Earlier this month certain Certificate of Need (CON) reforms went into effect. In addition to these reforms, there is an effort within the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) of the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to realize further reform to the CON process.
Presently effective reforms include: (1) the recently implemented New York State Electronic Certificate of Need System (NYSE-CON) which became mandatory on January 12; and (2) the elimination of certain construction applications from the CON process which became effective on January 20. Accordingly, going forward all Limited Review and CON applications must be submitted electronically via NYSE-CON as DOH is no longer accepting paper applications. Further, the following types of construction projects by a hospital possessing a valid operating certificate no longer require CON submission and PHHPC approval:
- Routine repair or maintenance (regardless of cost);
- Non-clinical infrastructure projects regardless of cost, including but not limited to, replacement of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, roofs, fire alarm and call bell systems, parking lots and elevators; and
- One-for-one equipment replacement, regardless of cost (including replacement of old equipment with more current technology).
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