CHAPTER 368z
OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS

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Sec. 19a-612d. Office of Health Care Access division overseen by a Deputy Commissioner of Public Health.
Sec. 19a-631. (Formerly Sec. 19a-148a). Assessments of hospitals for expenses of the office.
Sec. 19a-632. (Formerly Sec. 19a-148b). Calculation of assessment and costs.
Sec. 19a-632a. Payment of assessment by electronic funds transfer.
Sec. 19a-634. (Formerly Sec. 19a-150). State-wide health care facility utilization study. State-wide health care facilities and services plan. Inventory of health care facilities, equipment and services.
Sec. 19a-638. (Formerly Sec. 19a-154). Certificate of need. When required and not required. Request for office determination. Policies, procedures and regulations.
Sec. 19a-639a. Certificate of need application process. Issuance of decision. Public hearings. Policies, procedures and regulations.
Sec. 19a-639e. Proposed termination of service by a health care facility. Policies, procedures and regulations.
Sec. 19a-649. (Formerly Sec. 19a-167f). Uncompensated care. Annual filing of audited financial statement. Annual report.
Sec. 19a-653. (Formerly Sec. 19a-167j). Failure to file data or information. Civil penalty. Notice. Extension. Hearing. Appeal. Deduction from Medicaid payments.
Sec. 19a-654. (Formerly Sec. 19a-167k). Data submission requirements. Memorandum of understanding. Regulations.
Sec. 19a-659. (Formerly Sec. 19a-170). Definitions.
Sec. 19a-662. (Formerly Sec. 19a-168j). Cost reduction plan requirement. Regulations.
Sec. 19a-669. (Formerly Sec. 19a-169). Determination and information re disproportionate share payments and emergency assistance to families.
Sec. 19a-670. (Formerly Sec. 19a-169a). Office to report on review and financial stability of hospitals.
Sec. 19a-670a. Application for federal approval by the Department of Social Services.
Sec. 19a-671 (Formerly Sec. 19a-169b) and 19a-671a. Calculation and determination of payments. Adjustment of overpayments for disproportionate share-medical emergency assistance by reducing Medicaid payments.
Sec. 19a-672 (Formerly Sec. 19a-169c) and 19a-672a. Use of medical assistance disproportionate share-emergency assistance account funds. Payments when short-term general hospital changes ownership during fiscal year.
Sec. 19a-673. (Formerly Sec. 19a-169e). Collections by hospitals from uninsured patients.
Sec. 19a-683. Reconciliation account.

      Sec. 19a-612d. Office of Health Care Access division overseen by a Deputy Commissioner of Public Health. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, there shall be a Deputy Commissioner of Public Health who shall oversee the Office of Health Care Access division of the Department of Public Health and who shall exercise independent decision-making authority over all certificate of need decisions.

      (Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 2; P.A. 11-242, S. 24.)

      History: Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 11-242 substituted "certificate of need decisions" for "certificate of need related matters" re deputy commissioner's independent decision-making authority and deleted provisions re former commissioner of office serving as deputy commissioner, designation of executive assistant by deputy commissioner and report to General Assembly.

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      Sec. 19a-631. (Formerly Sec. 19a-148a). Assessments of hospitals for expenses of the office. (a) As used in this section, section 19a-632 and section 19a-632a, "hospital" means each hospital subject to the provisions of this chapter and licensed as a short-term acute-care general hospital or a children's hospital or both by the Department of Public Health.

      (b) Each hospital shall annually pay to the Commissioner of Public Health, for deposit in the General Fund, an amount equal to its share of the actual expenditures made by the office during each fiscal year including the cost of fringe benefits for office personnel as estimated by the Comptroller, the amount of expenses for central state services attributable to the office for the fiscal year as estimated by the Comptroller, plus the expenditures made on behalf of the office from the Capital Equipment Purchase Fund pursuant to section 4a-9 for such year. Payments shall be made by assessment of all hospitals of the costs calculated and collected in accordance with the provisions of this section and section 19a-632. If for any reason a hospital ceases operation, any unpaid assessment for the operations of the office shall be reapportioned among the remaining hospitals to be paid in addition to any other assessment.

      (P.A. 93-229, S. 18, 21; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 42, 58; P.A. 98-22, S. 1, 3; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 6; P.A. 11-242, S. 88.)

      History: P.A. 93-229 effective June 4, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health and "commission" with "office", qualified expenditures made by the office as those which are accountable to the functions of the office transferred from the Commission on Hospitals and Health Care, and deleted reference to a fiscal year 1993 share, effective July 1, 1995; Sec. 19a-148a transferred to Sec. 19a-631 in 1997; P.A. 98-22 amended Subsec. (b) to require payment to the Commissioner of Health Care Access rather than Commissioner of Public Health, deleted reference to expenditures "which are accountable to the functions of the office transferred from the Commission on Hospitals and Health Care" and added provision re reapportionment of payments when a hospital ceases operation, effective July 1, 1998; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b) by substituting Commissioner of Public Health for Commissioner of Health Care Access, effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to Sec. 19a-632a, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-632. (Formerly Sec. 19a-148b). Calculation of assessment and costs. (a) On or before September first, annually, the Office of Health Care Access shall determine (1) the total net revenue of each hospital for the most recently completed hospital fiscal year beginning October first; and (2) the proposed assessment on the hospital for the state fiscal year. The assessment on each hospital shall be calculated by multiplying the hospital's percentage share of the total net revenue specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection times the costs of the office, as determined in subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) The costs of the office shall be the total of (1) the amount appropriated for expenses for the operation of the office for the fiscal year, as estimated by the Comptroller, (2) the cost of fringe benefits for office personnel for such year, as estimated by the Comptroller, (3) the amount of expenses for central state services attributable to the office for the fiscal year as estimated by the Comptroller, and (4) the estimated expenditures on behalf of the office from the Capital Equipment Purchase Fund pursuant to section 4a-9 for such year, provided for purposes of this calculation the amount of expenses for the operation of the office for the fiscal year as estimated by the Comptroller, plus the cost of fringe benefits for personnel, the amount of expenses for said central state services for the fiscal year as estimated by the Comptroller, and said estimated expenditures from the Capital Equipment Purchase Fund pursuant to section 4a-9 shall be deemed to be the actual expenditures of the office.

      (c) On or before December thirty-first, annually, for each fiscal year, each hospital shall pay the office twenty-five per cent of its proposed assessment, adjusted to reflect any credit or amount due under the recalculated assessment for the preceding state fiscal year as determined pursuant to subsection (d) of this section or any reapportioned assessment pursuant to subsection (b) of section 19a-631. The hospital shall pay the remaining seventy-five per cent of its assessment to the office in three equal installments on or before the following March thirty-first, June thirtieth and September thirtieth, annually.

      (d) Immediately following the close of each state fiscal year the commissioner shall recalculate the proposed assessment for each hospital based on the costs of the office in accordance with subsection (b) of this section using the actual expenditures made by the office during that fiscal year and the actual expenditures made on behalf of the office from the Capital Equipment Purchase Fund pursuant to section 4a-9. On or before August thirty-first, annually, the office shall render to each hospital a statement showing the difference between the respective recalculated assessment and the amount previously paid. On or before September thirtieth, the commissioner, after receiving any objections to such statements, shall make such adjustments which in said commissioner's opinion may be indicated and shall render an adjusted assessment, if any, to the affected hospitals. Adjustments to reflect any credit or amount due under the recalculated assessment for the previous state fiscal year shall be made to the proposed assessment due on or before December thirty-first of the following state fiscal year.

      (e) If any assessment is not paid when due, the commissioner shall impose a fee equal to (1) two per cent of the assessment if such failure to pay is for not more than five days, (2) five per cent of the assessment if such failure to pay is for more than five days but not more than fifteen days, or (3) ten per cent of the assessment if such failure to pay is for more than fifteen days. If a hospital fails to pay any assessment for more than thirty days after the date when due, the commissioner may, in addition to the fees imposed pursuant to this subsection, impose a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars per day for each day past the initial thirty days that the assessment is not paid. Any civil penalty authorized by this subsection shall be imposed by the commissioner in accordance with subsections (b) to (e), inclusive, of section 19a-653.

      (f) The office shall deposit all payments received pursuant to this section with the State Treasurer. The moneys so deposited shall be credited to the General Fund and shall be accounted for as expenses recovered from hospitals.

      (P.A. 93-229, S. 19, 21; P.A. 95-257, S. 39, 43, 58; P.A. 98-22, S. 2, 3; P.A. 03-222, S. 1; P.A. 06-64, S. 4; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 7; P.A. 11-242, S. 86.)

      History: P.A. 93-229 effective June 4, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care with Office of Health Care Access, "commission" with "office" and "chairman of the commission" with "commissioner" and amended Subsecs. (a)(1) and Subsec. (b)(4) to qualify expenditures as those accountable or attributable to the functions of the office, effective July 1, 1995; Sec. 19a-148b transferred to Sec. 19a-632 in 1997; P.A. 98-22 deleted, in Subsecs. (a) and (b), reference to expenditures "which are accountable to the functions of the office transferred from the Commission on Hospitals and Health Care," changed "total of that portion of" to "total of" in Subsec. (b), inserted "or any reapportioned assessment pursuant to subsection (b) of section 19a-631" in Subsec. (c) and required the "office" rather than the "commissioner" to render recalculated assessments in Subsec. (d), effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 03-222 amended Subsec. (d) by changing due date of statement from office to hospital from July thirty-first to August thirty-first, changing due date of adjusted assessment from August thirty-first to September thirtieth and making a technical change, effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 06-64 deleted Subsec. (g) re inclusion of assessments in computation of net and gross revenue caps, effective July 1, 2006; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b) by adding "for expenses" and "as estimated by the Comptroller," in Subdiv. (1) and by replacing "so appropriated" with "of expenses for the operation of the office for the fiscal year as estimated by the Comptroller," in Subdiv. (4), effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (e) by replacing provision re fee and interest charged when assessment is not timely paid with provision re late fee based on number of days that assessment payment is overdue and by adding provisions permitting commissioner to impose a civil penalty not to exceed $1000 per day for each day past initial 30 days that assessment is not paid, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-632a. Payment of assessment by electronic funds transfer. (a) For purposes of this section, "electronic funds transfer" has the same meaning as provided in section 12-685.

      (b) The Department of Public Health may require a hospital to pay an assessment levied pursuant to section 19a-632 by way of an approved method of electronic funds transfer.

      (c) A hospital making an electronic funds transfer pursuant to this section shall initiate such transfer in a timely fashion to ensure that a bank account designated by the department is credited by electronic funds transfer for the amount of the assessment required to be made by such method on or before the date such assessment is due.

      (d) Where an assessment is required to be made by electronic funds transfer, any payment made by a method other than electronic funds transfer shall be treated as an assessment not made in a timely manner, and any payment made by electronic funds transfer, where the bank account designated by the department is not credited for the amount of the assessment on or before the date such assessment is due, shall be treated as an assessment not made in a timely manner. Any assessment treated under this subsection as an assessment not made in a timely manner shall be subject to a penalty in accordance with subsection (e) of this section.

      (e) Where any assessment is treated under subsection (d) of this section as an assessment not made in a timely manner because it is made by means other than electronic funds transfer, there shall be imposed a penalty equal to ten per cent of the assessment required to be made by electronic funds transfer. Where any assessment made by electronic funds transfer is treated under subsection (d) of this section as an assessment not made in a timely manner because the bank account designated by the department is not credited by electronic funds transfer for the amount of the assessment on or before the date such assessment is due, there shall be imposed a penalty equal to (1) two per cent of the assessment required to be made by electronic funds transfer, if such failure to pay by electronic funds transfer is for not more than five days; (2) five per cent of the assessment required to be made by electronic funds transfer, if such failure to pay by electronic funds transfer is for more than five days but not more than fifteen days; or (3) ten per cent of the assessment required to be made by electronic funds transfer, if such failure to pay by electronic funds transfer is for more than fifteen days.

      (f) The department shall deposit all payments received pursuant to this section with the State Treasurer. The moneys so deposited shall be credited to the General Fund and shall be accounted for as expenses recovered from hospitals.

      (P.A. 11-242, S. 89.)

      History: P.A. 11-242 effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-634. (Formerly Sec. 19a-150). State-wide health care facility utilization study. State-wide health care facilities and services plan. Inventory of health care facilities, equipment and services. (a) The Office of Health Care Access shall conduct, on an annual basis, a state-wide health care facility utilization study. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of: (1) Current availability and utilization of acute hospital care, hospital emergency care, specialty hospital care, outpatient surgical care, primary care and clinic care; (2) geographic areas and subpopulations that may be underserved or have reduced access to specific types of health care services; and (3) other factors that the office deems pertinent to health care facility utilization. Not later than June thirtieth of each year, the Commissioner of Public Health shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and human services on the findings of the study. Such report may also include the office's recommendations for addressing identified gaps in the provision of health care services and recommendations concerning a lack of access to health care services.

      (b) The office, in consultation with such other state agencies as the Commissioner of Public Health deems appropriate, shall establish and maintain a state-wide health care facilities and services plan. Such plan may include, but not be limited to: (1) An assessment of the availability of acute hospital care, hospital emergency care, specialty hospital care, outpatient surgical care, primary care and clinic care; (2) an evaluation of the unmet needs of persons at risk and vulnerable populations as determined by the commissioner; (3) a projection of future demand for health care services and the impact that technology may have on the demand, capacity or need for such services; and (4) recommendations for the expansion, reduction or modification of health care facilities or services. In the development of the plan, the office shall consider the recommendations of any advisory bodies which may be established by the commissioner. The commissioner may also incorporate the recommendations of authoritative organizations whose mission is to promote policies based on best practices or evidence-based research. The commissioner, in consultation with hospital representatives, shall develop a process that encourages hospitals to incorporate the state-wide health care facilities and services plan into hospital long-range planning and shall facilitate communication between appropriate state agencies concerning innovations or changes that may affect future health planning. The office shall update the state-wide health care facilities and services plan on or before July 1, 2012, and every five years thereafter.

      (c) For purposes of conducting the state-wide health care facility utilization study and preparing the state-wide health care facilities and services plan, the office shall establish and maintain an inventory of all health care facilities, the equipment identified in subdivisions (9) and (10) of subsection (a) of section 19a-638, and services in the state, including health care facilities that are exempt from certificate of need requirements under subsection (b) of section 19a-638. The office shall develop an inventory questionnaire to obtain the following information: (1) The name and location of the facility; (2) the type of facility; (3) the hours of operation; (4) the type of services provided at that location; and (5) the total number of clients, treatments, patient visits, procedures performed or scans performed in a calendar year. The inventory shall be completed biennially by health care facilities and providers and such health care facilities and providers shall not be required to provide patient specific or financial data.

      (P.A. 73-117, S. 8, 31; P.A. 75-562, S. 4, 8; P.A. 77-192, S. 5, 13; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-11, S. 14, 25; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 45, 58; P.A. 09-77, S. 1; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 8; P.A. 10-18, S. 12; 10-179, S. 85; P.A. 11-183, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 75-562 required that recommendations be made to health commissioner rather than to governor and general assembly; P.A. 77-192 required consultation with state bureau of health planning and development and deleted commission's duty to formulate state-wide health care program for improving delivery of services; Sec. 19-73h transferred to Sec. 19a-150 in 1983; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-11 replaced reference to "state bureau of health planning and development" with department of health services, replaced utilization review with utilization study, and added Subsec. (b) requiring the commission to establish and maintain a state-wide health care facilities plan; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced "commission" with "Office of Health Care Access" and "office" and "Department of Public Health and Addiction Services" with "Department of Public Health", effective July 1, 1995; Sec. 19a-150 transferred to Sec. 19a-634 in 1997; P.A. 09-77 amended Subsec. (a) by eliminating Department of Public Health's consultative role in conducting annual state-wide health care facility utilization study and by revising scope of study, and amended Subsec. (b) by expanding commissioner's authority to incorporate recommendations of other agencies and entities in developing state-wide health care facilities plan, by revising scope of plan and by requiring that plan be updated on or before July 1, 2012, and every five years thereafter, effective July 1, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing "Commissioner of Health Care Access" with "office", by replacing "commissioner" with "Commissioner of Public Health" and by replacing "commissioner's" with "office's" and amended Subsec. (b) by substituting Commissioner of Public Health for Commissioner of Health Care Access, effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 10-18 made a technical change in Subsec. (b)(1); P.A. 10-179 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing "state-wide health care facilities plan" with "state-wide health care facilities and services plan" and added Subsec. (c) re inventory of health care facilities, equipment and services; P.A. 11-183 amended Subsec. (c) by making a technical change, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-638. (Formerly Sec. 19a-154). Certificate of need. When required and not required. Request for office determination. Policies, procedures and regulations. (a) A certificate of need issued by the office shall be required for:

      (1) The establishment of a new health care facility;

      (2) A transfer of ownership of a health care facility;

      (3) The establishment of a free-standing emergency department;

      (4) The termination of inpatient or outpatient services offered by a hospital, including, but not limited to, the termination by a short-term acute care general hospital or children's hospital of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services;

      (5) The establishment of an outpatient surgical facility, as defined in section 19a-493b, or as established by a short-term acute care general hospital;

      (6) The termination of surgical services by an outpatient surgical facility, as defined in section 19a-493b, or a facility that provides outpatient surgical services as part of the outpatient surgery department of a short-term acute care general hospital, provided termination of outpatient surgical services due to (A) insufficient patient volume, or (B) the termination of any subspecialty surgical service, shall not require certificate of need approval;

      (7) The termination of an emergency department by a short-term acute care general hospital;

      (8) The establishment of cardiac services, including inpatient and outpatient cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology and cardiovascular surgery;

      (9) The acquisition of computed tomography scanners, magnetic resonance imaging scanners, positron emission tomography scanners or positron emission tomography-computed tomography scanners, by any person, physician, provider, short-term acute care general hospital or children's hospital, except as provided for in subdivision (22) of subsection (b) of this section;

      (10) The acquisition of nonhospital based linear accelerators;

      (11) An increase in the licensed bed capacity of a health care facility;

      (12) The acquisition of equipment utilizing technology that has not previously been utilized in the state;

      (13) An increase of two or more operating rooms within any three-year period, commencing on and after October 1, 2010, by an outpatient surgical facility, as defined in section 19a-493b, or by a short-term acute care general hospital; and

      (14) The termination of inpatient or outpatient services offered by a hospital or other facility or institution operated by the state that provides services that are eligible for reimbursement under Title XVIII or XIX of the federal Social Security Act, 42 USC 301, as amended.

      (b) A certificate of need shall not be required for:

      (1) Health care facilities owned and operated by the federal government;

      (2) The establishment of offices by a licensed private practitioner, whether for individual or group practice, except when a certificate of need is required in accordance with the requirements of section 19a-493b or subdivision (9) or (10) of subsection (a) of this section;

      (3) A health care facility operated by a religious group that exclusively relies upon spiritual means through prayer for healing;

      (4) Residential care homes, nursing homes and rest homes, as defined in subsection (c) of section 19a-490;

      (5) An assisted living services agency, as defined in section 19a-490;

      (6) Home health agencies, as defined in section 19a-490;

      (7) Hospice services, as described in section 19a-122b;

      (8) Outpatient rehabilitation facilities;

      (9) Outpatient chronic dialysis services;

      (10) Transplant services;

      (11) Free clinics, as defined in section 19a-630;

      (12) School-based health centers, community health centers, as defined in section 19a-490a, not-for-profit outpatient clinics licensed in accordance with the provisions of chapter 368v and federally qualified health centers;

      (13) A program licensed or funded by the Department of Children and Families, provided such program is not a psychiatric residential treatment facility;

      (14) Any nonprofit facility, institution or provider that has a contract with, or is certified or licensed to provide a service for, a state agency or department for a service that would otherwise require a certificate of need. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to a short-term acute care general hospital or children's hospital, or a hospital or other facility or institution operated by the state that provides services that are eligible for reimbursement under Title XVIII or XIX of the federal Social Security Act, 42 USC 301, as amended;

      (15) A health care facility operated by a nonprofit educational institution exclusively for students, faculty and staff of such institution and their dependents;

      (16) An outpatient clinic or program operated exclusively by or contracted to be operated exclusively by a municipality, municipal agency, municipal board of education or a health district, as described in section 19a-241;

      (17) A residential facility for persons with intellectual disability licensed pursuant to section 17a-227 and certified to participate in the Title XIX Medicaid program as an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded;

      (18) Replacement of existing imaging equipment if such equipment was acquired through certificate of need approval or a certificate of need determination, provided a health care facility, provider, physician or person notifies the office of the date on which the equipment is replaced and the disposition of the replaced equipment;

      (19) Acquisition of cone-beam dental imaging equipment that is to be used exclusively by a dentist licensed pursuant to chapter 379;

      (20) The partial or total elimination of services provided by an outpatient surgical facility, as defined in section 19a-493b, except as provided in subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of this section and section 19a-639e;

      (21) The termination of services for which the Department of Public Health has requested the facility to relinquish its license; or

      (22) Acquisition of any equipment by any person that is to be used exclusively for scientific research that is not conducted on humans.

      (c) (1) Any person, health care facility or institution that is unsure whether a certificate of need is required under this section, or (2) any health care facility that proposes to relocate pursuant to section 19a-639c shall send a letter to the office that describes the project and requests that the office make a determination as to whether a certificate of need is required. In the case of a relocation of a health care facility, the letter shall include information described in section 19a-639c. A person, health care facility or institution making such request shall provide the office with any information the office requests as part of its determination process.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Health may implement policies and procedures necessary to administer the provisions of this section while in the process of adopting such policies and procedures as regulation, provided the commissioner holds a public hearing prior to implementing the policies and procedures and prints notice of intent to adopt regulations in the Connecticut Law Journal not later than twenty days after the date of implementation. Policies and procedures implemented pursuant to this section shall be valid until the time final regulations are adopted. Final regulations shall be adopted by December 31, 2011.

      (P.A. 73-117, S. 13, 31; P.A. 77-192, S. 7, 13; 77-304, S. 2; 77-601, S. 7, 11; P.A. 79-98, S. 1, 4; P.A. 80-73, S. 4; P.A. 81-211; 81-441, S. 1; 81-465, S. 5, 9, 18; P.A. 82-415, S. 15, 18; P.A. 83-215, S. 1, 3; P.A. 86-374, S. 2, 6; P.A. 87-192, S. 1, 3; 87-420, S. 11, 14; P.A. 89-72, S. 1, 5; 89-325, S. 12, 26; P.A. 91-48, S. 1, 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8, S. 27, 63; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-12, S. 10; P.A. 92-220, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-229, S. 3, 21; 93-262, S. 1, 17, 87; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-406, S. 1, 6; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 94-236, S. 9, 10; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 39, 46, 58; P.A. 97-112, S. 2; P.A. 98-150, S. 2, 17; P.A. 02-89, S. 34; P.A. 03-17, S. 1; P.A. 05-75, S. 2; 05-93, S. 1; 05-280, S. 58; P.A. 06-28, S. 1; 06-64, S. 6; 06-196, S. 214; P.A. 08-14, S. 3; P.A. 09-232, S. 92; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 9; P.A. 10-179, S. 87; P.A. 11-10, S. 1; 11-129, S. 8; 11-183, S. 1; 11-242, S. 80.)

      History: P.A. 77-192 included state health care facilities or institutions in provisions of section; P.A. 77-304 specified applicability to facilities or institutions which intend to "transfer all or any part of its ownership or control prior to being initially licensed" and specified factors to be considered in review if transfer of ownership or control is proposed; P.A. 77-601 added provisions concerning applicability of provisions to home health care, homemaker-home health aide, or coordination assessment and monitoring agencies and added Subsec. (b) re approval of home health care, homemaker-home health aide or coordination, assessment and monitoring agencies; P.A. 79-98 made provisions applicable to inpatient rehabilitation facilities affiliated with Easter Seal Society; P.A. 80-73 allowed commission to modify requests as well as to grant or deny requests in Subsec. (a); P.A. 81-211 mandated commission approval in Subsec. (a) for decreases in services to medical assistance patients by termination of Medicaid provider agreements; P.A. 81-441 amended the commission on hospitals and health care certificate of need review process by exempting from review outpatient, i.e. "ambulatory", services provided by a health maintenance organization and by extending review to any facility plan to terminate a health service or to substantially decrease bed capacity; P.A. 81-465 amended Subsec. (a) to exempt home health care and homemaker-home health care agencies from commission review relative to transfers of ownership prior to initial licensure or increased staffing or services, and added provisions, codified by the Revisors as Subsec. (c), re coordination of activities between commission and health systems agencies; P.A. 82-415 eliminated exception for ambulatory service programs by health maintenance organizations from provision requiring submission of request for permission to add a function or service or to increase staff in Subsec. (a); Sec. 19-73l transferred to Sec. 19a-154 in 1983; P.A. 83-215 exempted ambulatory services established and conducted by a health maintenance organization from certificate of need review, provided for a 15-day extension of the 90-day review period if additional information is requested by the commissioner or a motion to approve, modify or deny a request results in a tie vote and authorized the adoption of regulations to establish a schedule for the submission of similar requests; P.A. 86-374 deleted references to coordination, assessment and monitoring agencies, including all of Subsec. (b), relettering Subsec. (c) accordingly; P.A. 87-192 deleted references to 90-day review period and added the provision re extension of the review period for 30 days; P.A. 87-420 deleted references to health systems agency and deleted the provision re coordination of activities with health systems agencies; P.A. 89-72 amended Subsec. (b) to change "shall" to "may" with regard to holding of hearings, adopting of regulations and establishing of a schedule which provides for completed applications pertaining to similar types of services; P.A. 89-325 deleted provisions re the decrease in services to recipients of medical assistance benefits in Subsec. (a); P.A. 91-48 restated Subsec. (a) provision re agencies required to request permission to undertake transfer of ownership or control, to institute additional functions or services or to terminate functions and services or to reduce bed capacity; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8 added Subsecs. (d), (e) and (f) re moratorium on certificate of need for additional nursing home beds, on additional requests for beds from residential facilities for the mentally retarded, and any requests to modify the capital cost or expiration date of approval; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-12 amended Subsec. (c) requiring the commission to adopt regulations requiring that applications for certificates be submitted in cycles; P.A. 92-220 amended Subsec. (d) by extending moratorium through June 30, 1994, and adding provision re date by which construction shall begin and date by which nursing home shall be licensed under certificates of need in effect August 1, 1991, amended Subsec. (e) by deleting provision re expiration of approval of additional nursing home beds granted on or before July 1, 1991, and substituting definition of "a continuing care facility which guarantees life care for its residents", added Subsec. (g) re joint request for merger of certificates of need, added Subsec. (h) re when construction shall be deemed to have begun, added Subsec. (i) re when financing shall be deemed to have been obtained, and added Subsec. (j) re when financing shall be deemed to have been obtained on and after March 1, 1993; P.A. 93-229 added Subsec. (a)(4) re submission of letter of intent, amended Subsec. (b) re exception to 90-day review period, adding language explaining that emergency nature to include compliances with fire, building or life safety code and that the letter of intent may be waived and amended Subsec. (c) to change "shall" to "may" re adoption of regulations, effective June 4, 1993; P.A. 93-262 deleted homemaker-home health aide agencies and added nursing homes, homes for the aged, rest homes and certain residential facilities for the mentally retarded as facilities to which section applies, deleted Subsecs. (d) to (g), inclusive, and (i) re requests for additional nursing home beds, continuing care facilities, requests for beds in residential facilities for the mentally retarded, certificates of need and financing methods, relettering remaining Subsecs. as necessary, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-406 added Subsecs. (f) and (g) re expiration of certificates of need for nursing home beds, effective June 29, 1993 (Revisor's note: Pursuant to P.A. 93-262, 93-381 and 93-435 references to commissioners and departments of health services and income maintenance were replaced editorially by the Revisors by references to commissioners and departments of public health and addiction services and social services, respectively); P.A. 94-236 deleted former Subsec. (g) regarding nonexpiration of certificate of need if additional beds are used for a continuing care facility, effective June 7, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care and "commission" with Office of Health Care Access and "office" or "commissioner", replaced Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Department of Public Health and deleted reference to a tie vote of the former commission, effective July 1, 1995; Sec. 19a-154 transferred to Sec. 19a-638 in 1997; P.A. 97-112 replaced "home for the aged" with "residential care home"; P.A. 98-150 added reference to exceptions in introductory language of Subsec. (a) and deleted the exceptions throughout section, reworded transfer as Subpara. (A) in Subsec. (a)(1) and added Subparas. (B) and (C), changed "transfer" to "transfer or change" in Subsec. (a)(1), amended Subdiv. (a)(4) by adding "replacement or additional", adding "or relocation" to "expansion" adding references to change in ownership or control, termination of services or reduction in bed capacity or type, capital expenditure over $1,000,000 and acquisition of specified equipment over $400,000, added "value or expenditure" to Subdiv. (a)(4)(C), changed 90 days to 60 in Subdiv. (a)(4)(E) and added exception re one-time extension, amended Subsec. (b) by adding "new" and "expansion or the termination" to service or function and adding reference to termination or change of ownership throughout Subsec., added "affiliate of such hospital or any combination thereof", replaced reference to future budget adjustments with Subdivs. (1), (2) and language re exclusion during review period, amended Subsec. (c) by deleting obsolete authority to adopt regulations and made technical changes throughout, effective June 5, 1998; P.A. 02-89 amended Subsec. (a) to replace reference to Sec. 19a-639d with Sec. 19a-639c, reflecting repeal of Sec. 19a-639d by the same public act; P.A. 03-17 amended Subsec. (a)(3) by replacing "decrease" with "reduce" and changed licensed bed capacity to total bed capacity and required notice when letter of intent received in Subsec. (a)(4), made technical changes in Subsec. (b) and added Subsec. (c)(1) to (3) re public hearings on complete certificate of need applications under certain circumstances; P.A. 05-75 added Subsec. (c)(3) by adding Subpara. (A) designator and new Subpara. (B) establishing a 21 calendar day deadline for requesting a public hearing on a completed certificate of need application; P.A. 05-93 amended Subsec. (a)(4) by eliminating, with certain exceptions, the $400,000 capital expenditure threshold for certificate of need review of proposals involving the purchase, lease or donation acceptance of various types of scanning equipment and linear accelerators and by making technical changes, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-280 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to Sec. 19a-487a, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-28 amended Subsec. (a)(4) by increasing the capital expenditure threshold and major medical equipment acquisition threshold for certificate of need review to $3,000,000, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 06-64 amended Subsec. (b) by allowing waiver of letter of intent requirement when a function, service or termination or change of ownership or control is necessary to maintain continued access to health care services provided by a facility or institution, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsec. (a)(4), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 08-14 amended Subsec. (a)(4) by substituting 21 days for 15 business days, substituting 7 days for 5 business days and making technical changes, amended Subsec. (b) by substituting not less than 14 days for at least 10 business days, amended Subsec. (c)(3) by making a technical change, and deleted Subsecs. (d) to (f), effective July 1, 2008; P.A. 09-232 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by deleting "all or part of" in Subpara. (A) and by defining "transfer its ownership or control", amended Subsec. (a)(4)(B) by substituting "transfer of its ownership or control" for "change in ownership or control" in clause (iii) and by eliminating "cineangiography equipment" in clause (viii) and amended Subsec. (b) by making conforming changes, effective July 1, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b) by inserting "or the commissioner's designee", effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 10-179 replaced former Subsecs. (a) to (c) with new Subsecs. (a) to (d) re when certificate of need is and is not required, letters to office for determination re whether certificate is required and authority of Commissioner of Public Health to implement policies and procedures while in process of adopting regulations; P.A. 11-10 amended Subsec. (a)(8) by adding reference to exception provided in Subsec. (b)(23) and added Subsec. (b)(23) exempting acquisition of equipment used exclusively for scientific research not conducted on humans from certificate of need requirements, effective May 24, 2011; P.A. 11-129 amended Subsec. (b)(17) to substitute "persons with intellectual disability" for "the mentally retarded"; P.A. 11-183 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring certificate of need for termination of inpatient or outpatient services offered by a hospital in Subdiv. (4), adding new Subdiv. (6) requiring certificate of need for termination of surgical services by certain facilities providing such services and redesignating existing Subdivs. (6) to (12) as Subdivs. (7) to (13), amended Subsec. (b) by substituting "persons with intellectual disability" for "the mentally retarded" in Subdiv. (17), deleting former Subdiv. (20) which excluded termination of inpatient or outpatient services offered by a hospital from certificate of need requirements, redesignating existing Subdivs. (21) to (23) as Subdivs. (20) to (22) and adding exception re Subsec. (a)(6) in Subdiv. (20), and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision, codified by the Revisors as Subdiv. (14), requiring certificate of need for termination of inpatient or outpatient services offered by certain hospitals, facilities or institutions operated by the state, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-639a. Certificate of need application process. Issuance of decision. Public hearings. Policies, procedures and regulations. (a) An application for a certificate of need shall be filed with the office in accordance with the provisions of this section and any regulations adopted by the office. The application shall address the guidelines and principles set forth in (1) subsection (a) of section 19a-639, and (2) regulations adopted by the office. The applicant shall include with the application a nonrefundable application fee of five hundred dollars.

      (b) Prior to the filing of a certificate of need application, the applicant shall publish notice that an application is to be submitted to the office in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the area where the project is to be located. Such notice shall (1) be published (A) not later than twenty days prior to the date of filing of the certificate of need application, and (B) for not less than three consecutive days, and (2) contain a brief description of the nature of the project and the street address where the project is to be located. An applicant shall file the certificate of need application with the office not later than ninety days after publishing notice of the application in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. The office shall not accept the applicant's certificate of need application for filing unless the application is accompanied by the application fee prescribed in subsection (a) of this section and proof of compliance with the publication requirements prescribed in this subsection.

      (c) Not later than five business days after receipt of a properly filed certificate of need application, the office shall publish notice of the application on its web site. Not later than thirty days after the date of filing of the application, the office may request such additional information as the office determines necessary to complete the application. The applicant shall, not later than sixty days after the date of the office's request, submit the requested information to the office. If an applicant fails to submit the requested information to the office within the sixty-day period, the office shall consider the application to have been withdrawn.

      (d) Upon determining that an application is complete, the office shall provide notice of this determination to the applicant and to the public in accordance with regulations adopted by the office. In addition, the office shall post such notice on its web site. The date on which the office posts such notice on its web site shall begin the review period. Except as provided in this subsection, (1) the review period for a completed application shall be ninety days from the date on which the office posts such notice on its web site; and (2) the office shall issue a decision on a completed application prior to the expiration of the ninety-day review period. Upon request or for good cause shown, the office may extend the review period for a period of time not to exceed sixty days. If the review period is extended, the office shall issue a decision on the completed application prior to the expiration of the extended review period. If the office holds a public hearing concerning a completed application in accordance with subsection (e) or (f) of this section, the office shall issue a decision on the completed application not later than sixty days after the date of the public hearing.

      (e) The office shall hold a public hearing on a properly filed and completed certificate of need application if three or more individuals or an individual representing an entity with five or more people submits a request, in writing, that a public hearing be held on the application. Any request for a public hearing shall be made to the office not later than thirty days after the date the office determines the application to be complete.

      (f) The office may hold a public hearing with respect to any certificate of need application submitted under this chapter. The office shall provide not less than two weeks' advance notice to the applicant, in writing, and to the public by publication in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the area served by the health care facility or provider. In conducting its activities under this chapter, the office may hold hearing on applications of a similar nature at the same time.

      (g) The Commissioner of Public Health may implement policies and procedures necessary to administer the provisions of this section while in the process of adopting such policies and procedures as regulation, provided the commissioner holds a public hearing prior to implementing the policies and procedures and prints notice of intent to adopt regulations in the Connecticut Law Journal not later than twenty days after the date of implementation. Policies and procedures implemented pursuant to this section shall be valid until the time final regulations are adopted. Final regulations shall be adopted by December 31, 2011.

      (P.A. 98-150, S. 4, 17; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 90; P.A. 05-93, S. 5; 05-151, S. 5; 05-168, S. 4; P.A. 06-28, S. 3; P.A. 07-217, S. 84; P.A. 08-14, S. 2; P.A. 09-232, S. 94; P.A. 10-179, S. 89; P.A. 11-242, S. 25.)

      History: P.A. 98-150 effective June 5, 1998 (Revisor's note: In codifying this section the Revisors editorially changed a reference in Subsec. (b) to "... September thirty." to "... September thirtieth."); June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (a) to delete references to residential care home and make a technical change, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-93 amended Subsec. (a) by adding exception re Sec. 19a-639(c) and making a technical change, and added Subsec. (c), exempting health care facilities, institutions and providers that purchase, lease or accept donation of certain scanning equipment or linear accelerators on or before July 1, 2005, or that obtain certificate of need approval or a determination that a certificate of need is not required on or before said date, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-151 amended Subsec. (b) by requiring biennial, rather than annual, registration of exempt institutions; P.A. 05-168 added new Subsec. (d) exempting from certificate of need review, at office's discretion, proposals involving the purchase or operation of an electronic medical records system on or after October 1, 2005; P.A. 06-28 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by restricting exemption from certificate of need review to proposals involving certain equipment in operation on or before July 1, 2006, effective May 8, 2006; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 08-14 amended Subsec. (b) by substituting 14 days for 10 business days and making a technical change and added Subsec. (e) re additional capital expenditures that are exempt from certificate of need review, effective April 29, 2008; P.A. 09-232 added Subsec. (a)(12) re program licensed or funded by Department of Children and Families, amended Subsec. (c) by eliminating "cineangiography equipment" and added Subsec. (f) re exemption for outpatient services provided at alternative location within primary service area, effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 10-179 replaced former Subsecs. (a) to (f) with new Subsecs. (a) to (g) re certificate of need application process, time frames for review and issuance of decision by office, public hearing process and authority of Commissioner of Public Health to implement policies and procedures while in process of adopting regulations; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b) by restructuring existing provisions and adding Subdiv. and Subpara. designators, by requiring applicant to file certificate of need application with office not later than 90 days after publishing notice of application and by making technical changes, and amended Subsec. (c) by eliminating requirement that certificate of need application be filed with Office of the Secretary of the State.

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      Sec. 19a-639e. Proposed termination of service by a health care facility. Policies, procedures and regulations. (a) Unless otherwise required to file a certificate of need application pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of section 19a-638, any health care facility that proposes to terminate a service that was authorized pursuant to a certificate of need issued under this chapter shall file a modification request with the office not later than sixty days prior to the proposed date of the termination of the service. The office may request additional information from the health care facility as necessary to process the modification request. In addition, the office shall hold a public hearing on any request from a health care facility to terminate a service pursuant to this section if three or more individuals or an individual representing an entity with five or more people submits a request, in writing, that a public hearing be held on the health care facility's proposal to terminate a service.

      (b) Any health care facility that proposes to terminate all services offered by such facility, that were authorized pursuant to one or more certificates of need issued under this chapter, shall provide notification to the office not later than sixty days prior to the termination of services and such facility shall surrender its certificate of need not later than thirty days prior to the termination of services.

      (c) Any health care facility that proposes to terminate the operation of a facility or service for which a certificate of need was not obtained shall notify the office not later than sixty days prior to terminating the operation of the facility or service.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Health may implement policies and procedures necessary to administer the provisions of this section while in the process of adopting such policies and procedures as regulation, provided the commissioner holds a public hearing prior to implementing the policies and procedures and prints notice of intent to adopt regulations in the Connecticut Law Journal not later than twenty days after the date of implementation. Policies and procedures implemented pursuant to this section shall be valid until the time final regulations are adopted. Final regulations shall be adopted by December 31, 2011.

      (P.A. 02-6, S. 1; P.A. 03-278, S. 75; P.A. 05-151, S. 6; P.A. 08-14, S. 5; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 12; P.A. 10-179, S. 92; P.A. 11-183, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 02-6 effective April 17, 2002; P.A. 03-278 made a technical change, effective July 9, 2003; P.A. 05-151 extended applicability of data submission requirements to non-profit hospitals seeking to convert to for-profit status, extended the deadline for submitting data from 10 business days after receiving a notice of defect from office to 15 business days from the date the notice was mailed by office and clarified that provisions apply to health care facilities or institutions; P.A. 08-14 substituted 21 days for 15 business days and added "or information" re submission determination by office, effective July 1, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 substituted "office" for "Office of Health Care Access" and Commissioner of Public Health for Commissioner of Health Care Access, effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 10-179 replaced former provisions with Subsecs. (a) to (d) re termination of service by a health care facility and authority of Commissioner of Public Health to implement policies and procedures while adopting regulations; P.A. 11-183 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re modification requests permitted unless otherwise required to file certificate of need application pursuant to Sec. 19a-638(a), effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-649. (Formerly Sec. 19a-167f). Uncompensated care. Annual filing of audited financial statement. Annual report. (a) The office shall review annually the level of uncompensated care provided by each hospital to the indigent. Each hospital shall file annually with the office its policies regarding the provision of charity care and reduced cost services to the indigent, excluding medical assistance recipients, and its debt collection practices. A hospital shall file its audited financial statements by February twenty-eighth of each year. The filing shall include a verification of the hospital's net revenue for the most recently completed fiscal year in a format prescribed by the office.

      (b) Each hospital shall annually report, along with data submitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, (1) the number of applicants for charity care and reduced cost services, (2) the number of approved applicants, and (3) the total and average charges and costs of the amount of charity care and reduced cost services provided.

      (P.A. 89-371, S. 7; Nov. Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-2, S. 12, 27; P.A. 93-44, S. 7, 24; 93-229, S. 7, 21; 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-257, S. 39, 58; P.A. 03-266, S. 1; P.A. 06-64, S. 13; P.A. 07-149, S. 7; P.A. 11-44, S. 174.)

      History: Nov. Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-2 authorized commission to perform audits as part of its evaluation; P.A. 93-44 included emergency assistance to families in uncompensated care, required hospitals to obtain an independent audit and file results of audit on February twenty-eighth annually, where previously commission conducted audit or contracted for independent audit, effective April 23, 1993; P.A. 93-229 added provision re audit by primary payer designation, deleted reference re February twenty-eighth audited financial statements on a separate and distinct schedule and added new language re providing required information with an opinion with hospitals financial statements filed on February twenty-eighth and included a definition of "primary payer", effective June 4, 1993; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care with Office of Health Care Access, effective July 1, 1995; Sec. 19a-167f transferred to Sec. 19a-649 in 1997; P.A. 03-266 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added new Subsec. (b) re annual report; P.A. 06-64 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to "TriCare" and requiring audit results and opinions to be filed separately from audited financial statements by March thirty-first of each year, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 07-149 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by substituting "charity" care for "free" care and further amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision re emergency assistance to families and redefine "primary payer", effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 11-44 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting requirements that office consult with Commissioner of Social Services and that hospitals obtain an independent audit and adding requirement that hospitals file audited financial statements annually, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-653. (Formerly Sec. 19a-167j). Failure to file data or information. Civil penalty. Notice. Extension. Hearing. Appeal. Deduction from Medicaid payments. (a) Any person or health care facility or institution that is required to file a certificate of need for any of the activities described in section 19a-638, and any person or health care facility or institution that is required to file data or information under any public or special act or under this chapter or sections 19a-486 to 19a-486h, inclusive, or any regulation adopted or order issued under this chapter or said sections, which wilfully fails to seek certificate of need approval for any of the activities described in section 19a-638 or to so file within prescribed time periods, shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars a day for each day such person or health care facility or institution conducts any of the described activities without certificate of need approval as required by section 19a-638 or for each day such information is missing, incomplete or inaccurate. Any health care facility or provider that fails to complete the inventory questionnaire, as required by section 19a-634, shall not be subject to civil penalties under this section. Any civil penalty authorized by this section shall be imposed by the Department of Public Health in accordance with subsections (b) to (e), inclusive, of this section.

      (b) If the Department of Public Health has reason to believe that a violation has occurred for which a civil penalty is authorized by subsection (a) of this section or subsection (e) of section 19a-632, it shall notify the person or health care facility or institution by first-class mail or personal service. The notice shall include: (1) A reference to the sections of the statute or regulation involved; (2) a short and plain statement of the matters asserted or charged; (3) a statement of the amount of the civil penalty or penalties to be imposed; (4) the initial date of the imposition of the penalty; and (5) a statement of the party's right to a hearing.

      (c) The person or health care facility or institution to whom the notice is addressed shall have fifteen business days from the date of mailing of the notice to make written application to the office to request (1) a hearing to contest the imposition of the penalty, or (2) an extension of time to file the required data. A failure to make a timely request for a hearing or an extension of time to file the required data or a denial of a request for an extension of time shall result in a final order for the imposition of the penalty. All hearings under this section shall be conducted pursuant to sections 4-176e to 4-184, inclusive. The Department of Public Health may grant an extension of time for filing the required data or mitigate or waive the penalty upon such terms and conditions as, in its discretion, it deems proper or necessary upon consideration of any extenuating factors or circumstances.

      (d) A final order of the Department of Public Health assessing a civil penalty shall be subject to appeal as set forth in section 4-183 after a hearing before the office pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, except that any such appeal shall be taken to the superior court for the judicial district of New Britain. Such final order shall not be subject to appeal under any other provision of the general statutes. No challenge to any such final order shall be allowed as to any issue which could have been raised by an appeal of an earlier order, denial or other final decision by the Department of Public Health.

      (e) If any person or health care facility or institution fails to pay any civil penalty under this section, after the assessment of such penalty has become final the amount of such penalty may be deducted from payments to such person or health care facility or institution from the Medicaid account.

      (P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 89-371, S. 28, 31; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1, S. 120, 130; P.A. 95-160, S. 55, 69; 95-220, S. 4-6; 95-257, S. 39, 58; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; P.A. 98-150, S. 8, 17; P.A. 99-172, S. 5, 7; 99-215, S. 24, 29; P.A. 05-151, S. 10; P.A. 06-28, S. 6; P.A. 09-232, S. 97; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 16; P.A. 10-179, S. 93; P.A. 11-242, S. 87.)

      History: May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1 removed obsolete language and added reference to Secs. 19a-170 to 19a-170g, inclusive, in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1994 (Revisor's note: The last sentence of Subsec. (a) which reads "Any civil penalty authorized by this section shall be imposed by the Commission on Hospitals and Health Care in accordance with subsection (b) of this section." was omitted from the amendment to Subsec. (a) but in the absence of any indication that the General Assembly intended to delete this sentence it has been treated as a clerical error and reinstated by the Revisors); P.A. 95-160 amended Subsec. (a) to add health care providers who own, operate, or seek to acquire CAT scan or medical imaging equipment, increase the penalty from $250 to $1,000, made technical changes, broadened application of section to all of chapter 368c and 368z, deleted Subsecs. (b) to (d) and replaced them with new (b) to (e) re procedure for application of penalty, effective June 1, 1995 (Revisor's note: P.A. 88-230, 90-98, 93-142 and 95-220 authorized substitution of "judicial district of Hartford" for "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" in 1995 public and special acts, effective September 1, 1998); P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care with Office of Health Care Access, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section; Sec. 19a-167j transferred to Sec. 19a-653 in 1997; P.A. 98-150 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting "health care facility or institution" concerning owning, operating or seeking to acquire equipment and adding it concerning filing data, added "or information under any public or special act", adding linear accelerators and adding Subdiv. (2) re request as to whether certificate of need is required and made technical changes, effective June 5, 1998; P.A. 99-172 added reference to "person" in Subsecs. (a), (c) and (e) and made technical changes in Subsecs. (b), (c) and (e), effective June 23, 1999; P.A. 99-215 replaced "judicial district of Hartford" with "judicial district of New Britain" in Subsec. (d), effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 05-151 amended Subsec. (a) by extending the civil penalty for failure to file certificate of need data or information with office to non-profit hospitals seeking to become for-profit hospitals and to "any person or health care facility or institution", rather than "any health care provider", and by broadening the type of major medical and scanning equipment that triggers the filing requirement, amended Subsec. (c) by extending the deadline for requesting a public hearing to contest the penalty from 10 calendar days to 15 business days after office mails the notice of violation and penalty to be imposed, and made conforming changes in Subsecs. (b), (c) and (e); P.A. 06-28 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by increasing the major medical equipment acquisition threshold from $400,000 to $3,000,000, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 09-232 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by eliminating "cineangiography equipment", effective July 1, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by substituting "Department of Public Health" for "Office of Health Care Access" and amended Subsecs. (b), (c) and (d) by substituting "Department of Public Health" for "office", effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 10-179 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting portion of former Subdiv. (1) re filing requirements for medical equipment costing over $3,000,000 and certain equipment developed or introduced on or after October 1, 2005, by adding provisions re civil penalties for wilful failure to seek certificate of need approval under Sec. 19a-638 and re exception to civil penalties for failure to complete inventory questionnaire required by Sec. 19a-634, and by deleting former Subdiv. (2) re request for office determination; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (b) by adding reference to civil penalty authorized by Sec. 19a-632(e), effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-654. (Formerly Sec. 19a-167k). Data submission requirements. Memorandum of understanding. Regulations. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Patient-identifiable data" means any information that identifies or may reasonably be used as a basis to identify an individual patient; and

      (2) "De-identified patient data" means any information that meets the requirements for de-identification of protected health information as set forth in 45 CFR 164.514.

      (b) Each short-term acute care general or children's hospital shall submit patient-identifiable inpatient discharge data and emergency department data to the Office of Health Care Access division of the Department of Public Health to fulfill the responsibilities of the office. Such data shall include data taken from patient medical record abstracts and bills. The office shall specify the timing and format of such submissions. Data submitted pursuant to this section may be submitted through a contractual arrangement with an intermediary and such contractual arrangement shall (1) comply with the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 P.L. 104-191 (HIPPA), and (2) ensure that such submission of data is timely and accurate. The office may conduct an audit of the data submitted through such intermediary in order to verify its accuracy.

      (c) An outpatient surgical facility, as defined in section 19a-493b, a short-term acute care general or children's hospital, or a facility that provides outpatient surgical services as part of the outpatient surgery department of a short-term acute care hospital shall submit to the office the data identified in subsection (c) of section 19a-634. The office shall convene a working group consisting of representatives of outpatient surgical facilities, hospitals and other individuals necessary to develop recommendations that address current obstacles to, and proposed requirements for, patient-identifiable data reporting in the outpatient setting. On or before February 1, 2012, the working group shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and insurance and real estate. Additional reporting of outpatient data as the office deems necessary shall begin not later than July 1, 2015. On or before July 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers shall provide a progress report to the Department of Public Health, until such time as all ambulatory surgery centers are in full compliance with the implementation of systems that allow for the reporting of outpatient data as required by the commissioner. Until such additional reporting requirements take effect on July 1, 2015, the department may work with the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and the Connecticut Hospital Association on specific data reporting initiatives provided that no penalties shall be assessed under this chapter or any other provision of law with respect to the failure to submit such data.

      (d) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, patient-identifiable data received by the office shall be kept confidential and shall not be considered public records or files subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200. The office may release de-identified patient data or aggregate patient data to the public in a manner consistent with the provisions of 45 CFR 164.514. Any de-identified patient data released by the office shall exclude provider, physician and payer organization names or codes and shall be kept confidential by the recipient. The office may not release patient-identifiable data except as provided for in section 19a-25 and regulations adopted pursuant to said section. No individual or entity receiving patient-identifiable data may release such data in any manner that may result in an individual patient, physician, provider or payer being identified. The office shall impose a reasonable, cost-based fee for any patient data provided to a nongovernmental entity.

      (e) Not later than October 1, 2011, the Office of Health Care Access shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Comptroller that shall permit the Comptroller to access the data set forth in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, provided the Comptroller agrees, in writing, to keep individual patient and provider data identified by proper name or personal identification code and submitted pursuant to this section confidential.

      (f) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this section.

      (g) The duties assigned to the Department of Public Health under the provisions of this section shall be implemented within available appropriations.

      (P.A. 89-371, S. 29, 31; P.A. 95-257, S. 39, 58; P.A. 02-101, S. 5; P.A. 10-179, S. 109; P.A. 11-58, S. 12; 11-61, S. 143.)

      History: P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care with Office of Health Care Access, effective July 1, 1995; Sec. 19a-167k transferred to Sec. 19a-654 in 1997; P.A. 02-101 amended section to make provisions applicable to "short-term acute care general or children's hospitals" and to require the submission of data necessary "to fulfill the responsibilities of the office", rather than for "budget review purpose", effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 10-179 replaced "Office of Health Care Access" with "Office of Health Care Access division of the Department of Public Health"; P.A. 11-58 added Subsec. (a) re definitions of "patient-identifiable data" and "de-identified patient data", designated existing provisions as Subsec. (b) and substantially revised same re data to be submitted and facilities required to submit data to Office of Health Care Access, added Subsecs. (c) to (g) re reporting requirements for outpatient surgical facilities, confidentiality provisions, memorandum of understanding between Office of Health Care Access and Comptroller, regulations and implementation within available appropriations, and made conforming and technical changes, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-61 amended Subsec. (b) to permit data to be submitted through a contractual arrangement with an intermediary and made technical changes in Subsecs. (c) and (e), effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-659. (Formerly Sec. 19a-170). Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

      (1) "Office" means the Office of Health Care Access division of the Department of Public Health;

      (2) "Hospital" means any hospital licensed as a short-term acute care general or children's hospital by the Department of Public Health, including John Dempsey Hospital of The University of Connecticut Health Center;

      (3) "Fiscal year" means the hospital fiscal year consisting of a twelve-month period commencing on October first and ending the following September thirtieth;

      (4) "Affiliate" means a person, entity or organization controlling, controlled by, or under common control with another person, entity or organization;

      (5) "Uncompensated care" means the total amount of charity care and bad debts determined by using the hospital's published charges and consistent with the hospital's policies regarding charity care and bad debts which are on file at the office;

      (6) "Medical assistance" means (A) the programs for medical assistance provided under the Medicaid program, including the HUSKY Plan, Part A, or (B) any other state-funded medical assistance program, including the HUSKY Plan, Part B;

      (7) "CHAMPUS" or "TriCare" means the federal Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services, as defined in 10 USC 1072(4), as from time to time amended;

      (8) "Primary payer" means the payer responsible for the highest percentage of the charges for a patient's inpatient or outpatient hospital services;

      (9) "Case mix index" means the arithmetic mean of the Medicare diagnosis related group case weights assigned to each inpatient discharge for a specific hospital during a given fiscal year. The case mix index shall be calculated by dividing the hospital's total case mix adjusted discharges by the hospital's actual number of discharges for the fiscal year. The total case mix adjusted discharges shall be calculated by (A) multiplying the number of discharges in each diagnosis-related group by the Medicare weights in effect for that same diagnosis-related group and fiscal year, and (B) then totaling the resulting products for all diagnosis-related groups;

      (10) "Contractual allowances" means the difference between hospital published charges and payments generated by negotiated agreements for a different or discounted rate or method of payment;

      (11) "Medical assistance underpayment" means the amount calculated by dividing the total net revenue by the total gross revenue, and then multiplying the quotient by the total medical assistance charges, and then subtracting medical assistance payments from the product;

      (12) "Other allowances" means the amount of any difference between charges for employee self-insurance and related expenses determined using the hospital's overall relationship of costs to charges;

      (13) "Gross revenue" means the total gross patient charges for all patient services provided by a hospital; and

      (14) "Net revenue" means total gross revenue less contractual allowance, less the difference between government charges and government payments, less uncompensated care and other allowances.

      (P.A. 94-9, S. 26, 41; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 39, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 95, 165; P.A. 02-101, S. 6; P.A. 04-76, S. 29; P.A. 06-64, S. 14; P.A. 07-149, S. 8; P.A. 08-29, S. 1; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 17; P.A. 10-32, S. 76; P.A. 11-44, S. 175.)

      History: P.A. 94-9 effective April 1, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care with Office of Health Care Access and replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995 (Revisor's note: References to Secs. 19a-168k and 19a-168d were changed editorially by the Revisors to Secs. 19a-168j and 19a-168c, respectively, to reflect the repeal of Secs. 19a-168k and 19a-169d by P.A. 95-257); Sec. 19a-170 transferred to Sec. 19a-659 in 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 amended Subdiv. (7) to make technical changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 02-101 amended section by deleting obsolete references and amended Subdiv. (8) by adding "TriCare" to the definition of "CHAMPUS", and amended Subdiv. (14) by adding "and on and after July 1, 2002, any amount of discounts provided to nongovernmental payers pursuant to a written agreement", effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 04-76 amended Subdiv. (7) by deleting reference to "general assistance program" from definition of "medical assistance"; P.A. 06-64 deleted references to repealed Secs. 19a-661, 19a-677 and 19a-679, deleted definitions of "Medicare shortfall", "medical assistance shortfall", "CHAMPUS shortfall", "Medicare underpayment", and "CHAMPUS underpayment" in former Subdivs. (9) to (11), inclusive, (15) and (17), respectively, and renumbered remaining Subdivs., effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 07-149 made technical changes and redefined "hospital", "fiscal year", "base year", "uncompensated care", "medical assistance", "CHAMPUS", "primary payer", "case mix index", "contractual allowances", "medical assistance underpayment", "gross revenue" and "net revenue", effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 08-29 redefined "emergency assistance to families" in Subdiv. (16) and made a technical change, effective April 29, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended prefatory language by adding "unless the context otherwise requires" and redefined "office" in Subdiv. (1) by adding "division of the Department of Public Health", effective October 6, 2009; P.A. 10-32 made a technical change, effective May 10, 2010; P.A. 11-44 amended introductory language by replacing references to statute sections with reference to the chapter, deleted former Subdiv. (4) re definition of "base year", redesignated existing Subdivs. (5) to (15) as Subdivs. (4) to (14), redefined "uncompensated care", "medical assistance" and "net revenue", deleted former Subdiv. (16) re definition of "emergency assistance to families", and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-662. (Formerly Sec. 19a-168j). Cost reduction plan requirement. Regulations. Section 19a-662 is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (Nov. Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-2, S. 13, 27; P.A. 94-9, S. 10, 41; P.A. 95-257, S. 39, 58; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 18; P.A. 11-44, S. 178.)

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      Sec. 19a-669. (Formerly Sec. 19a-169). Determination and information re disproportionate share payments and emergency assistance to families. Section 19a-669 is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 93-44, S. 16, 24; P.A. 94-9, S. 13, 41; P.A. 95-257, S. 39, 58; P.A. 96-165, S. 4, 9; P.A. 02-89, S. 39; 02-101, S. 8; 02-103, S. 29; P.A. 06-64, S. 15; P.A. 07-149, S. 9; P.A. 08-29, S. 2; P.A. 10-179, S. 123; P.A. 11-44, S. 178.)

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      Sec. 19a-670. (Formerly Sec. 19a-169a). Office to report on review and financial stability of hospitals. The office shall, by September first of each year, report the results of the office's review of the hospitals' annual and twelve-month filings under sections 19a-644, 19a-649 and 19a-676 for the previous hospital fiscal year to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health. The report shall include information concerning the financial stability of hospitals in a competitive market.

      (P.A. 94-9, S. 5, 41; P.A. 95-160, S. 57, 69; 95-257, S. 39, 58; 95-306, S. 4, 7; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; 96-165, S. 5, 9; P.A. 97-2, S. 4, 8; P.A. 99-279, S. 27, 45; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-3, S. 3, 6; P.A. 02-89, S. 40; 02-101, S. 9; 02-103, S. 30; P.A. 06-64, S. 16; P.A. 07-149, S. 10; P.A. 08-29, S. 3; P.A. 11-44, S. 176.)

      History: P.A. 94-9 effective April 1, 1994; P.A. 95-160 amended Subsec. (a) to change shall to may re payments to hospitals and added proviso re aggregate to maximize federal match, effective June 1, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care with Office of Health Care Access, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-306 amended Subsec. (b)(3) by requiring the subtraction of payments from a court order entered in a civil action pending on April 1, 1994, in the United States District Court for the district of Connecticut, from the total payments made from the medical assistance disproportionate share-emergency assistance account, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section; P.A. 96-165 amended Subsec. (d) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 1996; Sec. 19a-169a transferred to Sec. 19a-670 in 1997 (Revisor's note: In 1997 when transferring this section the Revisors editorially omitted a reference to repealed section 19a-169d from Subsec. (d)); P.A. 97-2 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that no payment be made to children's general hospitals that are exempt from tax under chapter 211a, effective the later of October 1, 1997, or upon the date of federal approval or federal determination that no approval is required pursuant to Sec. 19a-670a; (Revisor's note: Actual effective date was October 1, 1997); P.A. 99-279 amended Subsec. (a) to exempt John Dempsey Hospital of The University of Connecticut Health Center from the disproportionate share payment system, and amended Subsec. (b)(2) to substitute "determining" for "final settlement of", and added Subsec. (b). (7) and (8) which provide that no retroactive adjustment of disproportionate share payments to hospitals for purposes of final settlement shall be implemented, effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-3 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re short-term general hospitals, making a technical change and deleting provision re increase of rates to resolve civil action pending on April 1, 1994, and added Subsec. (b)(9) and (10) re adjustment to disproportionate share payments and settlement of claims arising out of any incorrect payments to Yale-New Haven Hospital, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 02-89 amended Subsec. (d) to replace reference to Sec. 19a-666 with Sec. 19a-667, reflecting the repeal of Sec. 19a-666 by the same public act; P.A. 02-101 amended Subsec. (d) to make technical changes, effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 02-103 made technical changes in Subsec. (d); P.A. 06-64 amended Subsec. (d) to delete references to repealed Secs. 19a-661, 19a-667, 19a-668, 19a-677 and 19a-679, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 07-149 made technical changes in Subsec. (d); P.A. 08-29 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting reference to emergency assistance to families program and department's authority to make payments to hospitals for emergency assistance to needy families with dependent children, effective April 29, 2008; P.A. 11-44 deleted former Subsec. (a) re payments to short-term general hospital, former Subsec. (b)(1) to (5) and (7) to (10) re audits and amount of payments, former Subsec. (c) re exemptions and former Subsec. (d) re pay out of funds, and amended existing Subsec. (b)(6) by deleting Subdiv. (6) designator, replacing reporting date of June first with reporting date of September first, deleting date for initial report, and replacing "such audit" with "the office's review of the hospitals' annual and twelve-month filings under sections 19a-644, 19a-649 and 19a-676", effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-670a. Application for federal approval by the Department of Social Services. Section 19a-670a is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 97-2, S. 5, 8; P.A. 03-19, S. 49; P.A. 11-44, S. 178.)

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      Secs. 19a-671 (Formerly Sec. 19a-169b) and 19a-671a. Calculation and determination of payments. Adjustment of overpayments for disproportionate share-medical emergency assistance by reducing Medicaid payments. Sections 19a-671 and 19a-671a are repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 94-9, S. 6, 41; P.A. 95-160, S. 51, 69; 95-257, S. 39, 58; 95-306, S. 5, 7; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; 96-165, S. 6, 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-2, S. 26, 53; P.A. 02-89, S. 42; 02-101, S. 11; 02-103, S. 31; P.A. 06-64, S. 17; P.A. 07-149, S. 11; P.A. 11-44, S. 178.)

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      Secs. 19a-672 (Formerly Sec. 19a-169c) and 19a-672a. Use of medical assistance disproportionate share-emergency assistance account funds. Payments when short-term general hospital changes ownership during fiscal year. Sections 19a-672 and 19a-672a are repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 94-9, S. 7, 41; P.A. 96-165, S. 7, 9; P.A. 02-89, S. 43; 02-101, S. 12; 02-103, S. 32; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 55; P.A. 06-64, S. 18; P.A. 07-149, S. 12; P.A. 11-44, S. 178.)

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      Sec. 19a-673. (Formerly Sec. 19a-169e). Collections by hospitals from uninsured patients. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Cost of providing services" means a hospital's published charges at the time of billing, multiplied by the hospital's most recent relationship of costs to charges as taken from the hospital's most recently available annual financial filing with the office.

      (2) "Hospital" means an institution licensed by the Department of Public Health as a short-term general hospital.

      (3) "Poverty income guidelines" means the poverty income guidelines issued from time to time by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

      (4) "Uninsured patient" means any person who is liable for one or more hospital charges whose income is at or below two hundred fifty per cent of the poverty income guidelines who (A) has applied and been denied eligibility for any medical or health care coverage provided under the Medicaid program due to failure to satisfy income or other eligibility requirements, and (B) is not eligible for coverage for hospital services under the Medicare or CHAMPUS programs, or under any Medicaid or health insurance program of any other nation, state, territory or commonwealth, or under any other governmental or privately sponsored health or accident insurance or benefit program including, but not limited to, workers' compensation and awards, settlements or judgments arising from claims, suits or proceedings involving motor vehicle accidents or alleged negligence.

      (b) No hospital that has provided health care services to an uninsured patient may collect from the uninsured patient more than the cost of providing services.

      (c) Each collection agent, as defined in section 19a-509b, engaged in collecting a debt from a patient arising from services provided at a hospital shall provide written notice to such patient as to whether the hospital deems the patient an insured patient or an uninsured patient and the reasons for such determination.

      (P.A. 94-9, S. 36, 41; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 96, 165; P.A. 03-266, S. 5; P.A. 04-76, S. 30; 04-257, S. 39; P.A. 10-179, S. 122; P.A. 11-44, S. 133.)

      History: P.A. 94-9 effective April 1, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; Sec. 19a-169e transferred to Sec. 19a-673 in 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 made technical changes in Subdiv. (4) of Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 03-266 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by deleting "of an uninsured patient" and changing "audited financial statements" to "annual financial filing with the Office of Health Care Access", amended Subsec. (a)(4) by adding "who is liable for one or more hospital charges" and changing income level from 200% to 250%, and added Subsec. (c) re written notice from collection agent; P.A. 04-76 amended Subsec. (a)(4)(A) by replacing reference to "general assistance program" with reference to "state-administered general assistance program"; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 10-179 replaced "Office of Health Care Access" with "office" in Subsec. (a)(1); P.A. 11-44 amended Subsec. (a)(4) to redefine "uninsured patient" by deleting reference to state-administered general assistance program, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 19a-683. Reconciliation account. Section 19a-683 is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 95-160, S. 62, 69; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; P.A. 02-89, S. 44; P.A. 06-64, S. 20; P.A. 11-44, S. 178.)

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