131E-214.1. Definitions.

The following definitions apply in this Article:

(1) Division. - The Division of Health Service Regulation of the Department of Health and Human Services.

(2) Freestanding ambulatory surgical facility. - A facility licensed under Part 4 of Article 6 of this Chapter.

(3) Hospital. - A facility licensed under Article 5 of this Chapter or Article 2 of Chapter 122C of the General Statutes, but does not include the following:

a. A facility with all of its beds designated for medical type "LTC" (long-term care).

b. A facility with the majority of its beds designated for medical type "PSY-3" (intellectual/developmental disability).

c. A facility operated by the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety.

(4) Patient data. - Data that includes a patient's age, sex, race, ethnicity, zip code, third-party coverage, principal and other diagnoses, date of admission, procedure and discharge date, principal and other procedures, total charges and components of the total charges, attending physician identification number, and hospital or freestanding ambulatory surgical facility identification number.

(5) Patient identifying information. - The name, address, social security number, or similar information by which the identity of a patient can be determined with reasonable accuracy and speed either directly or by reference to other publicly available information. The term does not include a number assigned to a patient by a health care provider if that number does not consist of or contain numbers, including social security or drivers license numbers, that could be used to identify a patient with reasonable accuracy and speed from sources external to the health care provider.

(6) Statewide data processor. - A data processor certified by the Division as capable of complying with the requirements of G.S. 131E-214.4. The Division may deny, suspend, or revoke a certificate, in accordance with Chapter 150B of the General Statutes, if the statewide data processor does not comply with or is not capable of complying with the requirements of G.S. 131E-214.4. The Division may promulgate rules concerning the receipt, consideration, and limitation of a certificate applied for or issued under this Article. (1995, c. 517, s. 39(b); 1997-443, s. 11A.118(a); 2007-182, s. 1; 2008-119, s. 2; 2011-145, s. 19.1(h); 2012-83, s. 44; 2017-186, s. 2(yyyyy); 2019-76, s. 22.)