Hospital data reporting; charity care policies and other activities, clarifies definition. (HB2225)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Hospital data reporting; charity care and other activities. Defines "charity care" as care provided in accordance with a provider's policy of providing health care services free of charge or at a reduced rate because of the indigence or medical indigence of the patient. The bill requires all hospitals, doctors of medicine and osteopathy, and dentists licensed to practice as oral and maxillofacial surgeons to establish charity care policies and post information about such policies in a public place; requires health care providers to submit to the Commissioner of Health data on the amount of charity care provided; provides that the value of charity care shall be determined in accordance with fee schedules for Medicare services established by CMS; provides that in the case of a health care provider providing services at more than one facility, charity care shall be reported for each facility at which services are provided and shall not be aggregated by the provider; and requires not-for-profit hospitals to (i) conduct community needs assessments and develop strategies to meet the needs identified, (ii) establish financial assistance policies for patients, (iii) establish limits on charges for emergency and other medically necessary care for individuals eligible for assistance under the financial assistance policy, and (iv) ensure that the hospital does not engage in extraordinary actions to collect amounts owed before determining whether the person is eligible for financial assistance. The bill also requires not-for-profit hospitals to report annually to the Commissioner of Health on (a) the outcomes of the community needs assessment and the implementation of the strategy developed to meet the community health needs identified through such assessment; (b) the financial assistance policy and the utilization thereof; and (c) the steps the hospital has undertaken to determine whether a person to whom services have been delivered is eligible for assistance under the hospital's financial assistance policy and efforts of the hospital to ensure that any collections activities undertaken by the hospital to collect amounts owed by such persons are not extraordinary action. Such report shall also include (1) a statement disclosing any for-profit subsidiaries owned by the not-for-profit hospital and (2) a statement of the amount of compensation paid by the not-for-profit hospital to executive staff of the hospital. Amends § 32.1-102.2, § 32.1-102.4, § 32.1-137.01, § 32.1-276.3, § 32.1-276.5, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

02/16/2017: Incorporated into Another Bill

History

DateAction
01/11/2017Committee
01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102306D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/13/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB2225)
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/25/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 1-N)
01/31/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2017Read first time
02/02/2017Read second time
02/02/2017Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2017Engrossed by House as amended HB2225E
02/02/2017Printed as engrossed 17102306D-E
02/03/2017Read third time and passed House (61-Y 34-N)
02/03/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (61-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB2225E)
02/06/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/2017Incorporated by Education and Health (HB2101-Byron) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 55 seconds.