Certificates of public need. (SB561)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest) with support from co-patrons Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), and Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certificates of public need. Creates a three-phase process to sunset certificate of public need requirements for many categories of medical care facilities and projects, with the requirement for a certificate of public need (i) for the establishment of a new imaging service or addition of new equipment for imaging services eliminated beginning July 1, 2016, for ambulatory and outpatient surgery centers eliminated beginning July 1, 2017, and (iii) for hospitals and all other categories of projects other than nursing homes and facilities and equipment for open heart surgery and organ or tissue transplant services eliminated beginning July 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 allows 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 or (b) on compliance of the applicant with quality of care standards. The bill allows the Commissioner to refuse to issue a permit if he determines that the project for which the permit is sought would be detrimental to the provision of health services in underserved areas of the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102956D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/04/2016Impact statement from VDH (SB561)
02/05/2016Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/11/2016Committee substitute printed to Web only 16105484D-S1
02/11/2016Incorporates SB333
02/11/2016Incorporates SB398
02/11/2016Incorporates SB585
02/11/2016Incorporates SB777
02/11/2016Incorporates SB641
02/11/2016Continued to 2017 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/02/2016Left in Education and Health