DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Physician ownership of certain entities. Requires the state health commissioner to designate a hospital as a specialty hospital or a nonspecialty hospital upon issuance or renewal of a hospital's license. Specifies the procedure a hospital must follow to change the hospital's designation. Requires ambulatory outpatient surgical centers to report specified information to the state department of health. Requires the state department of health to publish an annual consumer guide to ambulatory outpatient surgical centers. Prohibits a physician with an ownership interest in a specialty hospital or an ambulatory outpatient surgical center from making certain patient referrals to the hospital or center. Makes a technical correction.