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37.106.506    MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR OUTPATIENT CENTERS FOR SURGICAL SERVICES

(1) An outpatient center must:

(a) meet the requirements of ARM Title 37, chapter 106, subchapter 3 relating to the minimum standards for all health care facilities;

(b) to the extent that other licensure rules in ARM Title 37, chapter 106, subchapter 3 conflict with the terms of this subchapter, the rules in this subchapter will apply;

(c) have a written policy and procedure manual as described in ARM 37.106.507 available to, and followed by, all personnel;

(d) establish a coordinated transfer of care for patients who require services longer than 24 hours or for patients requiring care beyond the capabilities of the outpatient center. This coordinated transfer of care must include one of the following:

(i) a written transfer agreement with the receiving hospital;

(ii) one or more physicians with surgical privileges in the outpatient center must have admitting privileges at the receiving hospital and are present in the outpatient center during any surgical procedure; or

(iii) the receiving hospital writes a coordinated transfer policy and specifies the respective roles and responsibilities of the outpatient center upon arrival at the receiving hospital; and

(e) in transferring patients, the outpatient center must:

(i) coordinate and provide notice to the receiving hospital, including the reason for the transfer prior to the patient's transfer; and

(ii) provide the patient's medical records to the receiving hospital during the transfer.

(2) An outpatient center may:

(a) show written evidence of current accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) including recommendations for future compliance as a condition of licensure; or

(b) meet the standards as specified in ARM 37.106.507 through 37.106.515.

History: 50-5-103, MCA; IMP, 50-5-103, MCA; NEW, 2013 MAR p. 1626, Eff. 9/6/13.

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