Friday, December 30, 2016

CON granted to Brandon company

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement:

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
            Brandon, Mississippi
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 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.

The department’s staff analysis for each Certificate of Need application is published online at

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.  


Anonymous said...

Kingfish, I could not agree with you more. CON's only limit the number of places they have to inspect. Sort of the hell with the consumer.

Until someone in the Department of Health does something about Nursing Homes to let them function in a humane way, Mississippi will keep torturing its elderly to death. Even Hospice has two weeks to process a new patient and if the patient needs medication prior to then, just let them suffer.

If a nursing home "inmate" has to be admitted to a hospital, then all doctor's orders cease upon their return to the nursing home. Hospital physicians are not permitted to prescribe medication to be administered at the nursing home. Usually a physician, serving the nursing home, comes once a week, so if the patient returns to the nursing home from the hospital the day after the doctor has made his weekly call, then meds are not available to them until the next week. The whole system stinks and is not run for the benefit of the patient.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile we desperately need more dialysis chairs all over the state, and facilities have to "prove" a "need."

Saint Baptist said...

Both Baptist and St. D are gnawing at the bit to build in Madison yet some stupid assed board of thumb-twiddlers decides we can safely travel into Jackson to be hospitalized.

Anonymous said...

Baptist and St. D opposed a CON for a hospital close to county line several years ago, so screw Baptist and St. D.

If anybody gets to build a hospital in Madison, it should be somebody other than those two.

Anonymous said...

Hospital administrators write the healthcare laws and policy for Mississippi. Don't expect a bunch of RINOs to fix the CON process.

Anonymous said...

1:11's last graf is delusional, btw. Not at all how it works.

Competent Healthcare Will Eventually Prevail.. said...

What hospital was proposed near County Line and where? Baptist and St D own property in Madison, MS. Who else could build and serve that area? Or are you suggesting Merit, that changes ownership and organizational structure every two or three years.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Con process existed to keep 'other hospitals' from descending on an area and building duplicated campuses with redundant beds. Not sure why the Con process keeps an existing hospital from expanding its services into their own service-area.

Kingsnake said...

I think he means when that hospital at Ridgewood and Plantation was first built. They fought it tooth and nail in the legislature and Hob Bryan led the way for them to stop it after the CON was denied.

CON is why I don't take Republicans or Democrats seriously when they discuss health care in Mississippi. They are all bought and paid for by the hospitals.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kingsnake, my recollection is that the hospital at Ridgewood and Plantation DID get a CON but Baptist and St. D appealed it. They won on appeal after the new hospital was 80% completed. Now its a big doctor's office. A lot of doctors that put up the money took a bath.

That new hospital would have been closer to Madison than to the old St. D, but the incumbents fought tooth and nail to keep the competition out by arguing that the existing "full service" hospitals could better serve the tri-county area. If they ever try to expand, I hope their own filings are used against them.

Kingsnake said...

Been a long time. You are probably right.

Marcus Welby said...

9:32...Imagine, if you will, that specialty hospital (that's what it is now) continuing as a full fledged hospital. Run down area with streets saturated with deep potholes, traffic snarled, stuck back behind Watson Quality Ford and the new titty-bar Twin Pokes, near all the Mexican apartments.

While you're imagining that, tell me how many from outside Hinds would list it as their preferred venue should Pafford pick them up.

A handful of greedy doctors hoping to cash in should never be allowed to chart the grid of our medical care facilities.

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