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North Carolina legislature considers altering CON process for ASCs — 3 insights

The North Carolina legislature may soon reform its certificate of need system, reports.

What you should know:

1. The Senate is considering House Bill 126, which has several CON-related proposals. The state would:

  • raise the amount organizations can spend on diagnostic center expansions or equipment additions before needing state CON review
  • allow CONs to expire if projects don't begin construction in a designated time period
  • allow psychiatric facilities and chemical dependency treatment facilities to be established without CON review 18 months after the bill becomes law
  • reduce the number of charity care beds facilities that receive state property funds would be required to maintain
  • exempt dialysis centers from CON approval if they're opening in counties with at least 300,000 people

2. Related to ASCs, the law would allow single-specialty centers to become multispecialty centers without CON review, 18 months after the proposal becomes law.

3. State legislators said CON laws are antiquated and complicated.

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