Critical access hospital, rural area defined.
ENTITLED, An Act to
refine the definition of a critical access hospital.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
That subdivision (8) of
be amended to read as follows:
"Critical access hospital," any nonprofit or public hospital providing emergency care on
a twenty-four hour basis located in a rural area which has limited acute inpatient
services, focusing on primary and preventive care, and which has in effect an agreement
with a general hospital that provides emergency and medical backup services and
accepts patient referrals from the critical access hospital
. For the purposes of this
subdivision, a rural area is any municipality of under fifty thousand population
Signed February 3, 2005