Proposed Certificate of Need Rule: Hospital Ambulatory Health Care Facility

On June 8, 2009, the West Virginia Health Care Authority filed a proposed legislative rule with the Secretary of State and Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee titled Hospital Ambulatory Health Care Facilities. CSR 65-27. The official notice can be found in the June 12, 2009 issue of the West Virginia Register.

The proposed rule impacts the procedure used by West Virginia hospitals to obtain approval prior to developing an ambulatory health care facility. The proposed legislative rule establishes the circumstances and procedures by which a certificate of need may not be required for the construction, development, acquisition or other establishment by a hospital of an ambulatory health care facility. The proposed rule sets out exemption criteria and the exemption procedure.

The Authority established a comment period for interested parties to submit comments concerning the  proposed rule. Written comments must be submitted to the Authority before July 8, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.