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House Committee Reports COPN Reform Bills

House Committee Reports COPN Reform Bills

capitalOn February 4, the House Health Welfare and Institutions Committee reported HB193 on a 12-10 vote. HB 193, introduced by Del. John O’Bannon (R-Henrico), repeals the certificate of public need (COPN) program for most services in a staggered 18 month process, but maintains COPN for nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, and medical rehabilitation beds in all settings.  VHCA is very appreciative of legislators’ acknowledgment of the unique service delivery model used by nursing and rehabilitation facilities given the high Medicaid utilization rates. VHCA worked with Del. O’Bannon and appreciated his cooperation in amending the bill to ensure the bill included language related to inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and long term care hospitals.

The Committee also reported HB350, Del. Kathy Byron’s (R-Campbell) measure to eliminate mental health facilities from the COPN process and reforms the COPN application process on a 21-1 vote. This bill also maintains COPN for nursing facilities.

HB689 from Del. Chris Peace (R-Hanover) was reported 13-9. His bill would remove the COPN requirement for imaging services. The bills are set for a vote by the full House of Delegates early next week.