Senate Amendments to House Bill No. 929
TO THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE:
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT THE SENATE HAS ADOPTED THE AMENDMENTS SET OUT BELOW:
AMENDMENT NO. 1
Amend by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
SECTION 1. Section 41-85-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
41-85-7. (1) The administration of this chapter is vested in the Mississippi Department of Health, which shall:
(a) Prepare and furnish all forms necessary under the provisions of this chapter in relation to applications for licensure or renewals thereof;
(b) Collect in advance at the time of filing an application for a license or at the time of renewal of a license a fee of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each site or location of the licensee;
(c) Levy a fee of Eighteen Dollars ($18.00) per bed for the review of inpatient hospice care;
(d) Conduct annual licensure inspections of all licensees which may be the same inspection as the annual Medicare certification inspection; and
(e) Promulgate applicable rules and standards in furtherance of the purpose of this chapter and may amend such rules as may be necessary. The rules shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(i) The qualifications of professional and ancillary personnel in order to adequately furnish hospice care;
(ii) Standards for the organization and quality of patient care;
(iii) Procedures for maintaining records; and
(iv) Provision for the inpatient component of hospice care and for other professional and ancillary hospice services.
(2) All fees collected by the department under this section shall be used by the department exclusively for the purposes of licensure, regulation, inspection, investigations and discipline of hospices under this chapter.
(3) The State Department of Health shall not process any new applications for hospice licensure after January 2007 until the department can substantiate that all current licenses and their branches have been surveyed in conjunction with rules and regulations set forth by the department to survey such licenses and branches.
(4) This section shall stand repealed on July 1, 2008.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.
Further, amend by striking the title in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 41-85-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE CERTAIN FEES CHARGED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR HOSPICE LICENSURE AND REGULATION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
John O. Gilbert
Secretary of the Senate