CON Streamlining Discussions Continue This Week; All-Payer Claims Database Meeting Set
The Department of Health (DOH) posted online the latest version of the blueprint for Certificate of Need (CON) reform being discussed by a committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC).
PHHPC’s Health Planning Committee will meet this Thursday, May 24 in New York City to make a recommendation to the full council on the set of administrative streamlining proposals to lay the groundwork for more comprehensive reform in the coming months. HANYS has testified before the committee and pressed state policymakers to focus on CON reform to support the necessary transformations occurring in health care delivery. HANYS and member hospitals will continue to participate in the deliberations.
Also at committee meetings this week, the state will outline its efforts to create an All-Payer Claims Database and discuss its implications for health planning and public health. The meetings on CON and the All-Payer Claims Database will be held Thursday and are available by Webcast either live or via recording after the meetings. Anyone interested in attending in person must contact DOH in advance.
In addition to the streamlining proposals already under consideration, the Health Planning Committee this week will consider a DOH recommendation to allow existing ambulatory surgery centers to add selected single specialty procedures through administrative review (endoscopy and ophthalmology), rather than requiring a full review and would no longer solicit comments from hospitals in these limited cases. HANYS has not yet commented on this proposal and is interested in hearing member feedback on the recommendation. Contact: Karen Roach