Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-08-29-.02 - LICENSING PROCEDURES

(1) No person, partnership, association, corporation, or state, county or local government unit, or any division, department, board or agency thereof, shall establish, conduct, operate, or maintain in the State of Tennessee any home care organization providing home medical equipment without having a license. A license shall be issued to the person or persons named and for the premises listed in the application for licensure. The name of the home care organization providing home medical equipment shall not be changed without first notifying the department in writing. Licenses are not transferable or assignable and shall expire and become invalid annually on the anniversary date of their original issuance. The license shall be conspicuously posted in the home care organization providing home medical equipment.
(2) In order to make application for a license:
(a) The applicant shall submit an application on a form prepared by the Department.
(b) Each applicant for a license shall pay an annual license fee in the amount of one thousand four hundred and four dollars ($1,404.00). The fee must be submitted with the initial application or renewal application and is not refundable.
(c) The issuance of an application form is in no way a guarantee that the completed application will be accepted or that a license will be issued by the Department. Patients shall not be admitted to the agency until a license has been issued. Applicants shall not hold themselves out to the public as being an agency until the license has been issued. A license shall not be issued until the agency is in substantial compliance with these rules.
(d) The applicant must prove the ability to meet the financial needs of the agency.
(e) The applicant shall not use subterfuge or other evasive means to obtain a license, such as filing for a license through a second party when an individual has been denied a license or has had a license disciplined or has attempted to avoid an inspection and review process.
(f) The applicant shall allow the home care organization providing home medical equipment to be inspected by a Department surveyor. In the event that deficiencies are noted, the applicant shall submit a plan of corrective action to the Board that must be accepted by the Board. Once the deficiencies have been corrected, then the Board shall consider the application for licensure.
(3) A proposed change of ownership, including a change in a controlling interest, must be reported to the Department a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the change. A new application and fee must be received by the Department before the license may be issued.
(a) For the purpose of licensing, the licensee of an agency has the ultimate responsibility for the operation of the agency, including the final authority to make or control operational decisions and legal responsibility for the business management. A change of ownership occurs whenever this ultimate legal authority for the responsibility of the agency's operation is transferred.
(b) A change of ownership occurs whenever there is a change in the legal structure by which the agency is owned and operated.
(c) Transactions constituting a change of ownership include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Transfer of the agency's legal title;
2. Lease of the agency's operations;
3. Dissolution of any partnership that owns, or owns a controlling interest in, the agency;
4. One partnership is replaced by another through the removal, addition or substitution of a partner;
5. Removal of the general partner or general partners, if the agency is owned by a limited partnership;
6. Merger of an agency owner (a corporation) into another corporation where, after the merger, the owner's shares of capital stock are canceled;
7. The consolidation of a corporate agency owner with one or more corporations; or
8. Transfers between levels of government.
(d) Transactions which do not constitute a change of ownership include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Changes in the membership of a corporate board of directors or board of trustees;
2. Two (2) or more corporations merge and the originally-licensed corporation survives;
3. Changes in the membership of a non-profit corporation;
4. Transfers between departments of the same level of government; or
5. Corporate stock transfer or sales, even when a controlling interest.
(e) Management agreements are generally not changes of ownership if the owner continues to retain ultimate authority for the operation of the agency. However, if the ultimate authority is surrendered and transferred from the owner to a new manager, then a change of ownership has occurred.
(f) Sale/lease-back agreements shall not be treated as changes in ownership if the lease involves the agency's entire real and personal property and if the identity of the leasee, who shall continue the operation, retains the exact same legal form as the former owner.
(4) Renewal.
(a) In order to renew a license, each home care organization providing home medical equipment shall submit to periodic inspections by Department surveyors for compliance with these rules. If deficiencies are noted, the licensee shall submit an acceptable plan of corrective action and shall remedy the deficiencies. In addition, each licensee shall submit a renewal form approved by the board and applicable renewal fee prior to the expiration date of the license.
(b) If a licensee fails to renew its license prior to the date of its expiration but submits the renewal form and fee within sixty (60) days thereafter, the licensee may renew late by paying, in addition to the renewal fee, a late penalty of one hundred dollars ($100) per month for each month or fraction of a month that renewal is late; provided that the late penalty shall not exceed twice the renewal fee.
(c) In the event that a licensee fails to renew its license within the sixty (60) day grace period following the license expiration date, then the licensee shall reapply for a license by submitting the following to the Board office:
1. A completed application for licensure;
2. The license fee provided in rule 1200-08-29-.02(2)(b); and
3. Any other information required by the Health Services and Development Agency.
(d) Upon reapplication, the licensee shall submit to an inspection of the facility by Department of Health surveyors.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-08-29-.02
Original rule filed August 24, 2000; effective November 7, 2000. Amendment filed November 19, 2003; effective February 2, 2004. Amendment filed January 19, 2007; effective April 4, 2007. Public necessity rules filed April 29, 2009; effective through October 11, 2009. Emergency rules filed October 9, 2009; effective through April 7, 2010. Amendment filed September 24, 2009; effective December 23, 2009. Amendment filed February 22, 2010; effective May 23, 2010. Amendment filed December 16, 2013; effective March 16, 2014. Amendments filed March 26, 2019; effective 6/24/2019.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 68-11-201, 68-11-202, 68-11-204, 68-11-206, 68-11-206(a)(5), 68-11-209, 68-11-209(a)(1), 68-11-210, 68-11-216, and Chapter 846 of the Public Acts of 2008, § 1.

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