CHAPTER 179

(HB 1030)



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:

     Section  1.  That subdivision (8) of § 34-12-1.1 be amended to read as follows:

             (8)      "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 ; and


     Signed February 3, 2005
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