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:
- instituting a price increase cap tied to the cost growth benchmark for consolidations;
- guaranteed local community representation on hospital boards;
- 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;
- setting standards to measure quality due to a consolidation;
- enacting higher penalties for noncompliance and increasing the staff needed for enforcement;
- the attorney general’s authority to stop activities as the result of a CON application or complaint;
- the ability of workforce and community representatives to intervene or appeal decisions;
- authorizing OHS to require an ongoing investment to address community needs;
- capturing lost property taxes from hospitals that have converted to nonprofit entities; and
- the timeliness of decisions or approvals relating to the CON process and relief available through that process.
Get Social With The Alliance
Connect with us on our social media. For frequent updates, be sure to follow and like us on all of our platforms below. You’ll see postings about our latest campaigns, events, and news.
Act Now! Contact Your Legislator
Tell legislators to add $461 million to community nonprofits! Email your legislators today to ask that they increase funding for community nonprofits by $461 million over five years.