Certificates of public need; creates a two-phase process. (HB2337)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certificates of public need. Creates a two-phase process to sunset certificate of public need (COPN) requirements for many categories of medical care facilities and projects, with the requirement for a certificate of public need (i) for all medical care facilities other than nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals and beds, imaging centers, organ or tissue transplant services, certain open heart surgery services, certain neonatal services, and certain medical care facilities located in a locality with a population density of at least 200 people per square mile as reported by the United States Bureau of the Census in the 2010 census report that is contiguous with at least one other locality with such population density, or has a population of at least 75,000 people repealed effective July 1, 2017, and (ii) imaging centers repealed effective January 1, 2018. The bill also creates a new permitting process for categories of facilities and projects exempted from the certificate of public need process that requires the Commissioner of Health to issue a permit but requires the Commissioner to condition a permit (a) on the agreement of the applicant to provide a specified level of care at a reduced rate to indigents, accept patients requiring specialized care, or facilitate the development and operation of primary medical care services in designated medically underserved areas of the applicant's service area and (b) on compliance of the applicant with quality of care standards. The bill also eliminates regional health planning agencies and makes numerous changes to the COPN process for facilities and projects that will still be subject to the requirement of a certificate. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103865D
01/13/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/25/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 1-N)
01/27/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB2337)
01/31/2017Committee substitute printed 17104734D-H1
01/31/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2017Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/08/2017Left in Appropriations