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Substitute Bill No. 5537

    February Session, 2014

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-493b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) As used in this section and subsection (a) of section 19a-490, "outpatient surgical facility" means any entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association, other than a hospital, engaged in providing surgical services or diagnostic procedures for human health conditions that include the use of moderate or deep sedation, moderate or deep analgesia or general anesthesia, as such levels of anesthesia are defined from time to time by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, or by such other professional or accrediting entity recognized by the Department of Public Health. An outpatient surgical facility shall not include a medical office owned and operated exclusively by a person or persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13, provided such medical office: (1) Has no operating room or designated surgical area; (2) bills no facility fees to third party payers; (3) administers no deep sedation or general anesthesia; (4) performs only minor surgical procedures incidental to the work performed in said medical office of the physician or physicians that own and operate such medical office; and (5) uses only light or moderate sedation or analgesia in connection with such incidental minor surgical procedures. [Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to affect any obligation to comply with the provisions of section 19a-691.]

(b) No entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association, other than a hospital, shall individually or jointly establish or operate an outpatient surgical facility in this state without complying with chapter 368z, except as otherwise provided by this section, and obtaining a license within the time specified in this subsection from the Department of Public Health for such facility pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, unless such entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association: (1) Provides to the Office of Health Care Access division of the Department of Public Health satisfactory evidence that it was in operation on or before July 1, 2003, or (2) obtained, on or before July 1, 2003, from the Office of Health Care Access, a determination that a certificate of need is not required. An entity, individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association otherwise in compliance with this section may operate an outpatient surgical facility without a license through March 30, 2007, and shall have until March 30, 2007, to obtain a license from the Department of Public Health.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, no outpatient surgical facility shall be required to comply with section 19a-631, 19a-632, 19a-644, 19a-645, 19a-646, 19a-649, [19a-654 to 19a-660, inclusive,] 19a-664 to 19a-666, inclusive, 19a-673 to 19a-676, inclusive, 19a-678, 19a-681 or 19a-683. Each outpatient surgical facility shall continue to be subject to the obligations and requirements applicable to such facility, including, but not limited to, any applicable provision of this chapter and those provisions of chapter 368z not specified in this subsection, except that a request for permission to undertake a transfer or change of ownership or control shall not be required pursuant to subsection (a) of section 19a-638 if the Office of Health Care Access division of the Department of Public Health determines that the following conditions are satisfied: (1) Prior to any such transfer or change of ownership or control, the outpatient surgical facility shall be owned and controlled exclusively by persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13 or chapter 375, either directly or through a limited liability company, formed pursuant to chapter 613, a corporation, formed pursuant to chapters 601 and 602, or a limited liability partnership, formed pursuant to chapter 614, that is exclusively owned by persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13 or chapter 375, or is under the interim control of an estate executor or conservator pending transfer of an ownership interest or control to a person licensed under section 20-13 or chapter 375, and (2) after any such transfer or change of ownership or control, persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13 or chapter 375, a limited liability company, formed pursuant to chapter 613, a corporation, formed pursuant to chapters 601 and 602, or a limited liability partnership, formed pursuant to chapter 614, that is exclusively owned by persons licensed pursuant to section 20-13 or chapter 375, shall own and control no less than a sixty per cent interest in the outpatient surgical facility.

(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons licensed to practice dentistry or dental medicine pursuant to chapter 379 or to outpatient clinics licensed pursuant to this chapter.

[(e) Any outpatient surgical facility that is accredited as provided in section 19a-691 shall continue to be subject to the requirements of section 19a-691.]

[(f)] (e) The Commissioner of Public Health may provide a waiver for outpatient surgical facilities from the physical plant and staffing requirements of the licensing regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, provided no waiver may be granted unless the health, safety and welfare of patients is ensured.

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 19a-42 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(d) (1) Upon receipt of (A) an acknowledgment of paternity executed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 46b-172, as amended by this act, by both parents of a child born out of wedlock, or (B) a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the paternity of a child born out of wedlock, the commissioner shall include on or amend, as appropriate, such child's birth certificate to show such paternity if paternity is not already shown on such birth certificate and to change the name of the child under eighteen years of age if so indicated on the acknowledgment of paternity form or within the certified court order as part of the paternity action. If a person who is the subject of a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, as described in this subdivision, is eighteen years of age or older, the commissioner shall obtain a notarized affidavit from such person affirming that he or she agrees to the commissioner's amendment of such person's birth certificate as such amendment relates to the acknowledgment of paternity. The commissioner shall amend the birth certificate for an adult child to change his or her name only pursuant to a court order.

(2) If another father is listed on the birth certificate, the commissioner shall not remove or replace the father's information unless presented with a certified court order that meets the requirements specified in section 7-50, or upon the proper filing of a rescission, in accordance with the provisions of section 46b-172, as amended by this act. The commissioner shall thereafter amend such child's birth certificate to remove or change the father's name and to change the name of the child, as requested at the time of the filing of a rescission, in accordance with the provisions of section 46b-172, as amended by this act. Birth certificates amended under this subsection shall not be marked "Amended".

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 46b-172 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) (1) In lieu of or in conclusion of proceedings under section 46b-160, a written acknowledgment of paternity executed and sworn to by the putative father of the child when accompanied by (A) an attested waiver of the right to a blood test, the right to a trial and the right to an attorney, [and] (B) a written affirmation of paternity executed and sworn to by the mother of the child, and (C) if the person subject to the acknowledgment of paternity is an adult eighteen years of age or older, a notarized affidavit affirming consent to the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, shall have the same force and effect as a judgment of the Superior Court. It shall be considered a legal finding of paternity without requiring or permitting judicial ratification, and shall be binding on the person executing the same whether such person is an adult or a minor, subject to subdivision (2) of this subsection. Such acknowledgment shall not be binding unless, prior to the signing of any affirmation or acknowledgment of paternity, the mother and the putative father are given oral and written notice of the alternatives to, the legal consequences of, and the rights and responsibilities that arise from signing such affirmation or acknowledgment. The notice to the mother shall include, but shall not be limited to, notice that the affirmation of paternity may result in rights of custody and visitation, as well as a duty of support, in the person named as father. The notice to the putative father shall include, but not be limited to, notice that such father has the right to contest paternity, including the right to appointment of counsel, a genetic test to determine paternity and a trial by the Superior Court or a family support magistrate and that acknowledgment of paternity will make such father liable for the financial support of the child until the child's eighteenth birthday. In addition, the notice shall inform the mother and the father that DNA testing may be able to establish paternity with a high degree of accuracy and may, under certain circumstances, be available at state expense. The notices shall also explain the right to rescind the acknowledgment, as set forth in subdivision (2) of this subsection, including the address where such notice of rescission should be sent, and shall explain that the acknowledgment cannot be challenged after sixty days, except in court upon a showing of fraud, duress or material mistake of fact.

(2) The mother and the acknowledged father shall have the right to rescind such affirmation or acknowledgment in writing within the earlier of (A) sixty days, or (B) the date of an agreement to support such child approved in accordance with subsection (b) of this section or an order of support for such child entered in a proceeding under subsection (c) of this section. An acknowledgment executed in accordance with subdivision (1) of this subsection may be challenged in court or before a family support magistrate after the rescission period only on the basis of fraud, duress or material mistake of fact which may include evidence that he is not the father, with the burden of proof upon the challenger. During the pendency of any such challenge, any responsibilities arising from such acknowledgment shall continue except for good cause shown.

(3) All written notices, waivers, affirmations and acknowledgments required under subdivision (1) of this subsection, and rescissions authorized under subdivision (2) of this subsection, shall be on forms prescribed by the Department of Public Health, provided such acknowledgment form includes the minimum requirements specified by the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. All acknowledgments and rescissions executed in accordance with this subsection shall be filed in the paternity registry established and maintained by the Department of Public Health under section 19a-42a.

(4) An acknowledgment of paternity signed in any other state according to its procedures shall be given full faith and credit by this state.

Sec. 4. Subsections (b) and (c) of section 19a-7h of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(b) For purposes of this section, "health care provider" means a person who has direct or supervisory responsibility for the delivery of immunization including licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants and nurses. Each health care provider who has provided health care to a child listed in the registry shall report to the commissioner, or [his] the commissioner's designee, sufficient information to identify the child and the name and date of each vaccine dose given to that child or when appropriate, contraindications or exemptions to administration of each vaccine dose. Reports shall be made by such means determined by the commissioner to result in timely reporting. Each health care provider intending to administer vaccines to any child listed on the registry and each parent or guardian of such child shall be provided current information as contained in the registry on the immunization status of the child for the purposes of determining whether additional doses of recommended routine childhood immunizations are needed, or to officially document immunization status to meet state day care or school immunization entry requirements pursuant to sections 10-204a, 19a-79 and 19a-87b and regulations adopted thereunder. Each director of health of any town, city or health district and each school nurse who is required to verify the immunization status for children enrolled in prekindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, at a public or private school in any town, city or school district pursuant to section 10-204a shall be provided with sufficient information on the children who live in his or her jurisdiction and who are listed on the registry to enable determination of which children are overdue for scheduled immunizations and to enable provision of outreach to assist in getting each such child vaccinated.

(c) Except as specified in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, all personal information including vaccination status and dates of vaccination of individuals shall be confidential pursuant to section 19a-25 and shall not be further disclosed without the authorization of the child or the child's legal guardian. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, pursuant to chapter 54, to specify how information on vaccinations or exemptions from vaccination [will be] is reported in a timely manner to the registry, how information on the registry [will be] is made available to health care providers, parents or guardians, [and] directors of health [,] and school nurses, how parents or guardians may decline their child's enrollment in the registry, and to otherwise implement the provisions of this section.

Sec. 5. Section 19a-4j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) There is established, within the Department of Public Health, an Office of [Multicultural Health] Health Equity. The responsibility of the office is to improve the health of all Connecticut residents by [eliminating] working to eliminate differences in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and [cultural populations] other population groups that are known to have adverse health status or outcomes. Such population groups may be based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic position, immigrant status, sexual minority status, language, disability, homelessness, mental illness or geographic area of residence.

(b) The department may apply for, accept and expend such funds as may be available from federal, state or other sources and may enter into contracts to carry out the responsibilities of the office.

(c) The office shall assist the department in its efforts in the following areas:

(1) [With regard to health status: (A)] Monitor the health status of [African Americans; Latinos/Hispanics; Native Americans/Alaskan Natives; and Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders] persons reporting membership in one of the following racial or ethnic groups: Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and persons reporting more than one race;

[(B) compare] (2) Compare the results of the health status monitoring with the health status of persons reporting membership as non-Hispanic [Caucasians/whites; and (C)] Caucasian/white;

[assess] (3) Assess the effectiveness of state programs in eliminating differences in health status;

[(2)] (4) Assess the health education and health resource needs of ethnic, racial and [cultural populations] other population groups listed in subdivision (1) of this subsection; and

[(3)] (5) Maintain a directory of, and [assist in development and promotion of, multicultural and multiethnic] promote culturally and linguistically appropriate health resources in Connecticut.

(d) The office may:

(1) Provide grants for culturally and linguistically appropriate health [education] demonstration projects and may apply for, accept and expend public and private funding for such projects; and

(2) Recommend policies, procedures, activities and resource allocations to improve health among racial, ethnic and [cultural populations in Connecticut] other population groups for which there may be health disparities.

Sec. 6. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2014) (a) No person shall bury the body of any deceased person less than three hundred fifty feet from any residential dwelling unless a public highway intervenes between such place of burial and such dwelling, or unless such body is encased in a burial vault made of concrete or other impermeable material, except (1) in a cemetery established on or before November 1, 1911, (2) in a cemetery that, when established, was more than three hundred fifty feet from any dwelling house, or (3) with the written approval of the Commissioner of Public Health, in a plot of land adjacent to a cemetery, as described in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection that has been made a part of either cemetery. Such written approval shall contain a detailed description of the land adjacent to the cemetery and shall be recorded in the land records of the town in which the cemetery is located.

(b) No person shall bury the body of any deceased person in such a manner that the top of the outside container within which such body is placed is less than two and one-half feet below the surface of the ground, except if such container is made of concrete or other impermeable material, the top of such container shall not be less than one and one-half feet below the surface.

(c) Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars for each day such person is in violation of the provisions of this section.

Sec. 7. Section 19a-561 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) As used in this section, "nursing facility management services" means services provided in a nursing facility to manage the operations of such facility, including the provision of care and services and "nursing facility management services certificate holder" means a person or entity certified by the Department of Public Health to provide nursing facility management services.

(b) No person or entity shall provide nursing facility management services in this state without obtaining a certificate from the Department of Public Health.

(c) Any person or entity seeking a certificate to provide nursing facility management services shall apply to the department, in writing, on a form prescribed by the department. Such application shall include the following:

(1) (A) The name and business address of the applicant and whether the applicant is an individual, partnership, corporation or other legal entity; (B) if the applicant is a partnership, corporation or other legal entity, the names of the officers, directors, trustees, managing and general partners of the applicant, the names of the persons who have a ten per cent or greater beneficial ownership interest in the partnership, corporation or other legal entity, and a description of each such person's relationship to the applicant; (C) if the applicant is a corporation incorporated in another state, a certificate of good standing from the state agency with jurisdiction over corporations in such state; and (D) if the applicant currently provides nursing facility management services in another state, a certificate of good standing from the licensing agency with jurisdiction over public health for each state in which such services are provided;

(2) A description of the applicant's nursing facility management experience;

(3) An affidavit signed by the applicant and any of the persons described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (1) of this subsection disclosing any matter in which the applicant or such person (A) has been convicted of an offense classified as a felony under section 53a-25 or pleaded nolo contendere to a felony charge, or (B) has been held liable or enjoined in a civil action by final judgment, if the felony or civil action involved fraud, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion or misappropriation of property, or (C) is subject to a currently effective injunction or restrictive or remedial order of a court of record at the time of application, or (D) within the past five years has had any state or federal license or permit suspended or revoked as a result of an action brought by a governmental agency or department, arising out of or relating to business activity or health care, including, but not limited to, actions affecting the operation of a nursing facility, residential care home or any facility subject to sections 17b-520 to 17b-535, inclusive, or a similar statute in another state or country; and

(4) The location and description of any nursing facility in this state or another state in which the applicant currently provides management services or has provided such services within the past five years.

(d) In addition to the information provided pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the department may reasonably request to review the applicant's audited and certified financial statements, which shall remain the property of the applicant when used for either initial or renewal certification under this section.

(e) Each application for a certificate to provide nursing facility management services shall be accompanied by an application fee of three hundred dollars. The certificate shall list each location at which nursing facility management services may be provided by the holder of the certificate.

(f) The department shall base its decision on whether to issue or renew a certificate on the information presented to the department and on the compliance status of the managed entities. The department may deny certification to any applicant for the provision of nursing facility management services (1) at any specific facility or facilities where there has been a substantial failure to comply with the Public Health Code, or (2) if the applicant fails to provide the information required under subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of this section.

(g) Renewal applications shall be made biennially after (1) submission of the information required by subsection (c) of this section and any other information required by the department pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, and (2) submission of evidence satisfactory to the department that any nursing facility at which the applicant provides nursing facility management services is in substantial compliance with the provisions of this chapter, the Public Health Code and licensing regulations, and (3) payment of a three-hundred-dollar fee.

(h) In any case in which the Commissioner of Public Health finds that there has been a substantial failure to comply with the requirements established under this section, the commissioner may initiate disciplinary action against a nursing facility management services certificate holder pursuant to section 19a-494.

(i) The department may limit or restrict the provision of management services by any nursing facility management services certificate holder against whom disciplinary action has been initiated under subsection (h) of this section.

(j) The department, in implementing the provisions of this section, may conduct any inquiry or investigation, in accordance with the provisions of section 19a-498, regarding an applicant or certificate holder.

(k) Each nursing facility management service certificate holder shall work to maintain the nursing facility's five-star quality rating given by the federal Department of Health and Human Services under the Medicare program. Not later than thirty days after any decline in such rating by two stars or more, the nursing facility management service certificate holder shall submit to the commissioner a written plan to improve such rating. Such plan shall include, but need not be limited to: (1) An assessment of patient acuity; (2) a description of the nursing facility management service certificate holder's plan to increase the staffing hours of registered nurses at the nursing facility; (3) a description of staff retraining; and (4) a description of interventions to improve quality measures that are below the state average.

[(k)] (l) Any person or entity providing nursing facility management services without the certificate required under this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars for each day that the services are provided without such certificate.

Sec. 8. Subsection (d) of section 19a-110 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(d) The director of health of the town, city or borough shall provide or cause to be provided, to the parent or guardian of a child [reported,] who is known to have a confirmed venous blood lead level of five micrograms per deciliter or more or who is reported, by an institution or clinical laboratory pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, with information describing the dangers of lead poisoning, precautions to reduce the risk of lead poisoning, information about potential eligibility for services for children from birth to three years of age pursuant to sections 17a-248 to 17a-248g, inclusive, and laws and regulations concerning lead abatement after receiving an initial report of an abnormal body burden of lead in the blood of such child as described in this subsection. Said information shall be developed by the Department of Public Health and provided to each local and district director of health. With respect to the child reported, the director shall conduct an on-site inspection to identify the source of the lead causing a confirmed venous blood lead level equal to or greater than fifteen micrograms per deciliter but less than twenty micrograms per deciliter in two tests taken at least three months apart and order remediation of such sources by the appropriate persons responsible for the conditions at such source. [On and after January 1, 2012, if] If one per cent or more of children in this state under the age of six report blood lead levels equal to or greater than ten micrograms per deciliter, the director shall conduct such on-site inspection and order such remediation for any child having a confirmed venous blood lead level equal to or greater than ten micrograms per deciliter in two tests taken at least three months apart.

Sec. 9. Section 19a-111 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

Upon receipt of each report of confirmed venous blood lead level equal to or greater than twenty micrograms per deciliter of blood, the local director of health shall make or cause to be made an epidemiological investigation of the source of the lead causing the increased lead level or abnormal body burden and shall order action to be taken by the appropriate person [or persons] responsible for the condition [or conditions which] that brought about such lead poisoning as may be necessary to prevent further exposure of persons to such poisoning. In the case of any residential unit where such action will not result in removal of the hazard within a reasonable time, the local director of health shall utilize such community resources as are available to effect relocation of any family occupying such unit. The local director of health may permit occupancy in said residential unit during abatement if, in [his] such director's judgment, occupancy would not threaten the health and well-being of the occupants. The local director of health shall, [within thirty days of] not later than thirty days after the conclusion of [his] such director's investigation, report to the Commissioner of Public Health the result of such investigation and the action taken to [insure] ensure against further lead poisoning from the same source, including any measures taken to effect relocation of families. Such report shall include information relevant to the identification and location of the source of lead poisoning and such other information as the commissioner may require pursuant to regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. The commissioner shall maintain comprehensive records of all reports submitted pursuant to this section and section 19a-110, as amended by this act. Such records shall be geographically indexed in order to determine the location of areas of relatively high incidence of lead poisoning. [The commissioner shall prepare a quarterly summary of such records which he shall keep on file and release upon request.] The commissioner shall establish, in conjunction with recognized professional medical groups, guidelines consistent with the National Centers for Disease Control for assessment of the risk of lead poisoning, screening for lead poisoning and treatment and follow-up care of individuals including children with lead poisoning, women who are pregnant and women who are planning pregnancy. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a local building official from requiring abatement of sources of lead.

Sec. 10. Section 19a-111g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Each primary care provider giving pediatric care in this state, excluding a hospital emergency department and its staff: (1) Shall conduct lead [screening] testing at least annually for each child nine to thirty-five months of age, inclusive, in accordance with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Screening Advisory Committee recommendations for childhood lead screening in Connecticut; (2) shall conduct lead [screening] testing for any child thirty-six to seventy-two months of age, inclusive, who has not been previously [screened] tested or for any child under seventy-two months of age, if clinically indicated as determined by the primary care provider in accordance with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Screening Advisory Committee recommendations for childhood lead screening in Connecticut; (3) shall provide, at the time such lead testing occurs, educational materials or anticipatory guidance information concerning lead poisoning prevention to such child's parent or guardian in accordance with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Screening Advisory Committee recommendations for childhood lead screening in Connecticut; (4) shall conduct a medical risk assessment at least annually for each child thirty-six to [seventy-one] seventy-two months of age, inclusive, in accordance with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Screening Advisory Committee recommendations for childhood lead screening in Connecticut; [(4)] and (5) may conduct a medical risk assessment at any time for any child thirty-six months of age or younger who is determined by the primary care provider to be in need of such risk assessment in accordance with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Screening Advisory Committee recommendations for childhood lead screening in Connecticut.

(b) The requirements of this section do not apply to any child whose parents or guardians object to blood testing as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practice.

Sec. 11. Section 19a-522b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) A chronic and convalescent nursing home or a rest home with nursing supervision shall preserve all patient medical records, irrespective of whether such records are in a printed or electronic format, for not less than seven years following the date of the patient's discharge from such facility or, in the case of a patient who dies at the facility, for not less than seven years following the date of death. A chronic and convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision may maintain all or any portion of a patient's medical record in an electronic format that complies with accepted professional standards for such medical records. [In accordance with section 19a-36, the] The Commissioner of Public Health shall [amend the Public Health Code in conformity with] adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this [section] subsection.

(b) A chronic or convalescent nursing home or a rest home with nursing supervision may use electronic signatures for patient medical records, provided such chronic or convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision has written policies in place to maintain the privacy and security of such electronic signatures.

Sec. 12. Section 19a-181 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Each ambulance, [or rescue vehicle used by an ambulance or rescue service] invalid coach and intermediate or paramedic intercept vehicle used by an emergency medical service organization shall be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to chapter 246. [Said] The Department of Motor Vehicles shall not issue a certificate of registration for any such ambulance, [or rescue vehicle] invalid coach or intermediate or paramedic intercept vehicle unless the applicant for such certificate of registration presents to said department a safety certificate from the Commissioner of Public Health certifying that said ambulance, [or rescue vehicle] invalid coach and intermediate or paramedic intercept vehicle has been inspected and has met the minimum standards prescribed by the [commissioner] Commissioner of Public Health. Each vehicle so registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles shall be inspected once every two years thereafter [by the Commissioner of Public Health] on or before the anniversary date of the issuance of the certificate of registration. [Each] Such inspection shall be conducted (1) in accordance with 49 CFR 396.17, as amended from time to time, and (2) by a person (A) qualified to perform such inspection in accordance with 49 CFR 396.19 and 49 CFR 396.25, as amended from time to time, and (B) employed by the state or a municipality of the state or licensed in accordance with section 14-52. A record of each inspection shall be made in accordance with section 49 CFR 396.21, as amended from time to time. Each such inspector, upon determining that such ambulance, [or rescue vehicle] invalid coach or intermediate or paramedic intercept vehicle meets the standards of safety and equipment prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Health, shall affix a safety certificate to such vehicle in such manner and form as [the] said commissioner designates, and such sticker shall be so placed as to be readily visible to any person in the rear compartment of such vehicle.

(b) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall suspend or revoke the certificate of registration of any vehicle inspected under the provisions of this section upon certification from the Commissioner of Public Health that such ambulance or rescue vehicle has failed to meet the minimum standards prescribed by said commissioner.

Sec. 13. Subsection (e) of section 25-32 of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(e) The commissioner shall not grant a permit for the sale, lease, assignment or change in use of any land in class II unless (1) [the land in class II is being sold, leased or assigned as part of a larger parcel of land also containing land in class III and] use restrictions applicable to [the] such land [in class II] will prevent the land [in class II] from being developed, (2) the applicant demonstrates that the proposed sale, lease, assignment or change in use will not have a significant adverse impact upon the purity and adequacy of the public drinking water supply and that any use restrictions which the commissioner requires as a condition of granting a permit can be enforced against subsequent owners, lessees and assignees, (3) the commissioner determines, after giving effect to any use restrictions which may be required as a condition of granting the permit, that such proposed sale, lease, assignment or change in use will not have a significant adverse effect on the public drinking water supply, whether or not similar permits have been granted, and (4) on or after January 1, 2003, as a condition to the sale, lease or assignment of any class II lands, a permanent conservation easement on the land is entered into to preserve the land in perpetuity predominantly in its natural scenic and open condition for the protection of natural resources and public water supplies while allowing for recreation consistent with such protection and improvements necessary for the protection or provision of safe and adequate potable water, except in cases where the class II land is deemed necessary to provide access or egress to a parcel of class III land, as defined in section 25-37c, that is approved for sale. Preservation in perpetuity shall not include permission for the land to be developed for any commercial, residential or industrial uses, nor shall it include permission for recreational purposes requiring intense development, including, but not limited to, golf courses, driving ranges, tennis courts, ballfields, swimming pools and uses by motorized vehicles other than vehicles needed by water companies to carry out their purposes, provided trails or pathways for pedestrians, motorized wheelchairs or nonmotorized vehicles shall not be considered intense development.

Sec. 14. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2014) Each chronic and convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision shall complete a comprehensive medical history and medical examination for each patient upon the patient's admission and annually thereafter. The Commissioner of Public Health shall prescribe the medical examination requirements, including tests and procedures to be performed, in regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes. A urinalysis, including protein and glucose qualitative determination and microscopic examination, shall not be required as part of such facility's post-admission tests.

Sec. 15. Section 19a-494a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

If the Commissioner of Public Health finds that the health, safety or welfare of any patient or patients served by an institution, as defined in [subsections (d) and (e) of] section 19a-490, imperatively requires emergency action and [he] the commissioner incorporates a finding to that effect in [his] an order, [he] the commissioner may issue a summary order to the holder of a license issued pursuant to section 19a-493 pending completion of any proceedings conducted pursuant to section 19a-494. These proceedings shall be promptly instituted and determined. The orders [which] that the commissioner may issue shall include, but not be limited to: (1) Revoking or suspending the license; (2) prohibiting such institution from contracting with new patients or terminating its relationship with current patients; (3) limiting the license of such institution in any respect, including reducing the patient capacity or services which may be provided by such institution; and (4) compelling compliance with the applicable statutes or regulations of the department.

Sec. 16. Subsection (c) of section 19a-495 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(c) The commissioner may waive any provisions of the regulations affecting [the physical plant requirements of residential care homes] an institution, as defined in section 19a-490, if the commissioner determines that such waiver would not endanger the health, safety or welfare of any patient or resident. The commissioner may impose conditions, upon granting the waiver, that assure the health, safety and welfare of patients or residents, and may revoke the waiver upon a finding that the health, safety or welfare of any patient or resident has been jeopardized. The commissioner shall not grant a waiver that would result in a violation of the Fire Safety Code or State Building Code. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, establishing procedures for an application for a waiver pursuant to this subsection.

Sec. 17. Section 19a-175 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Emergency medical service system" means a system which provides for the arrangement of personnel, facilities and equipment for the efficient, effective and coordinated delivery of health care services under emergency conditions;

(2) "Patient" means an injured, ill, crippled or physically handicapped person requiring assistance and transportation;

(3) "Ambulance" means a motor vehicle specifically designed to carry patients;

(4) "Ambulance service" means an organization which transports patients;

(5) "Emergency medical technician" means [an individual] a person who [has successfully completed the training requirements established by the commissioner and has been certified by the Department of Public Health] is certified pursuant to chapter 368d;

(6) "Ambulance driver" means a person whose primary function is driving an ambulance;

(7) "Emergency medical services instructor" means a person who is certified [by the Department of Public Health to teach courses, the completion of which is required in order to become an emergency medical technician] pursuant to chapter 368d;

(8) "Communications facility" means any facility housing the personnel and equipment for handling the emergency communications needs of a particular geographic area;

(9) "Life saving equipment" means equipment used by emergency medical personnel for the stabilization and treatment of patients;

(10) "Emergency medical service organization" means any organization whether public, private or voluntary [which] that offers transportation or treatment services to patients primarily under emergency conditions;

(11) "Invalid coach" means a vehicle used exclusively for the transportation of nonambulatory patients, who are not confined to stretchers, to or from either a medical facility or the patient's home in nonemergency situations or utilized in emergency situations as a backup vehicle when insufficient emergency vehicles exist;

(12) "Rescue service" means any organization, whether [profit] for-profit or nonprofit, whose primary purpose is to search for persons who have become lost or to render emergency service to persons who are in dangerous or perilous circumstances;

(13) "Provider" means any person, corporation or organization, whether profit or nonprofit, whose primary purpose is to deliver medical care or services, including such related medical care services as ambulance transportation;

(14) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health;

(15) "Paramedic" means a person licensed pursuant to section 20-206ll;

(16) "Commercial ambulance service" means an ambulance service which primarily operates for profit;

(17) "Licensed ambulance service" means a commercial ambulance service or a volunteer or municipal ambulance service issued a license by the commissioner;

(18) "Certified ambulance service" means a municipal, [or] volunteer or nonprofit ambulance service issued a certificate by the commissioner;

[(19) "Management service" means an employment organization that does not own or lease ambulances or other emergency medical vehicles and that provides emergency medical technicians or paramedics to an emergency medical service organization;]

[(20)] (19) "Automatic external defibrillator" means a device that: (A) Is used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart; (B) contains internal decision-making electronics, microcomputers or special software that allows it to interpret physiologic signals, make medical diagnosis and, if necessary, apply therapy; (C) guides the user through the process of using the device by audible or visual prompts; and (D) does not require the user to employ any discretion or judgment in its use;

[(21)] (20) "Mutual aid call" means a call for emergency medical services that, pursuant to the terms of a written agreement, is responded to by a secondary or alternate emergency medical services provider if the primary or designated emergency medical services provider is unable to respond because such primary or designated provider is responding to another call for emergency medical services or the ambulance or nontransport emergency vehicle operated by such primary or designated provider is out of service. For purposes of this subdivision, "nontransport emergency vehicle" means a vehicle used by emergency medical technicians or paramedics in responding to emergency calls that is not used to carry patients;

[(22)] (21) "Municipality" means the legislative body of a municipality or the board of selectmen in the case of a municipality in which the legislative body is a town meeting;

[(23)] (22) "Primary service area" means a specific geographic area to which one designated emergency medical services provider is assigned for each category of emergency medical response services;

[(24)] (23) "Primary service area responder" means an emergency medical services provider who is designated to respond to a victim of sudden illness or injury in a primary service area;

[(25)] (24) "Interfacility critical care transport" means the interfacility transport of a patient between licensed [hospitals] health care institutions;

[(26)] (25) "Advanced emergency medical technician" means an individual who is certified as an advanced emergency medical technician by the Department of Public Health;

[(27)] (26) "Emergency medical responder" means an individual who is [certified as an emergency medical responder by the Department of Public Health] certified pursuant to this chapter;

[(28)] (27) "Medical oversight" means the active surveillance by physicians of [mobile intensive care] the provision of emergency medical services sufficient for the assessment of overall emergency medical service practice levels, as defined by state-wide protocols;

[(29) "Mobile intensive care" means prehospital care involving invasive or definitive skills, equipment, procedures and other therapies;]

[(30)] (28) "Office of Emergency Medical Services" means the office established within the Department of Public Health [Services] pursuant to section 19a-178; [and]

[(31)] (29) "Sponsor hospital" means a hospital that has agreed to maintain staff for the provision of medical oversight, supervision and direction to an emergency medical service organization and its personnel and has been approved for such activity by the [Office of Emergency Medical Services.] Department of Public Health; and

(30) "Paramedic intercept service" means paramedic treatment services provided by an entity that does not provide the ground ambulance transport.

Sec. 18. Section 19a-177 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

The commissioner shall:

(1) With the advice of the Office of Emergency Medical Services established pursuant to section 19a-178 and of an advisory committee on emergency medical services and with the benefit of meetings held pursuant to subsection (b) of section 19a-184, adopt every five years a state-wide plan for the coordinated delivery of emergency medical services;

(2) License or certify the following: (A) Ambulance operations, ambulance drivers, emergency medical technicians and communications personnel; (B) emergency room facilities and communications facilities; and (C) transportation equipment, including land, sea and air vehicles used for transportation of patients to emergency facilities and periodically inspect life saving equipment, emergency facilities and emergency transportation vehicles to insure that state standards are maintained;

(3) Annually inventory emergency medical services resources within the state, including facilities, equipment, and personnel, for the purposes of determining the need for additional services and the effectiveness of existing services;

(4) Review and evaluate all area-wide plans developed by the emergency medical services councils pursuant to section 19a-182 in order to insure conformity with standards issued by the commissioner;

(5) Within thirty days of their receipt, review all grant and contract applications for federal or state funds concerning emergency medical services or related activities for conformity to policy guidelines and forward such application to the appropriate agency, when required;

(6) Establish such minimum standards and adopt such regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as may be necessary to develop the following components of an emergency medical service system: (A) Communications, which shall include, but not be limited to, equipment, radio frequencies and operational procedures; (B) transportation services, which shall include, but not be limited to, vehicle type, design, condition and maintenance, and operational procedure; (C) training, which shall include, but not be limited to, emergency medical technicians, communications personnel, paraprofessionals associated with emergency medical services, firefighters and state and local police; and (D) emergency medical service facilities, which shall include, but not be limited to, categorization of emergency departments as to their treatment capabilities and ancillary services;

(7) Coordinate training of all personnel related to emergency medical services;

(8) (A) Not later than October 1, 2001, develop or cause to be developed a data collection system that will follow a patient from initial entry into the emergency medical service system through arrival at the emergency room and, within available appropriations, may expand the data collection system to include clinical treatment and patient outcome data. The commissioner shall, on a quarterly basis, collect the following information from each licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service that provides emergency medical services: (i) The total number of calls for emergency medical services received by such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service through the 9-1-1 system during the reporting period; (ii) each level of emergency medical services, as defined in regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-179, required for each such call; (iii) the response time for each licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service during the reporting period; (iv) the number of passed calls, cancelled calls and mutual aid calls during the reporting period; and (v) for the reporting period, the prehospital data for the nonscheduled transport of patients required by regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (6) of this section. The information required under this subdivision may be submitted in any written or electronic form selected by such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service and approved by the commissioner, provided the commissioner shall take into consideration the needs of such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service, or paramedic intercept service in approving such written or electronic form. The commissioner may conduct an audit of any such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service as the commissioner deems necessary in order to verify the accuracy of such reported information.

(B) The commissioner shall prepare a report to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, established pursuant to section 19a-178a, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following information: (i) The total number of calls for emergency medical services received during the reporting year by each licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service; (ii) the level of emergency medical services required for each such call; (iii) the name of the provider of each such level of emergency medical services furnished during the reporting year; (iv) the response time, by time ranges or fractile response times, for each licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service, using a common definition of response time, as provided in regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-179; and (v) the number of passed calls, cancelled calls and mutual aid calls during the reporting year. The commissioner shall prepare such report in a format that categorizes such information for each municipality in which the emergency medical services were provided, with each such municipality grouped according to urban, suburban and rural classifications.

(C) If any licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service does not submit the information required under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision for a period of six consecutive months, or if the commissioner believes that such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service knowingly or intentionally submitted incomplete or false information, the commissioner shall issue a written order directing such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service, or paramedic intercept service to comply with the provisions of subparagraph (A) of this subdivision and submit all missing information or such corrected information as the commissioner may require. If such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service fails to fully comply with such order not later than three months from the date such order is issued, the commissioner (i) shall conduct a hearing, in accordance with chapter 54, at which such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service shall be required to show cause why the primary service area assignment of such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service should not be revoked, and (ii) may take such disciplinary action under section 19a-17 as the commissioner deems appropriate.

(D) The commissioner shall collect the information required by subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, in the manner provided in said subparagraph, from each person or emergency medical service organization licensed or certified under section 19a-180 that provides emergency medical services;

(9) (A) Establish rates for the conveyance and treatment of patients by licensed ambulance services and invalid coaches and establish emergency service rates for certified ambulance services and paramedic intercept services, provided (i) the present rates established for such services and vehicles shall remain in effect until such time as the commissioner establishes a new rate schedule as provided in this subdivision, and (ii) any rate increase not in excess of the Medical Care Services Consumer Price Index, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, for the prior year, filed in accordance with subparagraph (B)(iii) of this subdivision shall be deemed approved by the commissioner. For purposes of this subdivision, licensed ambulance service shall not include emergency air transport services.

(B) Adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing methods for setting rates and conditions for charging such rates. Such regulations shall include, but not be limited to, provisions requiring that on and after July 1, 2000: (i) Requests for rate increases may be filed no more frequently than once a year, except that, in any case where an agency's schedule of maximum allowable rates falls below that of the Medicare allowable rates for that agency, the commissioner shall immediately amend such schedule so that the rates are at or above the Medicare allowable rates; (ii) only licensed ambulance services, [and] certified ambulance services and paramedic intercept services that apply for a rate increase in excess of the Medical Care Services Consumer Price Index, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, for the prior year, and do not accept the maximum allowable rates contained in any voluntary state-wide rate schedule established by the commissioner for the rate application year shall be required to file detailed financial information with the commissioner, provided any hearing that the commissioner may hold concerning such application shall be conducted as a contested case in accordance with chapter 54; (iii) licensed ambulance services, [and] certified ambulance services and paramedic intercept services that do not apply for a rate increase in any year in excess of the Medical Care Services Consumer Price Index, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, for the prior year, or that accept the maximum allowable rates contained in any voluntary state-wide rate schedule established by the commissioner for the rate application year shall, not later than July fifteenth of such year, file with the commissioner a statement of emergency and nonemergency call volume, and, in the case of a licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service that is not applying for a rate increase, a written declaration by such licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service that no change in its currently approved maximum allowable rates will occur for the rate application year; and (iv) detailed financial and operational information filed by licensed ambulance services, [and] certified ambulance services and paramedic intercept services to support a request for a rate increase in excess of the Medical Care Services Consumer Price Index, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, for the prior year, shall cover the time period pertaining to the most recently completed fiscal year and the rate application year of the licensed ambulance service, [or] certified ambulance service or paramedic intercept service.

(C) Establish rates for licensed ambulance services, [and] certified ambulance services or paramedic intercept services for the following services and conditions: (i) "Advanced life support assessment" and "specialty care transports", which terms shall have the meaning provided in 42 CFR 414.605; and (ii) intramunicipality mileage, which means mileage for an ambulance transport when the point of origin and final destination for a transport is within the boundaries of the same municipality. The rates established by the commissioner for each such service or condition shall be equal to (I) the ambulance service's base rate plus its established advanced life support/paramedic surcharge when advanced life support assessment services are performed; (II) two hundred twenty-five per cent of the ambulance service's established base rate for specialty care transports; and (III) "loaded mileage", as the term is defined in 42 CFR 414.605, multiplied by the ambulance service's established rate for intramunicipality mileage. Such rates shall remain in effect until such time as the commissioner establishes a new rate schedule as provided in this subdivision;

(10) Research, develop, track and report on appropriate quantifiable outcome measures for the state's emergency medical services system and submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on or before July 1, 2002, and annually thereafter, a report on the progress toward the development of such outcome measures and, after such outcome measures are developed, an analysis of emergency medical services system outcomes;

(11) Establish primary service areas and assign in writing a primary service area responder for each primary service area;

(12) Revoke primary services area assignments upon determination by the commissioner that it is in the best interests of patient care to do so; and

(13) Annually issue a list of minimum equipment requirements for ambulances and rescue vehicles based upon current national standards. The commissioner shall distribute such list to all emergency medical services organizations and sponsor hospital medical directors and make such list available to other interested stakeholders. Emergency medical services organizations shall have one year from the date of issuance of such list to comply with the minimum equipment requirements.

Sec. 19. Section 19a-180 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) No person shall operate any ambulance service, paramedic intercept service or rescue service [or management service] without either a license or a certificate issued by the commissioner. No person shall operate a commercial ambulance service or commercial rescue service [or a management service] without a license issued by the commissioner. A certificate shall be issued to any volunteer or municipal ambulance service [which] or any ambulance service or paramedic intercept service that is operated and maintained by a state agency and that shows proof satisfactory to the commissioner that it meets the minimum standards of the commissioner in the areas of training, equipment and personnel. No license or certificate shall be issued to any volunteer, municipal or commercial ambulance service, paramedic intercept service or rescue service or [management service, as defined in subdivision (19) of section 19a-175] any ambulance service or paramedic intercept service that is operated and maintained by a state agency, unless it meets the requirements of subsection (e) of section 14-100a. Applicants for a license shall use the forms prescribed by the commissioner and shall submit such application to the commissioner accompanied by an annual fee of two hundred dollars. In considering requests for approval of permits for new or expanded emergency medical services in any region, the commissioner shall consult with the Office of Emergency Medical Services and the emergency medical services council of such region and shall hold a public hearing to determine the necessity for such services. Written notice of such hearing shall be given to current providers in the geographic region where such new or expanded services would be implemented, provided, any volunteer ambulance service which elects not to levy charges for services rendered under this chapter shall be exempt from the provisions concerning requests for approval of permits for new or expanded emergency medical services set forth in this subsection. A primary service area responder that operates in the service area identified in the application shall, upon request, be granted intervenor status with opportunity for cross-examination. Each applicant for licensure shall furnish proof of financial responsibility which the commissioner deems sufficient to satisfy any claim. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to establish satisfactory kinds of coverage and limits of insurance for each applicant for either licensure or certification. Until such regulations are adopted, the following shall be the required limits for licensure: (1) For damages by reason of personal injury to, or the death of, one person on account of any accident, at least five hundred thousand dollars, and more than one person on account of any accident, at least one million dollars, (2) for damage to property at least fifty thousand dollars, and (3) for malpractice in the care of one passenger at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars, and for more than one passenger at least five hundred thousand dollars. In lieu of the limits set forth in subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection, a single limit of liability shall be allowed as follows: (A) For damages by reason of personal injury to, or death of, one or more persons and damage to property, at least one million dollars; and (B) for malpractice in the care of one or more passengers, at least five hundred thousand dollars. A certificate of such proof shall be filed with the commissioner. Upon determination by the commissioner that an applicant is financially responsible, properly certified and otherwise qualified to operate a commercial ambulance service, paramedic intercept service or rescue service, [or management service,] the commissioner shall issue the appropriate license effective for one year to such applicant. If the commissioner determines that an applicant for either a certificate or license is not so qualified, the commissioner shall notify such applicant of the denial of the application with a statement of the reasons for such denial. Such applicant shall have thirty days to request a hearing on the denial of the application.

(b) Any person [, management service organization] or emergency medical service organization [which] that does not maintain standards or violates regulations adopted under any section of this chapter applicable to such person or organization may have such person's or organization's license or certification suspended or revoked or may be subject to any other disciplinary action specified in section 19a-17 after notice by certified mail to such person or organization of the facts or conduct [which] that warrant the intended action. Such person or emergency medical service organization shall have an opportunity to show compliance with all requirements for the retention of such certificate or license. In the conduct of any investigation by the commissioner of alleged violations of the standards or regulations adopted under the provisions of this chapter, the commissioner may issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses and the production by any medical service organization or person of reports, records, tapes or other documents [which] that concern the allegations under investigation. All records obtained by the commissioner in connection with any such investigation shall not be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 for a period of six months from the date of the petition or other event initiating such investigation, or until such time as the investigation is terminated pursuant to a withdrawal or other informal disposition or until a hearing is convened pursuant to chapter 54, whichever is earlier. A complaint, as defined in subdivision (6) of section 19a-13, shall be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 from the time that it is served or mailed to the respondent. Records [which] that are otherwise public records shall not be deemed confidential merely because they have been obtained in connection with an investigation under this chapter.

(c) Any person [, management service organization] or emergency medical service organization aggrieved by an act or decision of the commissioner regarding certification or licensure may appeal in the manner provided by chapter 54.

(d) Any person who commits any of the following acts shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor: (1) In any application to the commissioner or in any proceeding before or investigation made by the commissioner, knowingly making any false statement or representation, or, with knowledge of its falsity, filing or causing to be filed any false statement or representation in a required application or statement; (2) issuing, circulating or publishing or causing to be issued, circulated or published any form of advertisement or circular for the purpose of soliciting business which contains any statement that is false or misleading, or otherwise likely to deceive a reader thereof, with knowledge that it contains such false, misleading or deceptive statement; (3) giving or offering to give anything of value to any person for the purpose of promoting or securing ambulance or rescue service business or obtaining favors relating thereto; (4) administering or causing to be administered, while serving in the capacity of an employee of any licensed ambulance or rescue service, any alcoholic liquor to any patient in such employee's care, except under the supervision and direction of a licensed physician; (5) in any respect wilfully violating or failing to comply with any provision of this chapter or wilfully violating, failing, omitting or neglecting to obey or comply with any regulation, order, decision or license, or any part or provisions thereof; or (6) with one or more other persons, conspiring to violate any license or order issued by the commissioner or any provision of this chapter.

(e) No person shall place any advertisement or produce any printed matter that holds that person out to be an ambulance service unless such person is licensed or certified pursuant to this section. Any such advertisement or printed matter shall include the license or certificate number issued by the commissioner.

(f) Each licensed or certified [ambulance service shall] emergency medical service organization shall: (1) Ensure that its emergency medical personnel, whether such personnel are employees or contracted through an employment agency or personnel pool, are appropriately licensed or certified by the Department of Public Health to perform their job duties and that such licenses or certifications remain valid; (2) ensure that any employment agency or personnel pool, from which the emergency medical service organization obtains personnel meets the required general liability and professional liability insurance limits described in subsection (a) of this section and that all persons performing work or volunteering for the medical service organization are covered by such insurance; and (3) secure and maintain medical oversight, as defined in section 19a-175, as amended by this act, by a sponsor hospital, as defined in section 19a-175, as amended by this act. [for all its emergency medical personnel, whether such personnel are employed by the ambulance service or a management service.]

(g) Each applicant whose request for new or expanded emergency medical services is approved shall, not later than six months after the date of such approval, acquire the necessary resources, equipment and other material necessary to comply with the terms of the approval and operate in the service area identified in the application. If the applicant fails to do so, the approval for new or expanded medical services shall be void and the commissioner shall rescind the approval.

(h) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, any volunteer, hospital-based or municipal ambulance service or any ambulance service or paramedic intercept service operated and maintained by a state agency that is licensed or certified and is a primary service area responder may apply to the commissioner to add one emergency vehicle to its existing fleet every three years, on a short form application prescribed by the commissioner. No such volunteer, hospital-based or municipal ambulance service or any ambulance service or paramedic intercept service operated and maintained by a state agency may add more than one emergency vehicle to its existing fleet pursuant to this subsection regardless of the number of municipalities served by such volunteer, hospital-based or municipal ambulance service. Upon making such application, the applicant shall notify in writing all other primary service area responders in any municipality or abutting municipality in which the applicant proposes to add the additional emergency vehicle. Except in the case where a primary service area responder entitled to receive notification of such application objects, in writing, to the commissioner not later than fifteen calendar days after receiving such notice, the application shall be deemed approved thirty calendar days after filing. If any such primary service area responder files an objection with the commissioner within the fifteen-calendar-day time period and requests a hearing, the applicant shall be required to demonstrate need at a public hearing as required under subsection (a) of this section.

(i) The commissioner shall develop a short form application for primary service area responders seeking to add an emergency vehicle to their existing fleets pursuant to subsection (h) of this section. The application shall require an applicant to provide such information as the commissioner deems necessary, including, but not limited to, (1) the applicant's name and address, (2) the primary service area where the additional vehicle is proposed to be used, (3) an explanation as to why the additional vehicle is necessary and its proposed use, (4) proof of insurance, (5) a list of the providers to whom notice was sent pursuant to subsection (h) of this section and proof of such notification, and (6) total call volume, response time and calls passed within the primary service area for the one-year period preceding the date of the application.

(j) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section any ambulance service or paramedic intercept service operated and maintained by a state agency on or before October 1, 2014, that notifies the Department of Public Health's Office of Emergency Medical Services, in writing, of such operation and attests to the ambulance service or paramedic intercept service being in compliance with all statutes and regulations concerning such operation (1) shall be deemed certified by the Commissioner of Public Health, or (2) shall be deemed licensed by the Commissioner of Public Health if such ambulance service or paramedic intercept service levies charges for emergency and nonemergency services.

Sec. 20. Section 19a-179 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

[(a)] The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, concerning [(1) the methods and conditions for the issuance, renewal and reinstatement of licensure and certification or recertification of emergency medical service personnel, (2)] (1) the methods and conditions for licensure and certification of the operations, facilities and equipment enumerated in section 19a-177, as amended by this act, and [(3)] (2) complaint procedures for the public and any emergency medical service organization. Such regulations shall be in conformity with the policies and standards established by the commissioner. Such regulations shall require that, as an express condition of the purchase of any business holding a primary service area, the purchaser shall agree to abide by any performance standards to which the purchased business was obligated pursuant to its agreement with the municipality.

[(b) The commissioner may issue an emergency medical technician certificate to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant (1) is currently certified as an emergency medical technician in good standing in any New England state, New York or New Jersey, (2) has completed an initial training program consistent with the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration emergency medical technician curriculum, and (3) has no pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint against him or her.

(c) The commissioner may issue a temporary emergency medical technician certificate to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that (1) the applicant was certified by the department as an emergency medical technician prior to becoming licensed as a paramedic pursuant to section 20-206ll, and (2) the applicant's certification as an emergency medical technician has expired and the applicant's license as a paramedic has become void pursuant to section 19a-88. Such temporary certificate shall be valid for a period not to exceed one year and shall not be renewable.

(d) An applicant who is issued a temporary emergency medical technician certificate pursuant to subsection (c) of this section may, prior to the expiration of such temporary certificate, apply to the department for:

(1) Renewal of such person's paramedic license, giving such person's name in full, such person's residence and business address and such other information as the department requests, provided the application for license renewal is accompanied by evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant was under the medical oversight of a sponsor hospital on the date the applicant's paramedic license became void for nonrenewal; or

(2) Recertification as an emergency medical technician, provided the application for recertification is accompanied by evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant completed emergency medical technician refresher training approved by the commissioner not later than one year after issuance of the temporary emergency medical technician certificate. The department shall recertify such person as an emergency medical technician without the examination required for initial certification specified in regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this section.

(e) For purposes of subsection (d) of this section, "medical oversight" means the active surveillance by physicians of mobile intensive care sufficient for the assessment of overall practice levels, as defined by state-wide protocols, and "sponsor hospital" means a hospital that has agreed to maintain staff for the provision of medical oversight, supervision and direction to an emergency medical service organization, as defined in section 19a-175, and its personnel and has been approved for such activity by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.]

Sec. 21. Section 20-206mm of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, an applicant for a license as a paramedic shall submit evidence satisfactory to the [commissioner, as defined in section 19a-175,] Commissioner of Public Health that the applicant has successfully (1) completed a [mobile intensive care] paramedic training program approved by the commissioner, and (2) passed an examination prescribed by the commissioner.

(b) An applicant for licensure by endorsement shall present evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant (1) is licensed or certified as a paramedic in another state or jurisdiction whose requirements for practicing in such capacity are substantially similar to or higher than those of this state and that the applicant has no pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint against him or her, or (2) (A) is currently licensed or certified as a paramedic in good standing in any New England state, New York or New Jersey, (B) has completed an initial training program consistent with the [United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paramedic curriculum] National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards, as promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the paramedic scope of practice model conducted by an organization offering a program that is recognized by the national emergency medical services program accrediting organization, and (C) has no pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint against him or her.

(c) Any person who is certified as an emergency medical technician-paramedic by the Department of Public Health on October 1, 1997, shall be deemed a licensed paramedic. Any person so deemed shall renew his license pursuant to section 19a-88 for a fee of one hundred fifty dollars.

(d) The commissioner may issue an emergency medical technician certificate or emergency medical responder certificate to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant (1) is currently certified as an emergency medical technician, or emergency medical responder in good standing in any New England state, New York or New Jersey, (2) has completed an initial training program consistent with the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards, as promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the emergency medical technician or emergency medical responder curriculum, and (3) has no pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint against him or her.

(e) The commissioner may issue a temporary emergency medical technician certificate to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that (1) the applicant was certified by the department as an emergency medical technician prior to becoming licensed as a paramedic pursuant to section 20-206ll, or (2) the applicant's certification as an emergency medical technician has expired and the applicant's license as a paramedic has become void pursuant to section 19a-88. Such temporary certificate shall be valid for a period not to exceed one year and shall not be renewable.

(f) An applicant who is issued a temporary emergency medical technician certificate pursuant to subsection (e) of this section may, prior to the expiration of such temporary certificate, apply to the department for: (1) Renewal of such person's paramedic license, giving such person's name in full, such person's residence and business address and such other information as the department requests, provided the application for license renewal is accompanied by evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant was under the medical oversight of a sponsor hospital, as those terms are defined in section 19a-175, as amended by this act, on the date the applicant's paramedic license became void for nonrenewal; or (2) recertification as an emergency medical technician, provided the application for recertification is accompanied by evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant completed emergency medical technician refresher training approved by the commissioner not later than one year after issuance of the temporary emergency medical technician certificate. The department shall recertify such person as an emergency medical technician without the examination required for initial certification specified in regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-206oo, as amended by this act.

(g) The commissioner may issue an emergency medical responder certificate to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant (1) is currently certified as an emergency medical responder in good standing by a state that maintains licensing requirements that the commissioner determines are equal to, or greater than, those in this state, (2) has completed an initial department-approved emergency medical responder training program that includes written and practical examinations at the completion of the course, or a program outside the state that adheres to national education standards for the emergency medical responder scope of practice and that includes an examination, and (3) has no pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint against him or her.

(h) The commissioner may issue an emergency medical services instructor certificate to an applicant who presents (1) evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant is currently certified as an emergency medical technician in good standing, (2) documentation satisfactory to the commissioner, with reference to national education standards, regarding qualifications as an emergency medical service instructor, (3) a letter of endorsement signed by two instructors holding current emergency medical service instructor certification, (4) documentation of having completed written and practical examinations as prescribed by the commissioner, and (5) evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant has no pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaints against him or her.

Sec. 22. Section 20-206oo of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the provisions of subdivision [(18)] (24) of subsection (c) of section 19a-14, subsection (e) of section 19a-88, subdivision (15) of section 19a-175, as amended by this act, subsection (b) of section 20-9, as amended by this act, subsection (c) of section 20-195c, sections 20-195aa to 20-195ff, inclusive, and sections 20-206jj to 20-206oo, inclusive, as amended by this act.

Sec. 23. Section 19a-179a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter, the scope of practice of any person certified or licensed as an emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, emergency medical services instructor or a paramedic under regulations adopted pursuant to this section [19a-179] may include treatment modalities not specified in the regulations of Connecticut state agencies, provided such treatment modalities are (1) approved by the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services Medical Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-178a and the Commissioner of Public Health, and (2) administered at the medical oversight and direction of a sponsor hospital. [, as defined in section 28-8b.]

(b) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, concerning the methods and conditions for the issuance, renewal and reinstatement of licensure and certification or recertification of emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians and emergency medical services instructors.

Sec. 24. Section 19a-195a of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to provide that emergency medical technicians shall be recertified every three years. For the purpose of maintaining an acceptable level of proficiency, each emergency medical technician who is recertified for a three-year period shall complete thirty hours of refresher training approved by the commissioner, or meet such other requirements as may be prescribed by the commissioner.

(b) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to (1) provide for state-wide standardization of certification for each class of emergency medical services personnel, including, but not limited to, (A) emergency medical technicians, [including, but not limited to, paramedics,] (B) emergency medical services instructors, and (C) emergency medical responders, (2) allow course work for such certification to be taken state-wide, and (3) allow persons so certified to perform within their scope of certification state-wide.

Sec. 25. Section 19a-179c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Any ambulance used for interfacility critical care transport shall meet the requirements for a basic level ambulance, as prescribed in regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-179, as amended by this act, including requirements concerning medically necessary supplies and services, and may be supplemented by a licensed registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant or respiratory care practitioner, provided such licensed professionals shall have current training and certification in pediatric or adult advanced life support, or from the Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as appropriate, based on the patient's condition.

(b) A general hospital or children's general hospital licensed in accordance with section 19a-490 may utilize a ground or air ambulance service other than the primary service area responder for emergency interfacility transports of patients when (1) the primary service area responder is not authorized to the level of care required for the patient, (2) the primary service area responder does not have the equipment necessary to transport the patient safely, or (3) the transport takes the primary service area responder out of its service area for more than two hours and there is another ambulance service with the appropriate level of medical authorization and proper equipment available. The patient's attending physician shall determine when it is necessary to utilize the primary service area responder or other ambulance service for an expeditious and medically-appropriate transport.

Sec. 26. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2014) (a) Each emergency medical service organization licensed or certified by the Commissioner of Public Health shall, upon receipt of a notice of intention to strike by a labor organization representing the employees of such emergency medical service organization file a strike contingency plan, in accordance with the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 USC 158, as amended from time to time, with the commissioner not later than five days before the date indicated for commencement of the strike.

(b) The commissioner may issue a summary order to any emergency medical service organization, as defined in section 19a-175 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, that fails to file a strike contingency plan that complies with the provisions of this section and the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this section within the specified time period. Such order shall require the emergency medical service organization to immediately file a strike contingency plan that complies with the provisions of this section and the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this section.

(c) Any emergency medical service organization that fails to comply with this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars for each day of noncompliance.

(d) (1) If the commissioner determines that an emergency medical service organization has failed to comply with the provisions of this section or the regulations adopted pursuant to this section, for which a civil penalty is authorized by subsection (c) of this section, the commissioner may send to an authorized officer or agent of the emergency medical service organization, by certified mail, return receipt requested, or personally serve upon such officer or agent, a notice that includes: (A) A reference to this section or the section or sections of the regulations with which the emergency medical service organization has failed to comply; (B) a short and plain statement of the matters asserted or charged; (C) a statement of the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed for such noncompliance; and (D) a statement of the party's right to request a hearing to contest the imposition of the civil penalty.

(2) An emergency medical service organization may make written application for a hearing to contest the imposition of a civil penalty pursuant to this section not later than twenty days after the date such notice is mailed or served. All hearings under this section shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes. If an emergency medical service organization fails to request a hearing or fails to appear at the hearing or if, after the hearing, the commissioner finds that the emergency medical services organization is in noncompliance, the commissioner may, in the commissioner's discretion, order a civil penalty to be imposed that is not greater than the penalty stated in the notice. The commissioner shall send a copy of any order issued pursuant to this subsection by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the emergency medical service organization named in such order.

(e) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes: (1) Establishing requirements for a strike contingency plan, that shall include, but need not be limited to, a requirement that the plan contain documentation that the emergency medical service organization has arranged, in the event of a strike, for adequate staffing and security, fuel, pharmaceuticals and other essential supplies and services necessary to meet the needs of the patient population served by the emergency medical service organization; and (2) for purposes of the imposition of a civil penalty upon an emergency medical service organization pursuant to subsections (c) and (d) of this section.

(f) Such plan shall be deemed a statement of strategy or negotiations with respect to collective bargaining for the purpose of subdivision (9) of subsection (b) of section 1-210 of the general statutes.

Sec. 27. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2014) (a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall develop and implement a plan in circumstances where the Governor declares a state of emergency to mobilize state emergency medical service assets to aid areas where local emergency medical services and ordinary mutual aid resources are overwhelmed. Such plan shall be known as the Forward Movement of Patients Plan. Such plan shall include, but not be limited to, a procedure for the request of resources, authority for plan activation, the typing of resources, resource command and control and logistical considerations.

(b) Emergency rates established by the commissioner for certified emergency medical service, paramedic intercept service, invalid coach and temporary transportation needs for a specified event or incident shall apply when the emergency medical service organization is authorized by the commissioner to function as part of the Forward Movement of Patients Plan.

Sec. 28. Subsection (a) of section 19a-562a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Each nursing home facility that is not a residential care home or an Alzheimer's special care unit or program shall annually provide (1) a minimum of two hours of training in pain recognition and administration of pain management techniques, and (2) a minimum of one hour of training in oral health and oral hygiene techniques to all licensed and registered direct care staff and nurse's aides who provide direct patient care to residents.

Sec. 29. Subsection (c) of section 19a-490k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(c) A hospital may administer influenza and pneumococcal [polysaccharide] vaccines to patients, after an assessment for contraindications, without a physician's order, in accordance with a physician-approved hospital policy. The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 30. Section 19a-89b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 4-166 and 4-168, the Commissioner of Public Health may establish public swimming pool design guidelines without adopting such design guidelines as regulations pursuant to this chapter to establish minimum standards for the proper construction and maintenance of public swimming pools.

[(a)] (b) The Department of Public Health shall charge a fee of fifteen dollars for a copy of its pool design guidelines.

[(b)] (c) The department shall charge a fee of fifteen dollars for a copy of its food compliance guide.

Sec. 31. Section 19a-72 of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Clinical laboratory" means any facility or other area used for microbiological, serological, chemical, hematological, immunohematological, biophysical, cytological, pathological or other examinations of human body fluids, secretions, excretions or excised or exfoliated tissues, for the purpose of providing information for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of any human disease or impairment, for the assessment of human health or for the presence of drugs, poisons or other toxicological substances;

(2) "Hospital" means an establishment for the lodging, care and treatment of persons suffering from disease or other abnormal physical or mental conditions and includes inpatient psychiatric services in general hospitals;

(3) "Health care provider" means any person or organization that furnishes health care services and is licensed or certified to furnish such services pursuant to chapters 370, 372, 373, 375, [to 384a, inclusive, 388, 398 and 399] 378 and 379 or is licensed or certified pursuant to chapter 368d; [and]

(4) "Occupation" means the usual kind of work performed by an individual;

(5) "Industry" means the type of business to which an occupation relates; and

[(4)] (6) "Reportable tumor" means tumors and conditions included in the Connecticut Tumor Registry reportable list maintained by the Department of Public Health, as amended from time to time, as deemed necessary by the department.

(b) The Department of Public Health shall maintain and operate the Connecticut Tumor Registry. Said registry shall include a report of every occurrence of a reportable tumor that is diagnosed or treated in the state. Such reports shall be made to the department by any hospital, clinical laboratory [and] or health care provider in the state. Such reports shall include, but not be limited to, pathology reports and information obtained from records of any person licensed as a health care provider and may include a collection of actual tissue samples and such information as the department may prescribe. [Follow-up information shall also be contained in the report and] Information contained in the report shall include, when available: (1) Demographic data; (2) occupation and industry of the patient; (3) diagnostic, treatment and pathology reports; [(3)] (4) operative reports, hematology, medical oncology and radiation therapy consults, or abstracts of such reports or consults in a format prescribed by the department; and [(4)] (5) other medical information as the department may prescribe. Such information shall be reported to the department not later than six months after diagnosis or the first encounter for treatment of a reportable tumor, in the form and manner prescribed by the department and updates of such information shall be reported to the department, annually, for the duration of the patient's lifetime. [The Commissioner of Public Health shall promulgate a list of required data items, which may be amended from time to time.] Such reports shall include every occurrence of a reportable tumor that is diagnosed or treated during a calendar year.

(c) The Department of Public Health shall be provided such access to records of any health care provider, as the department deems necessary, to perform case finding or other quality improvement audits to ensure completeness of reporting and data accuracy consistent with the purposes of this section.

(d) The Department of Public Health may enter into a contract for the receipt, storage, holding [and] or maintenance of the data, files or tissue samples under its control and management.

(e) The Department of Public Health may enter into reciprocal reporting agreements with the appropriate agencies of other states to exchange tumor reports.

(f) (1) Failure by a hospital, clinical laboratory or health care provider to comply with the reporting requirements prescribed in this section may result in the department electing to perform the registry services for such hospital, clinical laboratory or provider. In such case, the hospital, clinical laboratory or provider shall reimburse the department for actual expenses incurred in performing such services.

(2) Any hospital, clinical laboratory or health care provider that fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed five hundred dollars for each failure to disclose a reportable tumor, as determined by the commissioner.

(3) A hospital, clinical laboratory or health care provider that fails to report cases of cancer as required in regulations adopted [pursuant to section 19a-73 by a date that is not later than nine months after the date of first contact with such hospital, clinical laboratory or health care provider for diagnosis or treatment] in accordance with the provisions of subsection (h) of this section, shall be assessed a civil penalty not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars per business day, for each day thereafter that the report is not submitted and ordered to comply with the terms of this subsection by the Commissioner of Public Health.

(4) The reimbursements, expenses and civil penalties set forth in this section shall be assessed only after the Department of Public Health [provides a] has provided a hospital, clinical laboratory or health care provider with written notice of deficiency and [the provider is afforded the opportunity to respond to such notice. A provider shall have not more] such hospital, clinical laboratory or health care provider has been afforded not less than fourteen business days after the date of receiving such notice to provide a written response to the department. Such written response shall include any information requested by the department.

(g) The Commissioner of Public Health may request that the Attorney General initiate an action to collect any civil penalties assessed pursuant to this section and obtain such orders as necessary to enforce any provision of this section.

(h) The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

Sec. 32. Section 19a-2a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

The Commissioner of Public Health shall employ the most efficient and practical means for the prevention and suppression of disease and shall administer all laws under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Health and the Public Health Code. The commissioner shall have responsibility for the overall operation and administration of the Department of Public Health. The commissioner shall have the power and duty to: (1) Administer, coordinate and direct the operation of the department; (2) adopt and enforce regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, as are necessary to carry out the purposes of the department as established by statute; (3) establish rules for the internal operation and administration of the department; (4) establish and develop programs and administer services to achieve the purposes of the department as established by statute; (5) [contract] enter into a contract, including, but not limited to, a contract with another state, for facilities, services and programs to implement the purposes of the department as established by statute; (6) designate a deputy commissioner or other employee of the department to sign any license, certificate or permit issued by said department; (7) conduct a hearing, issue subpoenas, administer oaths, compel testimony and render a final decision in any case when a hearing is required or authorized under the provisions of any statute dealing with the Department of Public Health; (8) with the health authorities of this and other states, secure information and data concerning the prevention and control of epidemics and conditions affecting or endangering the public health, and compile such information and statistics and shall disseminate among health authorities and the people of the state such information as may be of value to them; (9) annually issue a list of reportable diseases, emergency illnesses and health conditions and a list of reportable laboratory findings and amend such lists as the commissioner deems necessary and distribute such lists as well as any necessary forms to each licensed physician and clinical laboratory in this state. The commissioner shall prepare printed forms for reports and returns, with such instructions as may be necessary, for the use of directors of health, boards of health and registrars of vital statistics; and (10) specify uniform methods of keeping statistical information by public and private agencies, organizations and individuals, including a client identifier system, and collect and make available relevant statistical information, including the number of persons treated, frequency of admission and readmission, and frequency and duration of treatment. The client identifier system shall be subject to the confidentiality requirements set forth in section 17a-688 and regulations adopted thereunder. The commissioner may designate any person to perform any of the duties listed in subdivision (7) of this section. The commissioner shall have authority over directors of health and may, for cause, remove any such director; but any person claiming to be aggrieved by such removal may appeal to the Superior Court which may affirm or reverse the action of the commissioner as the public interest requires. The commissioner shall assist and advise local directors of health in the performance of their duties, and may require the enforcement of any law, regulation or ordinance relating to public health. When requested by local directors of health, the commissioner shall consult with them and investigate and advise concerning any condition affecting public health within their jurisdiction. The commissioner shall investigate nuisances and conditions affecting, or that he or she has reason to suspect may affect, the security of life and health in any locality and, for that purpose, the commissioner, or any person authorized by the commissioner, may enter and examine any ground, vehicle, apartment, building or place, and any person designated by the commissioner shall have the authority conferred by law upon constables. Whenever the commissioner determines that any provision of the general statutes or regulation of the Public Health Code is not being enforced effectively by a local health department, he or she shall forthwith take such measures, including the performance of any act required of the local health department, to ensure enforcement of such statute or regulation and shall inform the local health department of such measures. In September of each year the commissioner shall certify to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management the population of each municipality. The commissioner may solicit and accept for use any gift of money or property made by will or otherwise, and any grant of or contract for money, services or property from the federal government, the state, [or] any political subdivision thereof, any other state or any private source, and do all things necessary to cooperate with the federal government or any of its agencies in making an application for any grant or contract. The commissioner may establish state-wide and regional advisory councils.

Sec. 33. Section 19a-32 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

The Department of Public Health is authorized to receive, hold and use real estate and to receive, hold, invest and disburse money, securities, supplies or equipment offered it for the protection and preservation of the public health and welfare by the federal government, another state or by any person, corporation or association, provided such real estate, money, securities, supplies or equipment shall be used only for the purposes designated by the federal government or such state, person, corporation or association. Said department shall include in its annual report an account of the property so received, the names of its donors, its location, the use made thereof and the amount of unexpended balances on hand.

Sec. 34. Subsection (b) of section 20-10b of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (d), (e) and (f) of this section, a licensee applying for license renewal shall earn a minimum of fifty contact hours of continuing medical education within the preceding twenty-four-month period. Such continuing medical education shall (1) be in an area of the physician's practice; (2) reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public; and (3) during the first renewal period in which continuing medical education is required and not less than once every six years thereafter, include at least one contact hour of training or education in each of the following topics: (A) Infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus, (B) risk management, (C) sexual assault, (D) domestic violence, (E) cultural competency, and (F) behavioral health. For purposes of this section, qualifying continuing medical education activities include, but are not limited to, courses offered or approved by the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Medical Association, Connecticut Hospital Association, Connecticut State Medical Society, county medical societies or equivalent organizations in another jurisdiction, educational offerings sponsored by a hospital or other health care institution or courses offered by a regionally accredited academic institution or a state or local health department. The commissioner, or the commissioner's designee, may grant a waiver for not more than ten contact hours of continuing medical education for a physician who: (i) Engages in activities related to the physician's service as a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, established pursuant to section 20-8a; (ii) engages in activities related to the physician's service as a member of a medical hearing panel, pursuant to section 20-8a; or (iii) assists the department with its duties to boards and commissions as described in section 19a-14.

Sec. 35. Subsection (a) of section 20-146 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Except as provided in section 20-146a, no person shall produce or reproduce ophthalmic lenses and similar products or mount the same to supporting materials or fit the same by mechanical manipulation, molding techniques or other related functions, unless such person is licensed by the Department of Public Health. Said department may issue license certificates as licensed optician to all persons who lawfully apply for the same, upon their submitting to the [commission] department an acceptable written application, and after they have passed examinations as hereinafter provided: Any person shall be admitted to take the examinations for a license to practice as a licensed optician who has satisfied the department that he or she is a person of good professional character, has served as a registered apprentice in this state or any other state for not less than four calendar years' full-time employment under the supervision of a licensed optician in an optical establishment, office, department, store, shop or laboratory where prescriptions for optical glasses from given formulas have been filled, and has acquired experience in the producing and reproducing of ophthalmic lenses, mounting the same to supporting materials, of which one year, at least, shall have been acquired within the five years last preceding the date of such application and who has acquired experience in the fitting of ophthalmic lenses to the eyes by mechanical manipulation, molding technique or other related functions, of which one year, at least, shall have been acquired within the five years last preceding the date of such application, under the supervision of a licensed optician. Any person who is licensed to perform optical services in any other state or territory with licensure requirements similar to or higher than those required in this state shall be eligible for licensure without examination. Successful completion of a two-year educational program approved by the board with the consent of the Commissioner of Public Health may be substituted for the four-year work experience requirement.

Sec. 36. Section 20-188 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

Before granting a license to a psychologist, the department shall, except as provided in section 20-190, require any applicant therefor to pass an examination in psychology prescribed by the department with the advice and consent of the board. Each applicant shall pay a fee of five hundred sixty-five dollars, and shall satisfy the department that such applicant: (1) [has] Has received the doctoral degree based on a program of studies whose content was primarily psychological from an educational institution approved in accordance with section 20-189; and (2) has had at least one year's experience that meets the requirements established in regulations adopted by the department, in consultation with the board, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. The department shall establish a passing score with the consent of the board. Any certificate granted by the board of examiners prior to June 24, 1969, shall be deemed a valid license permitting continuance of profession subject to the provisions of this chapter. An applicant who is licensed or certified as a psychologist in another state, territory or commonwealth of the United States may substitute two years of licensed or certified work experience in the practice of psychology, as defined in section 20-187a, in lieu of the requirements of subdivision (2) of this section.

Sec. 37. Section 20-195dd of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, an applicant for a license as a professional counselor shall submit evidence satisfactory to the Commissioner of Public Health of having: (1) Completed sixty graduate semester hours in or related to the discipline of counseling at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, which included coursework in each of the following areas: (A) Human growth and development, (B) social and cultural foundations, (C) counseling theories and techniques or helping relationships, (D) group dynamics, (E) processing and counseling, (F) career and lifestyle development, (G) appraisals or tests and measurements for individuals and groups, (H) research and evaluation, and (I) professional orientation to counseling; (2) earned, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education a master's or doctoral degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology or a related mental health field; (3) acquired three thousand hours of postgraduate-degree-supervised experience in the practice of professional counseling, performed over a period of not less than one year, that included a minimum of one hundred hours of direct supervision by (A) a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370 who has obtained certification in psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, (B) a psychologist licensed pursuant to chapter 383, (C) an advanced practice registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 and certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, (D) a marital and family therapist licensed pursuant to chapter 383a, (E) a clinical social worker licensed pursuant to chapter 383b, (F) a professional counselor licensed, or prior to October 1, 1998, eligible for licensure, pursuant to section 20-195cc, or (G) a physician certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, psychologist, advanced practice registered nurse certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, marital and family therapist, clinical social worker or professional counselor licensed or certified as such or as a person entitled to perform similar services, under a different designation, in another state or jurisdiction whose requirements for practicing in such capacity are substantially similar to or higher than those of this state; and (4) passed an examination prescribed by the commissioner.

[(b) Prior to December 30, 2001, an applicant for a license as a professional counselor may, in lieu of the requirements set forth in subsection (a) of this section, submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner of having: (A) Earned at least a thirty-hour master's degree, sixth-year degree or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a major in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology or forensic psychology; (B) practiced professional counseling for a minimum of two years within a five-year period immediately preceding application; and (C) passed an examination prescribed by the commissioner.]

[(c)] (b) An applicant for licensure by endorsement shall present evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant is licensed or certified as a professional counselor, or as a person entitled to perform similar services under a different designation, in another state or jurisdiction whose requirements for practicing in such capacity are substantially similar to or higher than those of this state and that there are no disciplinary actions or unresolved complaints pending.

(c) An applicant who is currently licensed or certified as a professional counselor or its equivalent in another state, territory or commonwealth of the United States may substitute three years of licensed or certified work experience in the practice of professional counseling in lieu of the requirements of subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of this section, provided the commissioner finds that such experience is equal to or greater than the requirements of this state.

Sec. 38. Section 20-195n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) No person shall practice clinical social work unless such person has obtained a license pursuant to this section.

(b) An applicant for licensure as a master social worker shall: (1) Hold a master's degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or, if educated outside the United States or its territories, have completed an educational program deemed equivalent by the council; and (2) pass the masters level examination of the Association of Social Work Boards or any other examination prescribed by the commissioner.

(c) An applicant for licensure as a clinical social worker shall: (1) Hold a doctorate or master's degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or, if educated outside the United States or its territories, have completed an educational program deemed equivalent by the council; (2) have three thousand hours post-master's social work experience which shall include not less than one hundred hours of work under professional supervision by a licensed clinical or certified independent social worker, provided on and after October 1, 2011, such hours completed in this state shall be as a licensed master social worker; and (3) pass the clinical level examination of the Association of Social Work Boards or any other examination prescribed by the commissioner. On and after October 1, 1995, any person certified as an independent social worker prior to October 1, 1995, shall be deemed licensed as a clinical social worker pursuant to this section, except a person certified as an independent social worker on and after October 1, 1990, shall not be deemed licensed as a clinical social worker pursuant to this chapter unless such person has satisfied the requirements of subdivision (3) of this subsection.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, the commissioner may grant a license by endorsement to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant (1) is licensed or certified as a master social worker or clinical social worker in good standing in another state or jurisdiction whose requirements for practicing in such capacity are substantially similar to or higher than those of this state, and (2) has successfully completed the master level examination of the Association of Social Work Boards, or its successor organization, or any other examination prescribed by the commissioner. No license shall be issued under this subsection to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint.

(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, the commissioner may grant a license by endorsement to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant (1) is licensed or certified as a clinical social worker in good standing in another state or jurisdiction whose requirements for practicing in such capacity are substantially similar to or [higher] greater than those of this state, and (2) has successfully completed the clinical level examination of the Association of Social Work Boards, or its successor organization, or any other examination prescribed by the commissioner. No license shall be issued under this subsection to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint.

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, an applicant who is licensed or certified as a clinical social worker or its equivalent in another state, territory or commonwealth of the United States may substitute three years of licensed or certified work experience in the practice of clinical social work in lieu of the requirements of subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of this section, provided the commissioner finds that such experience is equal to or greater than the requirements of this state.

Sec. 39. Section 20-252 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

No person shall engage in the occupation of registered hairdresser and cosmetician without having obtained a license from the department. Persons desiring such licenses shall apply in writing on forms furnished by the department. No license shall be issued, except a renewal of a license, to a registered hairdresser and cosmetician unless the applicant has shown to the satisfaction of the department that the applicant has complied with the laws and the regulations administered or adopted by the department. No applicant shall be licensed as a registered hairdresser and cosmetician, except by renewal of a license, until the applicant has made written application to the department, setting forth by affidavit that the applicant has successfully completed the [eighth] ninth grade and that the applicant has completed a course of not less than fifteen hundred hours of study in a school approved in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, in a school teaching hairdressing and cosmetology under the supervision of the State Board of Education, or, if trained outside of Connecticut, in a school teaching hairdressing and cosmetology whose requirements are equivalent to those of a Connecticut school and until the applicant has passed a written examination satisfactory to the department. Examinations required for licensure under this chapter shall be prescribed by the department with the advice and assistance of the board. The department shall establish a passing score for examinations with the advice and assistance of the board which shall be the same as the passing score established in section 20-236.

Sec. 40. Section 20-413 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting:

(1) Consulting with or disseminating research findings and scientific information to accredited academic institutions or governmental agencies or offering lectures to the public for a fee, monetary or otherwise;

(2) The activities and services of a graduate student or speech and language pathology intern in speech and language pathology pursuing a course of study leading to a graduate degree in speech and language pathology at an accredited or approved college or university or a clinical training facility approved by the department, provided these activities and services constitute a part of his or her supervised course of study and that such person is designated as "Speech and Language Pathology Intern", "Speech and Language Pathology Trainee", or other such title clearly indicating the training status appropriate to [his] the level of training;

(3) (A) A person from another state offering speech and language pathology services in this state, provided such services are performed for no more than five days in any calendar year and provided such person meets the qualifications and requirements for licensing in this state; or (B) a person from another state who is licensed or certified as a speech and language pathologist by a similar authority of another state, or territory of the United States, or of a foreign country or province whose standards are equivalent to or [higher] greater than, at the date of his or her certification or licensure, the requirements of this chapter and regulations adopted hereunder, or a person who meets such qualifications and requirements and resides in a state or territory of the United States, or a foreign country or province which does not grant certification or license to speech and language pathologists, from offering speech and language pathology services in this state for a total of not more than thirty days in any calendar year;

(4) The activities and services of a person who meets the requirements of subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of section 20-411, while such person is engaged in full or part-time employment in fulfillment of the professional employment requirement of subdivision (3) of said subsection (a);

(5) The use of supervised support personnel to assist licensed speech and language pathologists with tasks that are (A) designed by the licensed speech and language pathologists being assisted, (B) routine, and (C) related to maintenance of assistive and prosthetic devices, recording and charting or implementation of evaluation or intervention plans. For purposes of this subdivision, "supervised" means (i) not more than three support personnel are assisting one licensed speech and language pathologist, (ii) in-person communication between the licensed speech and language pathologist and support personnel is available at all times, and (iii) the licensed speech and language pathologist provides the support personnel with regularly scheduled direct observation, guidance, direction and conferencing for not less than thirty per cent of client contact time for the support personnel's first ninety workdays and for not less than twenty per cent of client contact time thereafter; or

(6) The provision of applied behavior analysis services by a board certified behavior analyst or a board certified assistant behavior analyst, as such terms are defined in section 20-185i, in accordance with section 10-76ii.

Sec. 41. Subsection (a) of section 10a-155b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) For the [2002-2003] 2014-2015 school year, and each school year thereafter, each public or private college or university in this state shall require that each student who resides in on-campus housing be vaccinated against meningitis and submit evidence of having received a meningococcal conjugate vaccine not more than five years before enrollment as a condition of such residence. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any such student who (1) presents a certificate from a physician, [or] an advanced practice registered nurse or a physician assistant stating that, in the opinion of such physician, [or] advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant, such vaccination is medically contraindicated because of the physical condition of such student, or (2) presents a statement that such vaccination would be contrary to the religious beliefs of such student.

Sec. 42. Subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of section 20-74ee of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(4) Nothing in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and this section shall be construed to: [prohibit] (A) Prohibit a nuclear medicine technologist, as defined in section 20-74uu, who [(A)] (i) has successfully completed the individual certification exam for computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and [(B)] (ii) holds and maintains in good standing, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, from fully operating a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging portion of a hybrid-fusion imaging system, including diagnostic imaging, in conjunction with a positron emission tomography or single-photon emission computed tomography imaging system; or (B) require a technologist who is certified by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and who operates a bone densitometry system under the supervision, control and responsibility of a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, to be licensed as a radiographer.

Sec. 43. Subsection (k) of section 20-126l of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(k) A licensee whose license has become void pursuant to section 19a-88 and who applies to the department for reinstatement of such license, shall: (1) [For a license that has been void for two years or less, submit] Submit evidence of completion of a minimum of twenty-four contact hours of qualifying [continued education] continuing education, as described in subsection (g) of this section, during the two-year period immediately preceding the application for reinstatement; or (2) [for a license that has been void] for an applicant who has not been in the active practice of dental hygiene for more than two years, submit evidence of successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, [or] the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners Examination in Dental Hygiene or a refresher course approved by the department during the [year] one-year period immediately preceding the application for reinstatement.

Sec. 44. Section 19a-29a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) As used in this section, "environmental laboratory" means any facility or other area, including, but not limited to, an outdoor area where testing occurs, used for [biological, chemical, physical] microbiological, chemical, radiological or other [examination] analyte testing of drinking waters, ground waters, sea waters, rivers, streams and surface waters, recreational waters, fresh water sources, wastewaters, swimming pools, [air] construction, renovation and demolition building materials, soil, solid waste, [hazardous waste, food, food utensils] animal and plant tissues, sewage, sewage effluent, [or] sewage sludge or any other matrix for the purpose of providing information on the sanitary quality or the amount of pollution [and] or any substance prejudicial to health or the environment. For purposes of this section (1) "analyte" means a microbiological, chemical, radiological or other component of a matrix being measured by an analytical test, and (2) "matrix" means the substance or medium in which an analyte is contained, that may include drinking water or wastewater.

(b) The Department of Public Health shall [, in its Public Health Code,] (1) adopt regulations, [and] in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to establish reasonable standards governing environmental laboratory operations and facilities, personnel qualifications, [and] certification for testing, levels of acceptable proficiency in testing programs approved by the department, the collection, acceptance and suitability of samples for analysis and such other pertinent laboratory functions, including the establishment of advisory committees, as may be necessary to [insure] ensure environmental quality, public health and safety, and (2) establish one or more schedules of the amounts of civil penalties that may be imposed under this section. Each registered environmental laboratory shall comply with all standards for environmental laboratories [set forth in the Public Health Code] established by the department and shall be subject to inspection by said department, including inspection of all records necessary to carry out the purposes of this section. The Commissioner of Public Health may revoke or otherwise limit the license of any environmental laboratory that fails to comply with the provisions of this section or regulations adopted under this section.

(c) The Commissioner of Public Health shall determine whether it is necessary for the protection of the public health or the environment for an environmental laboratory to be registered and to have certification to conduct a test for an analyte in a matrix. If the commissioner determines that it is necessary for the environmental laboratory to be registered, such environmental laboratory shall obtain from the commissioner a certification to conduct such tests for analytes. No person shall operate, manage or control an environmental laboratory that tests for analytes for the purpose of providing information on the sanitary quality or the amount of pollution of any substance prejudicial to health or the environment for which the commissioner has determined registration and certification is required without having first registered and obtained such certification.

(d) The commissioner shall, annually, publish a list setting forth all analytes and matrices for which a certification for testing is required.

[(c)] (e) Each application for registration of an environmental laboratory [or application for approval] and for certification for testing any analyte shall be made on forms provided by said department, shall be accompanied by a fee of one thousand two hundred fifty dollars and shall be executed by the owner or owners or by a responsible officer [of the] authorized to do so by the agency, firm or corporation owning the environmental laboratory. Upon receipt of any such application, the department shall make such inspections and investigations as are necessary and shall deny registration [or approval] when operation of the environmental laboratory would be prejudicial to the health of the public. Registration [or approval] shall not be in force until notice of its effective date and term has been sent to the applicant.

[(d)] (f) Each registration or certificate of approval shall be issued for a period of not less than twenty-four or more than twenty-seven months from [the] any deadline for applications established by the commissioner. Renewal applications shall be made (1) biennially within the twenty-fourth month of the current registration; [or certificate of approval;] (2) before any change in ownership [or change in director] is made; and (3) prior to any major expansion or alteration in, or changing of, quarters.

[(e)] (g) This section shall not apply to any environmental laboratory [which] that only provides laboratory services or information for the agency, person, firm or corporation which owns or operates such laboratory. [and the fee required under subsection (c) of this section shall not be required of laboratories operated by a state agency.]

(h) If, upon review, investigation or inspection, the Commissioner of Public Health determines an environmental laboratory has violated any provision of this section or regulations adopted under this section, the commissioner may impose a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars per violation per day and issue such other orders as the commissioner determines necessary to protect the public health. Upon notice of imposition of the civil penalty, the commissioner shall provide the environmental laboratory with an opportunity for a hearing. Governmental immunity shall not be a defense against the imposition of any civil penalty imposed pursuant to this section. In determining the amount of the civil penalty to be imposed on an environmental laboratory, the commissioner shall consider the degree of the threat to public health or the environment, the amount necessary to achieve compliance, and the history of compliance of the environmental laboratory. Any order issued under this provision may be appealed in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.

(i) The failure of an environmental laboratory to pay a civil penalty imposed by the commissioner shall be grounds for revocation of the environmental laboratory's registration and certification for testing.

(j) The commissioner may order an unregistered environmental laboratory to cease operations.

(k) The commissioner may request the Attorney General to petition the Superior Court for an order to aid in enforcement of any provision of this section.

Sec. 45. Section 20-482 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

Any person or entity who knowingly violates any provision of sections 20-474 to 20-481, inclusive, and subsections (e) and (f), of section 19a-88 or any regulation adopted thereunder, shall be fined not more than [one] five thousand dollars per violation per day and be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to section 19a-17.

Sec. 46. Subsection (b) of section 20-402 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(b) (1) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, for registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2014, a licensee applying for license renewal shall earn not less than sixteen hours of continuing education within the preceding twenty-four-month period. Such continuing education shall consist of courses offered or approved by the [National Board of Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences] International Hearing Society, the American Academy of Audiology or the American Speech-Language Hearing Association or such successor organizations as may be approved by the Commissioner of Public Health.

(2) Each licensee applying for license renewal pursuant to section 19a-88, except a licensee applying for a license renewal for the first time, shall sign a statement attesting that he or she has satisfied the continuing education requirements described in subdivision (1) of this subsection on a form prescribed by the department. Each licensee shall retain records of attendance or certificates of completion that demonstrate compliance with the continuing education requirements described in subdivision (1) of this subsection for not less than three years following the date on which the continuing education was completed. Each licensee shall submit such records to the department for inspection not later than forty-five days after a request by the department for such records.

(3) In individual cases involving medical disability or illness, the commissioner may grant a waiver of the continuing education requirements or an extension of time within which to fulfill such requirements of this subsection to any licensee, provided the licensee submits to the department an application for waiver or extension of time on a form prescribed by the commissioner, along with a certification by a licensed physician of the disability or illness and such other documentation as may be required by the department. The commissioner may grant a waiver or extension for a period not to exceed one registration period, except that the commissioner may grant additional waivers or extensions if the medical disability or illness upon which a waiver or extension is granted continues beyond the period of the waiver or extension and the licensee applies for an additional waiver or extension.

Sec. 47. Subsection (b) of section 20-9 of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes, as amended by section 138 of public act 13-234, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(b) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:

(1) Dentists while practicing dentistry only;

(2) Any person in the employ of the United States government while acting in the scope of his employment;

(3) Any person who furnishes medical or surgical assistance in cases of sudden emergency;

(4) Any person residing out of this state who is employed to come into this state to render temporary assistance to or consult with any physician or surgeon who has been licensed in conformity with the provisions of this chapter;

(5) Any physician or surgeon residing out of this state who holds a current license in good standing in another state and who is employed to come into this state to treat, operate or prescribe for any injury, deformity, ailment or disease from which the person who employed such physician, or the person on behalf of whom such physician is employed, is suffering at the time when such nonresident physician or surgeon is so employed, provided such physician or surgeon may practice in this state without a Connecticut license for a period not to exceed thirty consecutive days;

(6) Any person rendering service as (A) an advanced practice registered nurse if such service is rendered in collaboration with a licensed physician, or (B) an advanced practice registered nurse maintaining classification from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists if such service is under the direction of a licensed physician;

(7) Any nurse-midwife practicing nurse-midwifery in accordance with the provisions of chapter 377;

(8) Any podiatrist licensed in accordance with the provisions of chapter 375;

(9) Any Christian Science practitioner who does not use or prescribe in his practice any drugs, poisons, medicines, chemicals, nostrums or surgery;

(10) Any person licensed to practice any of the healing arts named in section 20-1, who does not use or prescribe in his practice any drugs, medicines, poisons, chemicals, nostrums or surgery;

(11) Any graduate of any school or institution giving instruction in the healing arts who has been issued a permit in accordance with subsection (a) of section 20-11a and who is serving as an intern, resident or medical officer candidate in a hospital;

(12) Any student participating in a clinical clerkship program who has the qualifications specified in subsection (b) of section 20-11a;

(13) Any person, otherwise qualified to practice medicine in this state except that he is a graduate of a medical school located outside of the United States or the Dominion of Canada which school is recognized by the American Medical Association or the World Health Organization, to whom the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, subject to such regulations as the Commissioner of Public Health, with advice and assistance from the board, prescribes, has issued a permit to serve as an intern or resident in a hospital in this state for the purpose of extending his education;

(14) Any person rendering service as a physician assistant licensed pursuant to section 20-12b, a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse or a paramedic, as defined in subdivision (15) of section 19a-175, as amended by this act, acting within the scope of regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-179, as amended by this act, if such service is rendered under the supervision, control and responsibility of a licensed physician;

(15) Any student enrolled in an accredited physician assistant program or paramedic program approved in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-179, as amended by this act, who is performing such work as is incidental to his course of study;

(16) Any person who, on June 1, 1993, has worked continuously in this state since 1979 performing diagnostic radiology services and who, as of October 31, 1997, continued to render such services under the supervision, control and responsibility of a licensed physician solely within the setting where such person was employed on June 1, 1993;

(17) Any person practicing athletic training, as defined in section 20-65f;

(18) When deemed by the Connecticut Medical Examining Board to be in the public's interest, based on such considerations as academic attainments, specialty board certification and years of experience, to a foreign physician or surgeon whose professional activities shall be confined within the confines of a recognized medical school;

(19) Any technician engaging in tattooing in accordance with the provisions of section 20-266o or 20-266p and any regulations adopted thereunder;

(20) Any person practicing perfusion, as defined in section 20-162aa; [or]

(21) Any foreign physician or surgeon (A) participating in supervised clinical training under the direct supervision and control of a physician or surgeon licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, and (B) whose professional activities are confined to a licensed hospital that has a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or that is a primary affiliated teaching hospital of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Such hospital shall verify that the foreign physician or surgeon holds a current valid license in another country; or

(22) Any person practicing as a nuclear medicine technologist, as defined in section 20-74uu, while performing under the supervision and direction of a physician licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

Sec. 48. Section 20-13c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

The board is authorized to restrict, suspend or revoke the license or limit the right to practice of a physician or take any other action in accordance with section 19a-17, for any of the following reasons: (1) Physical illness or loss of motor skill, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process; (2) emotional disorder or mental illness; (3) abuse or excessive use of drugs, including alcohol, narcotics or chemicals; (4) illegal, incompetent or negligent conduct in the practice of medicine; (5) possession, use, prescription for use, or distribution of controlled substances or legend drugs, except for therapeutic or other medically proper purposes; (6) misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact in the obtaining or reinstatement of a license to practice medicine; (7) failure to adequately supervise a physician assistant; (8) failure to fulfill any obligation resulting from participation in the National Health Service Corps; (9) failure to maintain professional liability insurance or other indemnity against liability for professional malpractice as provided in subsection (a) of section 20-11b; (10) failure to provide information requested by the department for purposes of completing a health care provider profile, as required by section 20-13j; (11) engaging in any activity for which accreditation is required under section 19a-690 [or 19a-691] without the appropriate accreditation required by section 19a-690; [or 19a-691;] (12) failure to provide evidence of accreditation required under section 19a-690 or 19a-691 as requested by the department pursuant to section 19a-690; [or 19a-691;] (13) failure to comply with the continuing medical education requirements set forth in section 20-10b, as amended by this act; or (14) violation of any provision of this chapter or any regulation established hereunder. In each case, the board shall consider whether the physician poses a threat, in the practice of medicine, to the health and safety of any person. If the board finds that the physician poses such a threat, the board shall include such finding in its final decision and act to suspend or revoke the license of said physician.

Sec. 49. Section 19a-194 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) A motorcycle equipped to handle medical emergencies shall be deemed a rescue vehicle. [for the purposes of section 19a-181.] The commissioner shall issue a safety certificate to such motorcycle upon examination of such vehicle and a determination that such motorcycle (1) is in satisfactory mechanical condition, (2) is as safe to operate as the average motorcycle, and (3) is equipped with such emergency medical equipment as may be required by subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The commissioner shall annually issue a list specifying the minimum equipment that a motorcycle must carry to operate as a rescue vehicle pursuant to this section. Such equipment shall include those items that would enable an emergency medical technician, paramedic or other individual similarly trained to render to a person requiring emergency medical assistance the maximum benefit possible from the operation of such motorcycle rescue vehicle.

Sec. 50. Section 20-71 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) The Department of Public Health may issue a license to practice physical therapy without examination, on payment of a fee of two hundred twenty-five dollars, to an applicant who is a physical therapist registered or licensed under the laws of any other state or territory of the United States, any province of Canada or any other country, if the requirements for registration or licensure of physical therapists in such state, territory, province or country are deemed by the department to be equivalent to, or higher than those prescribed in this chapter.

(b) The department may issue a physical therapist assistant license without examination, on payment of a fee of one hundred fifty dollars, to an applicant who is a physical therapist assistant registered or licensed under the laws of any other state or territory of the United States, any province of Canada or any other country, if the requirements for registration or licensure of physical therapist assistants in such state, territory, province or country are deemed by the department to be equivalent to, or higher than those prescribed in this chapter.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20-70, prior to April 30, 2007, the commissioner may issue a physical therapist assistant license to any applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner of having completed twenty years of employment as a physical therapist assistant prior to October 1, 1989, on payment of a fee of one hundred fifty dollars.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20-70, the commissioner may issue a physical therapist assistant license to any applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner of having registered as a physical therapist assistant with the Department of Public Health on or before April 1, 2006, on payment of a fee of one hundred fifty dollars.

(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20-70, prior to July 1, 2015, the commissioner may issue a physical therapist assistant license to any applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner of having been eligible to register as a physical therapist assistant with the Department of Public Health on or before April 1, 2006, on payment of a fee of one hundred fifty dollars.

Sec. 51. Subsection (d) of section 20-74s of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) To be eligible for licensure as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, an applicant shall (1) have attained a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology or a related field approved by the commissioner that included a minimum of eighteen graduate semester hours in (A) counseling, [or] (B) counseling-related subjects, or (C) another subject approved by the commissioner, provided the semester hours in a subject other than counseling or a counseling-related subject were in progress on or before July 1, 2013, and completed on or before October 1, 2014, except applicants holding certified clinical supervisor status by the Connecticut Certification Board, Inc. as of October 1, 1998, may substitute such certification in lieu of the master's degree requirement, and (2) have completed the certification eligibility requirements described in subsection (e) of this section.

Sec. 52. Sections 19a-73, 19a-121c, 19a-121e to 19a-121g, inclusive, 19a-179d and 19a-691 of the general statutes are repealed. (Effective October 1, 2014)

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2014

19a-493b

Sec. 2

October 1, 2014

19a-42(d)

Sec. 3

October 1, 2014

46b-172(a)

Sec. 4

October 1, 2014

19a-7h(b) and (c)

Sec. 5

October 1, 2014

19a-4j

Sec. 6

October 1, 2014

New section

Sec. 7

October 1, 2014

19a-561

Sec. 8

October 1, 2014

19a-110(d)

Sec. 9

October 1, 2014

19a-111

Sec. 10

October 1, 2014

19a-111g

Sec. 11

October 1, 2014

19a-522b

Sec. 12

October 1, 2014

19a-181

Sec. 13

October 1, 2014

25-32(e)

Sec. 14

October 1, 2014

New section

Sec. 15

October 1, 2014

19a-494a

Sec. 16

October 1, 2014

19a-495(c)

Sec. 17

October 1, 2014

19a-175

Sec. 18

October 1, 2014

19a-177

Sec. 19

October 1, 2014

19a-180

Sec. 20

October 1, 2014

19a-179

Sec. 21

October 1, 2014

20-206mm

Sec. 22

October 1, 2014

20-206oo

Sec. 23

October 1, 2014

19a-179a

Sec. 24

October 1, 2014

19a-195a

Sec. 25

October 1, 2014

19a-179c

Sec. 26

October 1, 2014

New section

Sec. 27

October 1, 2014

New section

Sec. 28

October 1, 2014

19a-562a(a)

Sec. 29

October 1, 2014

19a-490k(c)

Sec. 30

October 1, 2014

19a-89b

Sec. 31

October 1, 2014

19a-72

Sec. 32

October 1, 2014

19a-2a

Sec. 33

October 1, 2014

19a-32

Sec. 34

from passage

20-10b(b)

Sec. 35

October 1, 2014

20-146(a)

Sec. 36

October 1, 2014

20-188

Sec. 37

October 1, 2014

20-195dd

Sec. 38

October 1, 2014

20-195n

Sec. 39

from passage

20-252

Sec. 40

from passage

20-413

Sec. 41

from passage

10a-155b(a)

Sec. 42

October 1, 2014

20-74ee(a)(4)

Sec. 43

October 1, 2014

20-126l(k)

Sec. 44

October 1, 2014

19a-29a

Sec. 45

October 1, 2014

20-482

Sec. 46

October 1, 2014

20-402(b)

Sec. 47

July 1, 2014

20-9(b)

Sec. 48

October 1, 2014

20-13c

Sec. 49

October 1, 2014

19a-194

Sec. 50

October 1, 2014

20-71

Sec. 51

from passage

20-74s(d)

Sec. 52

October 1, 2014

Repealer section

PH

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

JUD

Joint Favorable