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RULE §13.15Survey Forms and Methods of Reporting Data

(a) The hospital shall use the online survey form specified by the Department of State Health Services (department) for reporting purposes. The department shall provide access to an electronic survey form, including instructions to each hospital on how to submit hospital data electronically on an annual basis.

(b) The submitting of data for the Annual Survey of Hospitals (ASH) and the Annual Statement of Community Benefits Standard (ASCBS) will be collected by one online survey form; however, the ASCBS will be required only for nonprofit hospitals. In addition, nonprofit hospitals will be permitted to file the ASCBS at a separate date from filing of the ASH data since state law requires the ASCBS to be filed no later than 120 days after the hospital's fiscal year ends and that date may not coincide with the date for the ASH.

(c) The hospitals shall complete all requested sections on the electronic survey form and submit it electronically to the department within 60 days of receipt unless the nonprofit hospital chooses to submit the ASCBS at a different date as allowed by Chapter 311. The hospitals shall submit data for the hospitals' most recently completed fiscal year. A copy of the hospital's eligibility system and any other information requested shall be sent to the department by regular mail.

(d) The department may request missing or incomplete data by written or telephone request. Hospitals shall complete all requested follow-up in the time frame specified by the department.

(e) A hospital may, but is not required to, provide the data for the ASH if the hospital:

  (1) is exempt from state franchise, sales, ad valorem, or other state or local taxes; and

  (2) does not seek or receive reimbursement for providing health care services to patients from any source, including:

    (A) the patient or any person legally obligated to support the patient;

    (B) a third party payor; or

    (C) Medicaid, Medicare, or any other federal, state, or local program for indigent health care.

Source Note: The provisions of this §13.15 adopted to be effective February 23, 1994, 19 TexReg 921; amended to be effective May 10, 1998, 23 TexReg 4269; amended to be effective February 8, 2001, 26 TexReg 1141; amended to be effective December 4, 2007, 32 TexReg 8827

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