Certificate of Need Bills Pass Michigan Senate
Posted on February 27, 2020
The Michigan Senate passed five bills Feb. 26 that would change Michigan’s Certificate of Need (CON) regulations on covered capital expenditures, behavioral health services, and air ambulance services and would increase the number of CON Commission members.
The bills were originally introduced in the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), and reported out Feb. 20. The MHA and member hospitals testified on the CON bills in December and January.
The MHA is supportive in concept of Senate Bill (SB) 669, which would increase the threshold for capital expenditures that are covered under the program, and SB 671, which would increase the number of members on the CON Commission. The association has not taken a position on SBs 672 and 673, which would impact behavioral health services, and is opposed to SB 674 as written, which would remove air ambulance services from CON.
Two additional CON bills remain in the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee. The MHA opposes SBs 670 and 675, legislation related to CON regulations on critical access hospitals and cardiac catherization procedures.
The MHA will continue to work with legislators to protect CON as a means of maintaining access to cost-effective, high-quality care for all Michigan residents while restraining the proliferation of unnecessary facilities and services. The Senate-passed legislation will now be sent to the House Health Policy Committee. Members with questions may contact Adam Carlson at the MHA
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