On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Sen. Irene Aguilar introduced SB 14-016 – Concerning the Ability of Certain Health Care Facilities to Provide Emergency Services Outside a Hospital Setting. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.
Under current law, the department of public health and environment issues a community clinic license to a community clinic that provides emergency services.
The bill permits the department to continue issuing a community clinic license to a community clinic that provides emergency care if the community clinic is located more than 25 miles from a hospital in the state. On or after two years from the bill’s effective date, all other freestanding emergency rooms must be owned and operated by a licensed or certified hospital. Assigned to the Health and Human Services Committee.