Public Hearing Set for Revised Licensure Rules for Hospitals, Other Health Facilities
Posted on May 03, 2019
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Community and Health Systems has announced a public hearing for the new administrative rules for Licensing Health Facilities or Agencies will be held at 2 p.m. June 6 in Lansing. The hearing is the next step in the process LARA began in May 2017 to modernize the rules into a single, streamlined rule set.
The LARA Bureau of Community and Health Systems performs state licensing and federal certification regulatory duties for hospitals and other health facilities, as required by state and federal law. As part of LARA’s modernization plan, the MHA and some individual hospitals participated in several work group meetings over the past two years to review the rules for hospitals and freestanding surgical outpatient facilities.
The MHA’s input stressed that any revisions need to be consistent with current federal requirements and practice standards, avoid duplication and directly relate to the bureau’s statutory authority, be clear, and be written in such a way as to accommodate the use of midlevel and other nonphysician providers where allowed by law. The current Minimum Standards for Hospitals are the most outdated of the rules and the new draft has significantly updated the requirements, as well as the regulations for Freestanding Surgical Outpatient facilities.
Although the hearing will be held June 6, the state will accept written public comments until 5 p.m. June 7. Those comments can be emailed directly to Tammy Bagby at the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, with a copy to Paige Fults at the MHA. Members with questions should contact Amy Barkholz at the MHA.
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