEY: health care facilities

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [August 21, 2015]2016

Notice of Continuation: August 12, 2013

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-21-9; 26-21-11; 26-21-12; 26-21-13


Additional Information

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Joel Hoffman at the above address, by phone at 801-273-2804, by FAX at 801-274-0658, or by Internet E-mail at jhoffman@utah.gov; Carmen Richins at the above address, by phone at 801-273-2802, by FAX at 801-274-0658, or by Internet E-mail at carmenrichins@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules.