April 10, 2014
Certificate of Need (CON)
Not previously included in another bill, House Bill 7113 was amended to include a CON exemption for hospitals with at least 500 beds that meet defined criteria related to indigent care and bond credit rating. Qualified hospitals would be permitted to relocate up to 15 percent of their licensed acute care beds within the county where the hospital is located. FHA raised concerns about this CON deregulation. There is no legislation in the Senate that includes a similar provision.