Exempt Ocular Surgery from CON Laws

nc-stampHB 344 – Exempt Ocular Surgery from CON Laws

Primary Sponsors: Rep. Michael Speciale (R – Craven), Rep. Mike Clampitt (R – Swain)

This bill would exempt ophthalmologists who perform certain ocular surgical procedures from CON laws. This bill defines an “ocular surgical procedure” as a procedure that requires local, regional or general anesthesia and less than 24 hours of post-operational care. The licensed ophthalmologist would be required to do the following:

  • Turn in the license application to the Division of Health Service Regulation by December 31, 2017.
  • Verify within 60 days after the effective date of this act that the facility is in operation at that time, or has completed a building permit application.
  • The facility is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities.
  • The license application includes a plan for serving indigent and medically underserved populations.

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