States Propose Measures to Alter, Remove CON Processes

A number of states have proposed measure to alter the process required to obtain a certificate of need for an ambulatory surgery center, according to an ASC Association release.

Two study bills, introduced by Rep. Linda Miller (R-Iowa), chairman of the House Committee on Human Resources, would exempt certain ASCs from the state's CON process. House Study Bill 97 would exempt Iowa ASCs from the CON process, whereas House Study Bill 98 would exempt only ASCs located in counties with a population over 200,000 but less than 300,000. Population estimates would be based on 2009 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Each measure failed to receive consideration by the committee prior to the passage deadline.

A measure introduced in the Hawaii state Senate proposed repealing the CON process entirely for the state of Hawaii. The measure failed to meet the deadline for passage from the chamber of origin. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee proposed removing the CON process from his state, saying the council that oversees the process has no strategic plan guiding its decisions.  

Read more on the ASC Association.

Read more on CON:

-Rhode Island Governor Wants to Eliminate State's Certificate of Need Process

-New York Surgeons to Request CON for Lockport Surgery Center Despite Hospital Protest

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