Bill Text: TX SB850 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to a study on freestanding emergency medical care facilities.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-01 - Referred to Health & Human Services [SB850 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB850-Introduced.html
  86R8676 EAS-D
 
  By: Johnson S.B. No. 850
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a study on freestanding emergency medical care
  facilities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  (a)  In this Act:
               (1)  "Commission" means the Health and Human Services
  Commission.
               (2)  "Facility" means a freestanding emergency medical
  care facility licensed under Chapter 254, Health and Safety Code.
         (b)  The commission shall conduct a study on freestanding
  emergency medical care facilities that:
               (1)  reviews the impact facilities have on medically
  underserved and rural areas of this state;
               (2)  reviews the impact facilities have on rural
  hospitals in this state;
               (3)  reviews the impact facilities have on hospital
  emergency rooms in this state;
               (4)  reviews complaints filed against facilities;
               (5)  examines the reasons facilities have closed;
               (6)  examines the reasons facilities have filed
  petitions for bankruptcy;
               (7)  examines patient protections provided by
  facilities and patient health care coverage available at the
  facilities;
               (8)  examines the location of facilities, the growth
  patterns of new facilities, and the proximity of the new facilities
  to hospital emergency rooms; and
               (9)  identifies gaps in emergency medical care
  treatment that are filled by facilities.
         (c)  Not later than December 1, 2020, the commission shall
  prepare and submit to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of
  the house of representatives, and members of the legislature a
  written report that includes a summary of the results of the study
  conducted under this section and any legislative recommendations
  based on the study.
         (d)  This Act expires September 1, 2021.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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