Sen. Curt VanderWall Speaks to Legislative Policy Panel
Posted on October 11, 2019
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its first meeting of the program year Oct. 9 to discuss legislative initiatives that could impact Michigan hospitals. The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee Chair Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), who discussed healthcare issues, including behavioral health, access to care in rural areas and Certificate of Need (CON).
CON is a program that ensures only needed healthcare services are developed in Michigan. It requires hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers to seek CON approval to increase in the number of licensed beds, relocate licensed beds from one site to another, acquire an existing health facility, begin operating a new health facility or start, replace or expand certain medical services. CON benefits Michiganders by ensuring high-quality, accessible, cost-effective care for patients in the state. The MHA recently launched a new infographic that addresses frequently asked questions about Michigan’s CON program.
The MHA Board supports CON as a means of maintaining access to cost-effective, high-quality care for all of Michigan's residents while restraining the proliferation of unnecessary facilities and services. The association also supports a fair and open process to amend CON standards when appropriate to reflect current standards of care and technological advancements.
In addition to the presentation from VanderWall, the panel received an update about the state budget and efforts to address surprise billing at the state and local levels. No formal action was taken on these issues, and the panel had a robust discussion about concerns around CON and access to healthcare.
For more information, contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.
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