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SF 2702

1st Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/04/2010 11:41am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
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.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [144.615] BIRTH CENTERS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions
have the meanings given to them.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Birth center" means a facility licensed for the primary purpose of performing
low-risk deliveries that is not a hospital or licensed as part of a hospital and where births are
planned to occur away from the mother's usual residence following a low-risk pregnancy.
new text end

new text begin (c) "CABC" means the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Low-risk pregnancy" means a normal, uncomplicated prenatal course as
determined by documentation of adequate prenatal care and the anticipation of a normal
uncomplicated labor and birth, as defined by reasonable and generally accepted criteria
adopted by professional groups for maternal, fetal, and neonatal health care.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin License required. new text end

new text begin (a) Beginning January 1, 2011, no birth center shall be
established, operated, or maintained in the state without first obtaining a license from the
commissioner of health according to this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) A license issued under this section is not transferable or assignable and is subject
to suspension or revocation at any time for failure to comply with this section.
new text end

new text begin (c) A birth center licensed under this section shall not assert, represent, offer,
provide, or imply that the center is or may render care or services other than the services it
is permitted to render within the scope of the license or the accreditation issued.
new text end

new text begin (d) The license must be conspicuously posted in an area where patients are admitted.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Temporary license. new text end

new text begin For new birth centers planning to begin operations
after January 1, 2011, the commissioner may issue a temporary license to the birth center
that is valid for a period of six months from the date of issuance. The birth center must
submit to the commissioner an application and applicable fee for licensure as required
under subdivision 4. The application must include the information required in subdivision
4, clauses (1) to (3) and (5) to (7), and documentation that the birth center has submitted
an application for accreditation to the CABC. Upon receipt of accreditation from the
CABC, the birth center must submit to the commissioner the information required in
subdivision 4, clause (4), and the applicable fee under subdivision 8. The commissioner
shall issue a new license.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin An application for a licensure to operate a birth center and
the applicable fee under subdivision 8 must be submitted to the commissioner on a form
provided by the commissioner and must contain:
new text end

new text begin (1) the name of the applicant;
new text end

new text begin (2) the site location of the birth center;
new text end

new text begin (3) the name of the person in charge of the center;
new text end

new text begin (4) documentation that the accreditation described under subdivision 6 has been
issued, including the effective date and the expiration date of the accreditation, and the
date of the last site visit by the CABC;
new text end

new text begin (5) the number of patients the birth center is capable of serving at a given time;
new text end

new text begin (6) the names and license numbers, if applicable, of the health care professionals
on staff at the birth center; and
new text end

new text begin (7) any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Suspension, revocation, and refusal to renew. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may
refuse to grant or renew, or may suspend or revoke, a license on any of the grounds
described under section 144.55, subdivision 6, paragraph (a), clause (2), (3), or (4), or
upon the loss of accreditation by the CABC. The applicant or licensee is entitled to notice
and a hearing as described under section 144.55, subdivision 7, and a new license may be
issued after proper inspection of the birth center has been conducted.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Standards for licensure. new text end

new text begin (a) To be eligible for licensure under this
section, a birth center must be accredited by the CABC or must obtain accreditation
within six months of the date of the application for licensure. If the birth center loses its
accreditation, the birth center must immediately notify the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) The center must have procedures in place specifying criteria by which risk status
will be established and applied to each woman at admission and during labor.
new text end

new text begin (c) The birth center shall provide the commissioner of health, upon request, with any
material submitted by the birth center to the CABC as part of the accreditation process,
including the accreditation application, the self-evaluation report, the accreditation
decision letter from the CABC, and any reports from the CABC following a site visit.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Limitations of services. new text end

new text begin (a) The following limitations apply to the services
performed at a birth center:
new text end

new text begin (1) surgical procedures must be limited to those normally accomplished during an
uncomplicated birth, including episiotomy and repair;
new text end

new text begin (2) no abortions may be administered; and
new text end

new text begin (3) no general or regional anesthesia may be administered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), local anesthesia may be administered at a birth
center if the administration of the anesthetic is performed within the scope of practice of a
health care professional.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Fees. new text end

new text begin (a) The biennial license fee for a birth center is $........
new text end

new text begin (b) The temporary license fee is $.......
new text end

new text begin (c) Fees shall be collected and deposited according to section 144.122.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Renewal. new text end

new text begin (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a license issued under
this section expires two years from the date of issue.
new text end

new text begin (b) A temporary license issued under subdivision 3 expires six months from the date
of issue, and may be renewed for one additional six-month period.
new text end

new text begin (c) An application for renewal shall be submitted at least 60 days prior to expiration
of the license on forms prescribed by the commissioner of health.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Records. new text end

new text begin All health records maintained on each client by a birth center
are subject to sections 144.292 to 144.298.
new text end

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
centernew text begin or at a birth center licensed under section 144.615new text end. "Patient" also means a minor
who is admitted to a residential program as defined in section 253C.01. 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 144.50 to 144.58, new text begin144.615, new text endand a
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:


new text begin Subd. 54. new text end

new text begin Services provided in birth centers. new text end

new text begin Medical assistance covers services
provided by a birth center licensed under section 144.615 if the service would otherwise
be covered if provided in a hospital. The commissioner shall apply for any necessary
waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow birth centers and
birth center providers to be reimbursed.
new text end