.04 Licensure Application Procedure.

A. A hospital may not establish, operate, or continue to operate an existing freestanding medical facility without first obtaining a license from the Secretary.

B. A hospital desiring to establish a freestanding medical facility shall apply to the Department for initial licensure on a written or electronic form provided by the Secretary.

C. The application shall state the name of the affiliated accredited hospital.

D. The application shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable 3-year license fee of $3,000.

E. The Secretary shall issue a license to a freestanding medical facility for a term of 3 years if the facility complies with all licensing requirements.