Part 2. Hospital Licensure.

§ 131E-77.  Licensure requirement.

(a)        No person or governmental unit shall establish or operate a hospital in this state without a license. An infirmary is not required to obtain a license under this Part.

(b)        The Commission shall prescribe by rule that any licensee or prospective applicant seeking to make specified types of alteration or addition to its facilities or to construct new facilities shall submit plans and specifications before commencement to the Department for preliminary inspection and approval or recommendations with respect to compliance with the applicable rules under this Part.

(c)        An applicant for licensing under this Part shall provide information related to hospital operations as requested by the Department. The required information shall be submitted by the applicant on forms provided by the Department and established by rule.

(d)       Upon receipt of an application for a license, the Department shall issue a license if it finds that the applicant complies with the provisions of this Article and the rules of the Commission. The Department shall renew each license in accordance with the rules of the Commission. The Department shall charge the applicant a nonrefundable annual base license fee plus a nonrefundable annual per-bed fee as follows:


Facility Type                        Number of Beds          Base Fee                     Per-Bed Fee

General Acute Hospitals:            1-49 beds                  $250.00                           $17.50

                                                    50-99 beds                $350.00                           $17.50

                                                    100-199 beds            $450.00                           $17.50

                                                    200-399 beds            $550.00                           $17.50

                                                    400-699 beds            $750.00                           $17.50

                                                    700+ beds                 $950.00                           $17.50

Other Hospitals:                                                            $500.00                           $17.50


(e)        The Department shall issue the license to the operator of the hospital who shall not transfer or assign it except with the written approval of the Department. The license shall designate the number and types of inpatient beds, the number of operating rooms, and the number of gastrointestinal endoscopy rooms.

(f)        The operator shall post the license on the licensed premises in an area accessible to the public.  (1947, c. 933, s. 6; 1949, c. 920, ss. 3, 4; 1963, c. 66; 1973, c. 476, s. 152; c. 1090, s. 1; 1975, c. 718, s. 2; 1983, c. 775, s. 1; 2003-284, s. 34.2(a); 2005-276, s. 41.2(b); 2005-346, s. 3; 2009-451, s. 10.76(e); 2011-145, s. 18.10(c); 2011-391, s. 42.1.)