Tag:certificate of need

  • Hospitals ready to use political clout to preserve certificate of need

    The battle to preserve the state’s certificate-of-need laws is about to get personal. A newly formed political organization, connected with the North Carolina Hospital Association, seems poised to target elected officials who oppose CON laws, which require a state bureaucracy to approve new free-standing ambulatory…

  • Certificate of need may be on the chopping block, again

    Sen. Ralph Hise doesn’t take no for an answer. The Mitchell County Republican was close last year but unsuccessful pushing a bill to eliminate the state’s archaic certificate-of-need system, which limits competition in health care through tight restrictions. He vowed to take another…

  • AFP-NC pushing fiscal responsibility, economic growth

    Americans for Prosperity–North Carolina, a conservative grass-roots organization, on Wednesday released a 2017 legislative agenda that puts state spending limits atop the project list. AFP asked the legislature to consider a Taxpayer Protection Act and to push tax reforms allowing North Carolinians…

  • Certificate of need may get overhaul from Raleigh or D.C.

    The push to reform North Carolina’s certificate-of-need laws that limit entry into the state’s health care market will continue in the upcoming session, state senators say. An academic researcher also says it’s possible that President-elect Trump’s administration might seek to dissolve the state regulations. Because the incoming administration wants to…

  • DHHS seeks repeal of several certificate-of-need rules

    The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking repeal of six unnecessary certificate-of-need rules to reduce the regulatory burden on medical diagnostic centers and purchase of major medical equipment. Some health care experts welcome the reduced red tape, but say the changes don’t go far enough. The proposal, which…

  • Freedom rises In North Carolina

    Even with the best of intentions, politicians should neither make our decisions for us nor remove us from responsibility for them. Politicians are not our parents.

  • Surgeon: CON laws cost State Health Plan $250 million yearly

    A Durham orthopedic surgeon argues that the State Health Plan for public employees wastes a quarter-billion dollars annually because North Carolina’s certificate-of-need laws force patients to use hospital-based facilities instead of physician-operated outpatient surgery clinics. Dr. Richard Bruch, who is on the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association executive committee, issued that…

  • Legislative session builds on fiscal, regulatory reforms

    The Republican-led General Assembly in the just-ended 2016 short session maintained spending restraint, created and enlarged fiscal safeguards in case of an economic downturn, granted more income tax relief, moved toward merit pay raises for state employees, resolved coal ash cleanup disputes, and eliminated some health care regulations. Although the…

  • Budget would end CON mandate for new mental health beds

    Budget writers working on the state’s 2016-17 spending plan received the OK to increase the amount of money to open new psychiatric beds around the state from $12 million to $18 million, using proceeds from the sale of the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh, while eliminating a controversial regulation that…