Assembly Committee to Hear Single-Room Licensure Bill

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee is expected to approve next week a measure that would require the licensure of Single Room Surgical Practices (SRSPs). S-2780, sponsored by Senator Joseph Vitale (D – Middlesex), was amended earlier this  year to exempt all SRSPs from the gross receipts assessment currently paid by ambulatory care facilities, exempt CMS certified SRSPs from the “physical plant and functional requirements” in the current Department of Health & Senior Services regulations, and require the Department to promulgate regulations that better reflect the unique characteristics of a Single Room Surgical Practice.  Observers expect the Assembly to add additional amendments that would apply a “grandfather” exemption to all existing SRSPs regardless  of CMS certification.

Single-room surgical practices are currently defined in the law as a practice which:

  1. has no more than one room dedicated for use as an operating room which is specifically equipped to perform surgery, and is designed and constructed to accommodate invasive diagnostic and surgical procedures;
  2. has one or more post-anesthesia care units or a dedicated recovery area where the patient may be closely monitored and observed until discharged; and
  3. is established by a physician, physician professional association surgical practice, or other professional practice form specified by the State Board of Medical Examiners pursuant to regulation solely for the physician’s, association’s or other professional entity’s private medical practice.

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