Hospitals planning to add beds or build new healthcare facilities to better serve patients and communities must get a certificate of need from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.
IHA supported recently adopted amendments to the Illinois Register that reduce regulatory burden and clean up out-of-date measures in the Certificate of Need and Certificate of Exemption processes.
Final rules include implementing PA 99-154, the permitting process to change ownership among related persons and applications to close healthcare facilities or discontinue a category of service.
IHA's talking points on bed capacity and future resource allocation emphasize that hospitals provide a continuum of services and partner with other providers to meet healthcare needs.
IHA's comment letter addresses proposed rule 1100.510 on using "distance" instead of "normal" drive time for pertinent reivew and proposed rule 1110 on repeal, re-write and updating the Code.
The Health Facilities and Services Review Board reinstated exemption requirements for projects with neonatal intensive care beds since a planned permitting requirement had not been implemented.
The Health Facilities and Services Review Board posted final rules to Section 1130, which covers several topics, including the expansion of facilities subject to the Certificate of Need process.
IHA's efforts helped streamline Section 8.5 of the Health Facilities Planning Act regarding change of ownership and closure of a healthcare facility and discontinuation of a category of service.
IHA worked with the Health Facilities and Services Review Board on PA 99-0114, which addresses certain administrative and procedural requirements of the Health Facilities Planning Act.