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Tennessee Legislature Passes Sweeping Changes to CON Law

On April 20, 2016, the Tennessee House and Senate completed final actions to pass legislation that makes significant modifications to the state’s certificate of need (CON) laws. The legislation, SB1842/HB1730 was sponsored by...more

Alabama CON Report

I. Certificate of Need Program - A. AL2016-008, EAMC Lanier, LLC, Valley, AL: Proposes to renovate a space for the conversion of seventeen (17) acute care beds to seventeen (17) inpatient rehabilitation beds, which was...more

Turkey: Amendments to PPP legislation on way

The Republic of Turkey has been undergoing a largescale reform in the healthcare sector in the past decade, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health under its Health Transformation Program which was launched in 2003. The EUR 20...more

Mississippi CON Report

I. Mississippi Certificate of Need Meetings During March 2016 - During the March 31, 2016, Certificate of Need meeting, Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, concurred with the health and planning staff analysis and...more

Burr Alert: Tennessee Legislature Passes Certificate of Need Reform

This week, both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved legislation that will significantly reform Tennessee’s certificate of need (CON) program. Among the changes, the legislation: Removes the...more

Tennessee CON Report

I. March 2016—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - At the March meeting of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, Elizabeth Johnson announced that the standards for Psychiatric Inpatient Services and...more

Tennessee Health Services And Facilities Report: - April 2016 Newsletter

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (CON) is a permit for the...more

It’s the CON Season in North Carolina – Is Your Petition Ready?

Can your organization satisfy an unmet need by bringing a new health care resource into a North Carolina community? If your organization perceives a need that has not been recognized by our State’s health planners, now is...more

Tennessee CON Report

I. February 2016—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - At the February meeting of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, Elizabeth Jones announced that the Standards for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit...more

FTC Skeptical of West Virginia Legislature’s Proposal to Immunize Certain Health Care Providers’ Activities from Antitrust Laws

We recently wrote about the FTC filing a complaint, In re Cabell Huntington Hospital (FTC Docket No. 9366), objecting to the merger of two West Virginia hospitals. The FTC filed its complaint against the wishes of West...more

Five Challenges Facing Employers in the Health Care Industry

Employers in the health care industry are facing a number of looming threats. Workplace violence is one of the most serious occupational hazards facing health care workers, while cyber-attacks pose a significant threat to the...more

Tennessee Health Services And Facilities Report: March 2016 Newsletter

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (CON) is a permit for the...more

COPN Reform Efforts Delayed

Few legislative issues during the 2016 General Assembly have garnered more attention in the health care community than the efforts to reform Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need (“COPN”) process. Despite considerable effort...more

Mississippi CON Report

I. Mississippi Certificate of Need Meetings During January 2016 - During the January 28, 2016, Certificate of Need meeting, Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, concurred with the health and planning staff analysis...more

FDA Embraces Internet of Things: New Draft Guidance on Postmarket Cybersecurity for Medical Devices

The FDA’s recently issued draft guidance on “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices” seeks to address some of the increasing concerns that medical device providers, regulators, and consumers have about...more

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities Under Increasing Fire in California – Are You in Compliance?

A recent Los Angeles Times report confirms what most legal experts have been forecasting for quite some time; the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry in California is likely to face increased regulatory scrutiny and, in...more

What Does the Health Care Industry Do Now When Disposing "Hazardous Waste" Pharmaceuticals?

Potentially affected health care facilities should evaluate current management practices, evaluate best management practices for regulated facilities, and develop a plan to prepare for and manage a regulatory inspection....more

Tennessee CON Report

I. January 2016—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - At the January meeting of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, Jeff Ockerman announced that the Standards for Psychiatric Inpatient Services and...more

FTC and DOJ Take Aim at State Certificate of Need Laws

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) released their formal recommendation that South Carolina repeal its certificate of need (CON) law regulating...more

Virginia’s Certificate of Need Laws May Stay, Fourth Circuit Says

On January 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld Virginia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws, ruling that the scheme does not illegally discriminate against out-of-state health care providers. See Colon...more

Day Two Notes – JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, San Francisco

It was another interesting day at JP Morgan, the healthcare conference that never disappoints. Surprising declarations of war and peace, partnering that really works and strong growth stories all were heard today....more

Final 2016 SMFP Need Determinations

The 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan (SMFP) was approved by Governor McCrory on December 15, 2015, and has been issued effective January 1, 2016. It includes several need determinations of interest to hospitals. These...more

FTC Approves Tornier and Wright Medical Merger

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a final order that conditionally approves the merger between Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Tornier N.V. and Memphis, Tennessee-based Wright Medical Group, Inc. Reuters...more

Proposed CON and Reporting Rules in the Works at DHHS - Corridors January 2016

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) has recently proposed changes to the rules governing health service facilities, including hospitals. The Department’s Healthcare Planning and Certificate of...more

FTC and Pennsylvania Attorney General Challenge Health System Combination

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) have challenged the proposed combination of The Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Hershey) and PinnacleHealth System (Pinnacle) in Harrisburg,...more

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