Certificates of public need; creates a three-phase process to sunset requirements. (HB874)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


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 eliminated (i) for the establishment of a new imaging service or addition of new equipment for imaging services beginning July 1, 2019; (ii) for ambulatory and outpatient surgery centers beginning July 1, 2020; 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 beginning July 1, 2021. 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 »


02/06/2018: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102305D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/06/2018Continued to 2019 in Health, Welfare and Institutions