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Do I Need a Certificate of Need?

Posted by David Harns

Nov 12, 2013 10:55:00 AM

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We get asked from time to time whether a mobile trailer for an interim rental has a CON. We have also been asked what in the world is a CON? Well it isn’t super simple but CON is a certificate of need and is legislated at the state level. Some states require a CON and some do not. A CON is the governments way of regulating the overbuilding of health care facilities and resulting health care price inflation.

 

There have been many arguments for and against CON laws such as:

 

For

  • CON laws distribute healthcare across all geography
  • CON laws provide evaluation to healthcare
  • Patients do not evaluate healthcare options mostly and this protects their costs

 

Against

  • Reduces the free market and potentially reduces supply increasing demand/pricing
  • Cumbersome and timely evaluation slows market response
  • Inconsistent across states and regions
  • CON laws brings lobbyist and politics into healthcare considerations
  • Reduces the consumer urgency to ‘own’ individual healthcare

 

To review if your state has CON laws and what they are we have found the following website helpful.  Feel free to contact us direct to further investigate this tricky issue.

http://www.ahpanet.org/websites_copn.html

There is debate within the medical community regarding whether Certificate of Need (CON) programs are good public policy or not. Regardless of your position on the issue, the fact is, if you are looking to invest in a major capital project, such as a building expansion, or ordering new high-tech devices such as CT scanners or MRI machines, you must first see if your state requires a CON.

The goals of CON programs are to restrain health care facility costs and allow coordinated planning of new services and construction. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a majority of states retain some type of CON program, law, or agency as of December 2011, despite the fact that the federal mandate for such laws was repealed in 1987.

With so many CON programs still in place, it is important to know if your state requires a CON in order to purchase your next piece of medical imaging equipment. It's also important to note that not all CON programs are created equal. Some are very open and require little more than a check box on a form while others give virtual veto power to your proposed competitors. In either case, it's good to know what you are dealing with before beginning your project.

Here is the NCSL's most up-to-date list. If your state is on it, click through to find your regulatory website :

States With CON Requirements

 

Alabama Missouri
Alaska Montana
Arkansas Nebraska
Connecticut Nevada
Delaware   New Hampshire  
  District of Columbia   New Jersey
Florida New York
Georgia North Carolina
Hawaii Ohio
Illinois Oklahoma
Iowa Oregon
Kentucky Rhode Island
Louisiana South Carolina
Maine Tennessee
Maryland Vermont
Massachusetts Virginia
Michigan Washington
Mississippi West Virginia

As you continue to work through the decision-making, legal compliance, and site planning of your imaging equipment project, feel free to contact us. Our product experts and project managers are here to help throughout each stage of the process. Download the free resource below to start learning your state's unique requirements:

List of State Radiological and Health Department Links

Written by David Harns

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Topics: Buying Imaging Equipment, Imaging Equipment Project Management

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