Implementer § 124 —Certificate of Need Task Force

Home Implementer § 124 —Certificate of Need Task Force

The bill establishes a 16-member task force to study and make recommendations on certificates of need (CONs) (see Background). The task force must study and make recommendations on the following matters:

  1. instituting a price increase cap tied to the cost growth benchmark for consolidations;
  2. guaranteed local community representation on hospital boards;
  3. changes to the Office of Health Strategy’s (OHS) long-term, statewide health plan to include an analysis of services and facilities and their impact on equity and underserved populations;
  4. setting standards to measure quality due to a consolidation;
  5. enacting higher penalties for noncompliance and increasing the staff needed for enforcement;
  6. the attorney general’s authority to stop activities as the result of a CON application or complaint;
  7. the ability of workforce and community representatives to intervene or appeal decisions;
  8. authorizing OHS to require an ongoing investment to address community needs;
  9. capturing lost property taxes from hospitals that have converted to nonprofit entities; and
  10. the timeliness of decisions or approvals relating to the CON process and relief available through that process.

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