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RULE §511.12Application and Issuance of Initial License

(a) An applicant who meets the definition of a qualified rural hospital under §511.2(47) of this chapter (relating to Definitions) and is seeking a limited services rural hospital (LSRH) license shall submit the following documents to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) within 60 calendar days before the projected opening date of the LSRH:

  (1) an accurate and complete application form;

  (2) a copy of the LSRH's patient transfer policy, developed in accordance with §511.65 of this chapter (relating to Patient Transfer Policy) and signed by both the chairman and secretary of the LSRH's governing body attesting to the date the governing body adopted the policy and the policy's effective date;

  (3) a copy of the LSRH's memorandum of transfer form that contains at least the information described in §511.65 of this chapter;

  (4) a copy of a patient transfer agreement entered into between the LSRH and at least one hospital certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that is designated as a level I or level II trauma center in accordance with §511.66 of this chapter (relating to Patient Transfer Agreements);

  (5) a copy of a fire inspection approved by an individual certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection that is dated no earlier than one year before the application submission date; and

  (6) the appropriate license fee as required in §511.17 of this subchapter (relating to Fees).

(b) In addition to the document submittal requirements in subsection (a) of this section, the applicant must complete the following before HHSC will issue an LSRH license.

  (1) When HHSC requires an architectural inspection, per HHSC instructions, submit written approval from HHSC confirming compliance with Subchapters F and G of this chapter (relating to Fire Prevention and Safety and Physical Plant and Construction Requirements, respectively).

    (A) HHSC requires an architectural inspection when a qualifying rural hospital that has closed subsequently applies for an LSRH license.

    (B) A hospital applying for an LSRH license after being closed for 90 days or fewer shall inform HHSC of the entity maintaining the facility during the closure period, if any, and provide maintenance and facility condition documentation, such as logbooks and photographs. HHSC may waive the architectural inspection if HHSC determines the documentation indicates an acceptable maintenance history and facility condition.

    (C) HHSC may waive the architectural inspection for a currently operating qualifying rural hospital that applies for an LSRH license.

  (2) If the applicant intends to add on any new services as an LSRH that the applicant did not offer while licensed as a general or special hospital, the applicant must comply with Subchapter G of this chapter as applicable.

  (3) The applicant or the applicant's representative shall attend a prelicensure conference conducted by HHSC. HHSC may waive the prelicensure conference requirement at its discretion.

(c) Subject to subsection (g) of this section, when HHSC determines the applicant has complied with subsections (a) and (b) of this section, HHSC shall issue the LSRH license to the applicant.

  (1) The license is effective on the issue date.

  (2) The license expires on the last day of the month two years after the issue date.

(d) If an applicant decides not to continue the application process for a license, the applicant may withdraw the application. The applicant shall submit a written withdrawal request to HHSC. HHSC shall acknowledge receipt of the application withdrawal request.

(e) If the applicant does not complete all requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section within six months after the date HHSC receives the application and payment, HHSC may deny the application.

(f) Any fee paid for a withdrawn application under subsection (d) or (e) of this section is nonrefundable, as indicated by §511.17(a) of this subchapter.

(g) Denial of a license shall be governed by §511.121 of this chapter (relating to Enforcement).

(h) Once the LSRH is operational and providing services, HHSC shall conduct an inspection of the LSRH to ascertain compliance with the provisions of Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 241 to the extent it does not conflict with Subchapter K and this chapter. This inspection may be conducted at the same time as the inspection to determine compliance with Code of Federal Regulations Title 42, Part 482 (relating to Conditions of Participation for Hospitals).

(i) An LSRH seeking relocation shall comply with all requirements of this section, except the prelicensure conference required under subsection (b)(3) of this section. An initial license for the relocated facility is effective on the issue date. The previous license is void on the date the previous location closes. The facility must notify HHSC once the previous location has closed.

Source Note: The provisions of this §511.12 adopted to be effective October 5, 2023, 48 TexReg 5668

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