Freestanding Emergency Departments Licensure | Mental Health Colorado Action Dashboard

HB 19-1010 - House Bill

Freestanding Emergency Departments Licensure

Jan 04, 2019
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed Into Law

The bill creates a new license, referred to as a "freestanding emergency department license", for the department of public health and environment to issue on or after July 1, 2022, to a health facility that offers emergency care, that may offer primary and urgent care services, and that is either:

Owned or operated by, or affiliated with, a hospital or hospital system and located more than 250 yards from the main campus of the hospital; or
Independent from and not operated by or affiliated with a hospital or hospital system and not attached to or situated within 250 yards of, or contained within, a hospital.
A facility licensed as a community clinic before July 1, 2010, and that serves a rural community or ski area is excluded from the definition of "freestanding emergency department".
The bill allows the department to waive the licensure requirements for a facility that is licensed as a community clinic or that is seeking community clinic licensure and serves an underserved population in the state.
The state board of health is to adopt rules regarding the new license, including rules to set licensure requirements and fees and safety and care standards.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Date Chamber Action
Jan 16, 2019 lower House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Finance
Jan 04, 2019 lower Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance