Senate File 2327 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2327 BY COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT (SUCCESSOR TO SSB 3111) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the elimination of the hospital licensing 1 board, and providing for repeals. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5529SV (1) 88 pf/rh
S.F. 2327 Section 1. Section 135B.5, subsection 1, Code 2020, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. Upon receipt of an application for license and the 3 license fee, the department shall issue a license if the 4 applicant and hospital facilities comply with this chapter , 5 chapter 135 , and the rules of the department. Each licensee 6 shall receive annual reapproval upon payment of five hundred 7 dollars and upon filing of an application form which is 8 available from the department. The annual licensure fee shall 9 be dedicated to support and provide educational programs on 10 regulatory issues for hospitals licensed under this chapter in 11 consultation with the hospital licensing board . Licenses shall 12 be either general or restricted in form. Each license shall be 13 issued only for the premises and persons or governmental units 14 named in the application and is not transferable or assignable 15 except with the written approval of the department. Licenses 16 shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the licensed premises 17 as prescribed by rule of the department. 18 Sec. 2. Section 135B.7, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code 19 2020, is amended to read as follows: 20 a. The department, with the advice and approval of the 21 hospital licensing board and approval of the state board of 22 health, shall adopt rules setting out the standards for the 23 different types of hospitals to be licensed under this chapter . 24 The department shall enforce the rules. 25 Sec. 3. REPEAL. Sections 135B.10 and 135B.11, Code 2020, 26 are repealed. 27 EXPLANATION 28 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 29 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 30 This bill relates to the elimination of the hospital 31 licensing board. The current duties of the hospital licensing 32 board, which is comprised of six individual appointed by the 33 governor, include consulting with and advising the department 34 of public health (DPH) in matters of policy affecting the 35 -1- LSB 5529SV (1) 88 pf/rh 1/ 2
S.F. 2327 administration of Code chapter 135B (licensure and regulation 1 of hospitals), developing rules and standards provided for 2 under Code chapter 135B, and reviewing and approving rules and 3 standards authorized under Code chapter 135B prior to their 4 approval by the state board of health and adoption by the 5 department. 6 The bill eliminates the hospital licensing board and 7 provides that DPH, with the approval of the state board of 8 health, shall adopt rules setting out the standards for the 9 different types of hospitals to be licensed. 10 -2- LSB 5529SV (1) 88 pf/rh 2/ 2