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Certificate of Need Back on Legislature

Certificate of Need Back on Legislature's Agenda

Health Care Law Note
(June 8, 2016)

It appears that the General Assembly is poised yet again to attempt scaling back or repealing the Certificate of Need ("CON") law. The Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate briefly took up House Bill 161 at its June 7 meeting. The bill was entitled "An Act Adopting the Bobcat as the Official State Cat of North Carolina." However, in a brief sentence just before adjourning the meeting, the Committee announced that the bill was being referred to another committee (presumably the Health Care committee) and was being converted to bill for CON reform. The latest version of the bill is still dedicated to naming the official state cat (see here), so it remains to be seen how aggressively the legislature intends to pursue changes to the CON law.  It is something for healthcare providers to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

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