PA 17-95—SB 904

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING FACILITIES GUIDELINES FOR TECHNICAL REVIEW OF FACILITY CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION

SUMMARY: This act requires a health care institution planning a construction or building alteration project to provide the project plan to the Department of Public Health (DPH) for review.

The project must comply with DPH-approved, nationally established facility guidelines for health care construction in effect when the institution submits the plan to the department. Under the act, the DPH commissioner must post a reference to the guidelines, including their effective date, on the department's website. Institutions are not required to include in the plan any matters outside the scope and applicability of the guidelines.

By law, these projects must comply with state health care facility licensing laws and regulations and Connecticut's public health, building, and fire codes, among other requirements.

Under existing law, DPH charges a fee for technical assistance it provides for the design, review, and development of a health care institution's construction, renovation, sale, or ownership change. The fee is $565 for projects costing $1 million or less and 0.25% of the total construction cost for projects that cost more than $1 million.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Health Care Institutions

By law, a health care institution is a public or private institution or agency licensed or certified by the state to provide health care. It includes, among other things, a hospital, nursing home, residential care home, home health care agency, assisted living facility, hospice program, substance abuse treatment facility, outpatient clinic, and outpatient surgical center (CGS 19a-490).