.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 3046 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. [144.615] BIRTH CENTERS.
1.4 Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions
1.5have the meanings given to them.
1.6(b) "Birth center" means a facility licensed for the primary purpose of performing
1.7low-risk deliveries that is not a hospital or licensed as part of a hospital and where births are
1.8planned to occur away from the mother's usual residence following a low-risk pregnancy.
1.9(c) "CABC" means the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.
1.10(d) "Low-risk pregnancy" means a normal, uncomplicated prenatal course as
1.11determined by documentation of adequate prenatal care and the anticipation of a normal
1.12uncomplicated labor and birth, as defined by reasonable and generally accepted criteria
1.13adopted by professional groups for maternal, fetal, and neonatal health care.
1.14 Subd. 2. License required. (a) Beginning January 1, 2011, no birth center shall be
1.15established, operated, or maintained in the state without first obtaining a license from the
1.16commissioner of health according to this section.
1.17(b) A license issued under this section is not transferable or assignable and is subject
1.18to suspension or revocation at any time for failure to comply with this section.
1.19(c) A birth center licensed under this section shall not assert, represent, offer,
1.20provide, or imply that the center is or may render care or services other than the services it
1.21is permitted to render within the scope of the license or the accreditation issued.
1.22(d) The license must be conspicuously posted in an area where patients are admitted.
1.23 Subd. 3. Temporary license. For new birth centers planning to begin operations
1.24after January 1, 2011, the commissioner may issue a temporary license to the birth center
1.25that is valid for a period of six months from the date of issuance. The birth center must
1.26submit to the commissioner an application and applicable fee for licensure as required
1.27under subdivision 4. The application must include the information required in subdivision
2.14, clauses (1) to (3) and (5) to (7), and documentation that the birth center has submitted
2.2an application for accreditation to the CABC. Upon receipt of accreditation from the
2.3CABC, the birth center must submit to the commissioner the information required in
2.4subdivision 4, clause (4), and the applicable fee under subdivision 8. The commissioner
2.5shall issue a new license.
2.6 Subd. 4. Application. An application for a licensure to operate a birth center and
2.7the applicable fee under subdivision 8 must be submitted to the commissioner on a form
2.8provided by the commissioner and must contain:
2.9(1) the name of the applicant;
2.10(2) the site location of the birth center;
2.11(3) the name of the person in charge of the center;
2.12(4) documentation that the accreditation described under subdivision 6 has been
2.13issued, including the effective date and the expiration date of the accreditation, and the
2.14date of the last site visit by the CABC;
2.15(5) the number of patients the birth center is capable of serving at a given time;
2.16(6) the names and license numbers, if applicable, of the health care professionals
2.17on staff at the birth center; and
2.18(7) any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
2.19 Subd. 5. Suspension, revocation, and refusal to renew. The commissioner may
2.20refuse to grant or renew, or may suspend or revoke, a license on any of the grounds
2.21described under section 144.55, subdivision 6, paragraph (a), clause (2), (3), or (4), or
2.22upon the loss of accreditation by the CABC. The applicant or licensee is entitled to notice
2.23and a hearing as described under section 144.55, subdivision 7, and a new license may be
2.24issued after proper inspection of the birth center has been conducted.
2.25 Subd. 6. Standards for licensure. (a) To be eligible for licensure under this
2.26section, a birth center must be accredited by the CABC or must obtain accreditation
2.27within six months of the date of the application for licensure. If the birth center loses its
2.28accreditation, the birth center must immediately notify the commissioner.
2.29(b) The center must have procedures in place specifying criteria by which risk status
2.30will be established and applied to each woman at admission and during labor.
2.31(c) The birth center shall provide the commissioner of health, upon request, with any
2.32material submitted by the birth center to the CABC as part of the accreditation process,
2.33including the accreditation application, the self-evaluation report, the accreditation
2.34decision letter from the CABC, and any reports from the CABC following a site visit.
2.35 Subd. 7. Limitations of services. (a) The following limitations apply to the services
2.36performed at a birth center:
3.1(1) surgical procedures must be limited to those normally accomplished during an
3.2uncomplicated birth, including episiotomy and repair;
3.3(2) no abortions may be administered; and
3.4(3) no general or regional anesthesia may be administered.
3.5(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), local anesthesia may be administered at a birth
3.6center if the administration of the anesthetic is performed within the scope of practice of a
3.7health care professional.
3.8 Subd. 8. Fees. (a) The biennial license fee for a birth center is $........
3.9(b) The temporary license fee is $.......
3.10(c) Fees shall be collected and deposited according to section 144.122.
3.11 Subd. 9. Renewal. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a license issued under
3.12this section expires two years from the date of issue.
3.13(b) A temporary license issued under subdivision 3 expires six months from the date
3.14of issue, and may be renewed for one additional six-month period.
3.15(c) An application for renewal shall be submitted at least 60 days prior to expiration
3.16of the license on forms prescribed by the commissioner of health.
3.17 Subd. 10. Records. All health records maintained on each client by a birth center
3.18are subject to sections 144.292 to 144.298.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 144.651, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Definitions.
For the purposes of this section, "patient" means a person
who is admitted to an acute care inpatient facility for a continuous period longer than
24 hours, for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment bearing on the physical or mental
health of that person. For purposes of subdivisions 4 to 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, and 18 to 20,
"patient" also means a person who receives health care services at an outpatient surgical
center or at a birth center licensed under section 144.615
. "Patient" also means a minor
who is admitted to a residential program as defined in section
. For purposes of
subdivisions 1, 3 to 16, 18, 20 and 30, "patient" also means any person who is receiving
mental health treatment on an outpatient basis or in a community support program or other
community-based program. "Resident" means a person who is admitted to a nonacute care
facility including extended care facilities, nursing homes, and boarding care homes for
care required because of prolonged mental or physical illness or disability, recovery from
injury or disease, or advancing age. For purposes of all subdivisions except subdivisions
28 and 29, "resident" also means a person who is admitted to a facility licensed as a board
and lodging facility under Minnesota Rules, parts 4625.0100 to 4625.2355, or a supervised
living facility under Minnesota Rules, parts 4665.0100 to 4665.9900, and which operates
a rehabilitation program licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.4100 to 9530.4450.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 144A.51, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
Subd. 5. Health facility.
"Health facility" means a facility or that part of a facility
which is required to be licensed pursuant to sections
facility or that part of a facility which is required to be licensed under any law of this state
which provides for the licensure of nursing homes.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 256B.0625, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
4.10 Subd. 54. Services provided in birth centers. Medical assistance covers services
4.11provided by a birth center licensed under section 144.615 if the service would otherwise
4.12be covered if provided in a hospital. The commissioner shall apply for any necessary
4.13waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow birth centers and
4.14birth center providers to be reimbursed.
Delete the title and insert:
relating to health; establishing licensure for birth centers; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2008, sections 144.651, subdivision 2; 144A.51, subdivision 5;
256B.0625, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 144."