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37.106.1006    DEFINITIONS

(1) "Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers" means the organization nationally recognized by that name and that surveys outpatient birth center facilities upon their request and grants accreditation status to the outpatient birth center that it finds meets its standards and requirements.

(2) "Low risk patient" means a pregnant woman with a normal, uncomplicated prenatal course as determined by adequate prenatal care and prospects for a normal, uncomplicated birth as defined by reasonable and generally accepted criteria of maternal and fetal health.

(3) "Medical director" means a physician licensed under Title 37, MCA, who oversees the services provided in an outpatient center for primary care. The medical director may also serve in the outpatient center for primary care as a licensed health care professional.

(4) "Outpatient birth center" means a facility that provides comprehensive prenatal, delivery, and newborn care to ambulatory, low risk patients under the direction of a health care provider who is licensed under Title 37, MCA, and is operating within the scope of practice allowed by the health care provider's license. Outpatient birthing services are provided on an outpatient basis for a period of generally less than 24 consecutive hours, unless requiring transfer to another level of care if medically indicated.

(5) "Outpatient center for primary care" means a facility that provides, under the direction of a licensed physician, either diagnosis or treatment, or both, to ambulatory patients and that is not an outpatient center for surgical services.

History: 50-5-103, 53-6-106, MCA; IMP, 50-5-103, 50-5-106, 50-5-114, 50-5-116, 50-5-201, 50-5-204, 50-5-207, MCA; NEW, 2011 MAR p. 578, Eff. 4/15/11.

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