§ 23-17.14-18. Prior approval Closings or significant reduction of medical services.
(a) No hospital emergency department or primary care services which existed for at least one year and which significantly serve uninsured or underinsured individuals shall be eliminated or significantly reduced without the prior approval of the director in accordance with this section.
(b) Prior to the elimination or significant reduction of an emergency department or primary care services which existed for at least one year and which significantly serve uninsured or underinsured individuals, the hospital shall provide a written plan to the director which shall describe the impact of the proposal on:
(1) Access to healthcare services for traditionally underserved populations;
(2) The delivery of healthcare services on the affected community; and
(3) Other licensed hospitals or healthcare providers in the affected community or in the state.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision in the general laws, the director shall have the sole authority to review all plans submitted under this section and the director shall issue a decision within ninety (90) days or the request shall be deemed approved. The director may if deemed appropriate, issue public notice and allow a written comment period within sixty (60) days of receipt of the proposal.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 372, § 1.)