DAR File No. 41969

This rule was published in the August 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 16) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing

Rule R432-2

General Licensing Provisions

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 41969
Filed: 07/31/2017 12:38:42 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of this rule amendment is to modify the required ownership information to fit with current agency practices, as well as to amend incorrect references and wording. The Health Facility Committee reviewed and approved these rule amendments on 02/08/2017 and again on 05/10/2017.

Summary of the rule or change:

The rule amendment modifies what facility ownership information is required to be submitted during the licensing process, it deletes unnecessary items and adds the email address and physical address. The definition that is added in Subsection R432-2-7(3) is one that is currently used in this rule in another section. This amendment also corrects many outdated references and corrects errors.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Title 26, Chapter 21

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that this proposed rule will not result in a fiscal impact to the state budget because this amendment simply updates references and modifies the rule to fit with current agency practices.

local governments:

After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that this proposed rule will not result in a fiscal impact to the local government budget because this amendment simply updates references and modifies the rule to fit with current agency practices.

small businesses:

After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that this proposed rule will not result in a fiscal impact to the small businesses budget because this amendment simply updates references and modifies the rule to fit with current agency practices.

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

After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that this proposed rule will not result in a fiscal impact to businesses, individuals, local governments, and persons that are not small businesses because this amendment simply updates references and modifies the rule to fit with current agency practices.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that this proposed rule will not result in a fiscal impact to affected persons because this amendment simply updates references and modifies the rule to fit with current agency practices.

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

There will be no fiscal impact on business.

Joseph Miner, MD, Executive Director

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

Health
Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing
3760 S HIGHLAND DR
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84106

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:

09/14/2017

This rule may become effective on:

09/21/2017

Authorized by:

Joseph Miner, Executive Director

RULE TEXT


R432. Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing.

R432-2. General Licensing Provisions.

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) As used in this section, an "owner" is any person or entity:

(a) ultimately responsible for operating a health care facility; or

(b) legally responsible for decisions and liabilities in a business management sense or that bears the final responsibility for operating decisions made in the capacity of a governing body.

(4) The applicant shall submit contact information for the ownership of the legal entity including [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 names, email addresses and mailing addresses.[, 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]5) The applicant shall provide the following written assurances on all individuals listed in R432-2-7([3]4):

(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.

 

R432-2-11. License Contents and Provisions.

(1) The license shall document the following:

(a) the name of the health facility,

(b) licensee,

(c) type of facility,

(d) approved licensed capacity including identification of operational and secure unit [banked ]beds,

(e) street address of the facility,

(f) issue and expiration date of license,

(g) construction variance information, and

(h) license number.

(2) The license is not assignable or transferable.

(3) Each license is the property of the Department. The licensee shall return the license within five days following closure of a health care facility or upon the request of the Department.

(4) The licensee shall post the license on the licensed premises in a place readily visible and accessible to the public.

 

R432-2-13. New License Required.

(1) A prospective licensee shall submit a Request for Agency Action/License Application, fees, and required documentation for a new license at least 30 days before any of the following proposed or anticipated changes occur:

(a) occupancy of a new[or replacement] facility;[.]

(b) change of ownership; or

(c) change in license category.

(2) Before the Department may issue a new license, the prospective licensee shall provide documentation that:

(a) all patient care records, personnel records, staffing schedules, quality assurance committee minutes, in-service program records, and other documents required by applicable rules remain in the facility and have been transferred to the custody of the new licensee.

(b) the existing policy and procedures manual or a new manual has been [approved by the Department and ]adopted by the facility governing body before change of ownership occurs.

(c) new contracts for professional or other services not provided directly by the facility have been secured.

(d) new transfer agreements have been drafted and signed.

(e) written documentation exists of clear ownership or lease of the facility by the new owner.

(3) Upon sale or other transfer of ownership, the licensee shall provide the new owner with a written accounting, prepared by an independent certified public accountant, of all patient funds being transferred, and obtain a written receipt for those funds from the new owner.

(4) A prospective licensee is responsible for all uncorrected rule violations and deficiencies including any current plan of correction submitted by the previous licensee unless a revised plan of correction, approved by the Department, is submitted by the prospective licensee before the change of ownership becomes effective.

(5) If a license is issued to the new owner the previous licensee shall return his license to the Department within five days of the new owners receipt of the license.

(6) Upon verification that the facility is in compliance with all applicable licensing rules, the Department shall issue a new license effective the date compliance is determined as required by R432-2-9.

 

R432-2-14. Change in Licensing Status.

(1) A licensee shall submit a Request for Agency Action/License Application to amend or modify the license status at least 30 days before any of the following proposed or anticipated changes:

(a) increase or decrease of licensed capacity;[.]

(b) change in name of facility;[.]

(c) [change in license category.] occupancy of a replacement facility;

(d) change of license classification; or[.]

(e) change in administrator.

(2) An increase of licensed capacity may incur an additional license fee if the increase exceeds the maximum number of units in the fee category division of the existing license. This fee shall be the difference in license fee for the existing and proposed capacity according to the license fee schedule.

(3) Upon verification that the licensee and facility are in compliance with all applicable licensing rules, the Department shall issue an amended or modified license effective the date that the Department determines that the licensee is in compliance.

 

R432-2-18. Standard License.

(1) A standard license is a license issued to a licensee if:

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

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

(c) the licensee completes all licensing renewal requirements as per R432-2-12.

 

KEY: health care facilities

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [August 4, 2016]2017

Notice of Continuation: August 12, 2013

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


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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 Office of Administrative Rules.