Missouri lawmakers are considering bills to study the effects of certificate of need (CON) laws through 2020 and, in the interim, close a loophole for state-operated hospitals, thereby increasing restrictions on health care providers.
Senate Bill 1076, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Parson (R-Polk County), would create a Missouri Task Force on Certificate of Need to develop “a comprehensive proposal to reform existing certificate of need law,” in part by studying other states’ regulations of long-term care facilities. The task force would be required to issue recommendations by January 1, 2020.
House Bill 2441, sponsored by state Rep. Caleb Jones (R-Columbia), would remove a provision exempting state-operated health care facilities from the requirement to obtain a certificate of need. The House approved HB 2441 on April 14 and referred the bill to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee, which approved SB 1076 on April 21.
History of False Reform
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A bill that would exempt Colorado’s Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) program from the state constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) has advanced to hearings on the House floor.
The House Committee on Appropriations voted 7–6 on March 29 to refer House Bill 1420, sponsored by House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder County) and Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa County), to the Committee of the Whole.
HB 1420 would establish the Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability...
Consumer Power Report #503
Boston-based PatientPing has developed a new application that helps doctors monitor their patients’ activities at other health care facilities, an innovation some are saying could help lower costs and improve patient care. PatientPing notifies a patient’s primary care physician when he or she has been admitted to a hospital, emergency room, or nursing care facility that is part of the national PatientPing network. It also allows doctors to see when patients are...