GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2015-288
SENATE BILL 698
AN ACT to PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED LAW.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 131E‑176 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:
"(14f) "Legacy Medical Care Facility" means an institution that meets all of the following requirements:
a. Is not presently operating.
b. Has not continuously operated for at least the past six months.
c. Within the last 24 months:
1. Was operated by a person holding a license under G.S. 131E‑77; and
2. Was primarily engaged in providing to inpatients, by or under supervision of physicians, (i) diagnostic services and therapeutic services for medical diagnosis, treatment, and care of injured, disabled, or sick persons or (ii) rehabilitation services for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick persons."
SECTION 2. G.S. 131E‑184 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
"(h) The Department shall exempt from certificate of need review the acquisition or reopening of a Legacy Medical Care Facility. The person seeking to operate a Legacy Medical Care Facility must give the Department written notice (i) of its intention to acquire or reopen a Legacy Medical Care Facility and (ii) that the hospital will be operational within 36 months of the notice."
SECTION 3. G.S. 131E‑13 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
"(h) A municipality or hospital authority that has complied with the requirements of subdivisions (1) through (6) of subsection (d) of this section but has not, following good‑faith negotiations, approved any lease, sale, or conveyance as required by subdivisions (7) and (8) of subsection (d) of this section may, not less than 120 days following the public hearing required by subdivision (5) of subsection (d) of this section, solicit additional prospective lessees or buyers not previously solicited as required by subdivision (2) of subsection (d) of this section and may approve any lease, sale, or conveyance without the necessity to repeat compliance with the requirements of subdivisions (1) through (6) of subsection (d) of this section, except for the following:
(1) Before considering any proposal to lease or purchase the hospital facility or part thereof, the municipality or hospital authority shall require information on charges, services, and indigent care at similar facilities leased, owned, or operated by the proposed lessee or buyer.
(2) The municipality or hospital authority shall declare its intent to approve any lease or sale in the manner authorized by this subsection at a regular or special meeting held on 10 days' public notice. Such notice shall state that copies of the lease, sale, or conveyance proposed for approval will be available 10 days prior to the regular or special meeting required by subdivision (3) of this subsection and that the lease, sale, or conveyance shall be considered for approval at a regular or special meeting not less than 10 days following the regular or special meeting required by this subsection. Notice shall be given by publication in one or more papers of general circulation in the affected area describing the intent to lease, sell, or convey the hospital facility involved and the potential buyer or lessee.
(3) Not less than 10 days following the regular or special meeting required by subdivision (2) of this subsection, the municipality or hospital authority shall approve any lease, sale, or conveyance by a resolution at a regular or special meeting.
(4) At least 10 days before the regular or special meeting at which any lease, sale, or conveyance is approved, the municipality or hospital authority shall make copies of the proposed contract available to the public."
SECTION 4. Article 1E of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes and Article 9A of Chapter 131E of the General Statutes are repealed.
SECTION 5. G.S. 131E‑23 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:
"§ 131E‑23. Powers of the authority.
(a) An authority shall have all powers necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of this Part, including the following powers, which are in addition to those powers granted elsewhere in this Part:
(38) To engage in health care activities outside the State."
SECTION 6. Section 4 of this act is effective January 1, 2018. The remainder of this act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 29th day of September, 2015.
s/ Philip E. Berger
President of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Pat McCrory
Approved 9:30 a.m. this 29th day of October, 2015