Tennessee passes certificate-of-need law increasing ASC fees by 1900%

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law a revision to the state's certificate-of-need requirements, raising ASC CON annual fees from $100 to $2,000.

The bill, signed May 26, increases fees for most healthcare providers, which lawmakers say will bring in $1.3 million in revenue per year. 

The legislation raises hospital annual fees from $300 to up to $5,000 and decreases the CON application process by 75 days. 

Additionally, mental health hospitals and hospital-based outpatient treatment centers for opioid addiction would be exempt and not require a certificate-of-need to open.

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