State Health Officer Announces Certificate of Need Decision
Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces the issuance of a Certificate of Need (CON) for the following project:
Bio-Medical Applications, Inc. d/b/a Fresenius Medical Care
Expansion of ESRD Stations
Bio-Medical Applications, Inc., d/b/a Fresenius Medical Care received Certificate of Need (CON) authority to expand its existing End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facility by six stations, which would result in a total of a thirty-six (36) station ESRD facility.
The total capital expenditure for this project is $19,700.
Mississippi's Certificate of Need process is a fundamental component of the state's health planning and health regulatory activities. In managing the Certificate of Need process, the Department seeks to improve the health of Mississippi residents; to increase accessibility, acceptability, continuity and quality of health services; to prevent unnecessary duplication of health resources; and to provide some cost containment.
The MSDH has administered the Certificate of Need program since July 1986. Since then, more than 1,400 Certificate of Need applications have been reviewed, representing total capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion.
Starting in October, CON monthly meetings have been replaced with public notice before CON approval. Public notices are available online at HealthyMS.com/con. This change is being made on order to comply with new time requirements as set forth in Senate Bill 2661 from the 2016 Regular Legislative Session.
Kingfish note: Stupid as in there is no need for a certificate of need process. It is just another name for managed competition or crony capitalism. Don't expect the legislature to do anything on this problem. If there is one thing the Repubicans and Democrats can agree on, it is protecting the health care cartel while Mississippi remains dead last in health care. How much money has the department spent on "analyzing and reviewing" CON applications? That money could be saved or better spent on other needs instead of the certificate of need.