SENATE, No. 1468

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 22, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LORETTA WEINBERG

District 37 (Bergen)

Senator  SANDRA B. CUNNINGHAM

District 31 (Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Gordon

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires for-profit hospitals to report certain information to DHSS.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning for-profit hospitals and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    A general hospital licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) that is owned or managed by a for-profit entity shall be required to file with the Department of Health and Senior Services, and with the local health department of each municipality in which the hospital operates a facility that provides health care services, and to post on the Internet web site of that hospital, the following information, as prescribed by regulation of the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services:

     a.     audited financial statements for the past three years and quarterly unaudited financial statements for the current year for the hospital and for any related or affiliated entity that does business with or otherwise transfers assets to or from the hospital;

     b.    financial and operating data that meet the standards set forth in Statement 18 of the Principles and Practices Board of the Healthcare Financial Management Association governing public disclosure of financial and operating information by health care providers;

     c.     a list of all payments for goods or services, including leases and rentals, made to any entity owned or managed, in whole or in part, by any owner, board member, or officer of the entity that owns or operates the hospital, or a person related to such an individual;

     d.    a list of all compensation, including salaries, benefits, bonuses, and deferred compensation, paid to each board member and officer of the hospital;

     e.     a chart that identifies all legal entities related to or affiliated with the hospital, including the full name of the entity, location, and its tax-exempt status;

     f.     whether the owners or managers of the hospital maintain one or more offices, employees, or agents outside the United States that do business with the hospital, and any revenues and expenses of more than $5,000 transacted outside the United States;

     g.     a list of investors and joint ventures between the hospital owners and its investors, including the name of the joint venture entity, whether for-profit or nonprofit, a description of its primary activity, and the percent of profit or stock ownership of each of the officers, directors, physicians, and key employees of the hospital in the joint venture;

     h.     the name and address of any management company paid to provide services to the hospital, a description of the primary activity of the company, and the percent of profit or stock ownership of each of the officers, directors, physicians and key employees of the hospital in the management company;

     i.      a list of any properties for which the hospital has claimed a tax abatement;

     j.     a description of major plant or facility expansion projects at the hospital, including the project location, scope, timeline for completion, and estimated cost of and sources of funding for construction; and

     k.    if the hospital had surplus revenues for the prior fiscal year, the total amount of any such surplus revenue used for each of the following:  debt retirement; plant or facility expansion; or a reserve for operating contingencies.

 

     2.    The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect on the 180th day after enactment, but the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance thereof as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires for-profit hospitals to report certain information to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and otherwise make that information available to the public.

     Specifically, the bill requires that a licensed general hospital that is owned or managed by a for-profit entity file with DHSS, and with the local health department of each municipality in which the hospital operates a facility that provides health care services, and post on the Internet web site of that hospital, the following information, as prescribed by regulation of the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services:

·   audited financial statements for the past three years and quarterly unaudited financial statements for the current year for the hospital and for any related or affiliated entity that does business with or otherwise transfers assets to or from the hospital;

·   financial and operating data that meet the standards set forth in Statement 18 of the Principles and Practices Board of the Healthcare Financial Management Association governing public disclosure of financial and operating information by health care providers;

·   a list of all payments for goods or services, including leases and rentals, made to any entity owned or managed, in whole or in part, by any owner, board member, or officer of the entity that owns or operates the hospital, or a person related to such an individual;

·   a list of all compensation, including salaries, benefits, bonuses, and deferred compensation, paid to each board member and officer of the hospital;

·   a chart that identifies all legal entities related to or affiliated with the hospital, including the full name of the entity, location, and its tax-exempt status;

·   whether the owners or managers of the hospital maintain one or more offices, employees, or agents outside the United States that do business with the hospital, and any revenues and expenses of more than $5,000 transacted outside the United States;

·   a list of investors and joint ventures between the hospital owners and its investors, including the name of the joint venture entity, whether for-profit or nonprofit, a description of its primary activity, and the percent of profit or stock ownership of each of the officers, directors, physicians, and key employees of the hospital in the joint venture;

·   the name and address of any management company paid to provide services to the hospital, a description of the primary activity of the company, and the percent of profit or stock ownership of each of the officers, directors, physicians and key employees of the hospital in the management company;

·   a list of any properties for which the hospital has claimed a tax abatement;

·   a description of major plant or facility expansion projects at the hospital, including the project location, scope, timeline for completion, and estimated cost of and sources of funding for construction; and

·   if the hospital had surplus revenues for the prior fiscal year, the total amount of any such surplus revenue used for each of the following:  debt retirement; plant or facility expansion; or a reserve for operating contingencies.

     The bill takes effect on the 180th day after enactment but authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to take anticipatory administrative action in advance as necessary for its implementation.