Certificate of Need Rules

Several subject matters are addressed in the State Medical Facilities Plan (SMFP). The operating room need methodology was changed in the 2018 SMFP that was signed by the governor on December 11, 2017 and became effective January 1, 2018. Temporary rules became effective February 1, 2018 to implement the SMFP. Permanent amendments are now proposed to existing Certificate of Need rules to complement or be made consistent with the 2018 SMFP. The specific subject area being addressed by these proposed rule changes are the criteria and standards for Surgical Services and Operating Rooms. The changes include clarification and alphabetization of the definitions, deletion of non-applicable terms used in the rules in this Section, and addition of definitions to reference the terminology in the SMFP. The performance standards have been revised to reference the Operating Room Need Methodology in the SMFP for applicants proposing to increase the number of operating rooms in a service area.