Certificate of Need (CON) Program Overview

The Certificate of Need program is a regulatory process that requires certain health care providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new or expanded services. The CON program currently regulates hospices, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled, new hospitals and certain hospital services. It does not regulate outpatient services, home health services, purchases of major medical equipment or assisted living facilities. The moratorium on new certificates of need for additional community nursing home beds has been lifted effective July 1, 2014. The letter of intent deadline for the next batch review for community nursing home beds is October 20, 2014 (see "Data by Batching Cycle" for the batching schedule).

There are four CON batching cycles during a Calendar year two for Hospital Beds and Facilities and two for Other Beds and Programs. Most projects are reviewed on a competitive batching cycle review basis, and a letter of intent must be filed with the CON Office at least 30 days before an application is filed. A letter of intent is not required for projects that will be given a non-competitive, expedited review.

Public hearings may be held on a CON application if requested by the applicant or another affected party. CON decisions are rendered 60 days after an application is declared complete by the Agency. Notices of hearings, decisions and other actions regarding CON that are required by law are published in the Florida Administrative Register. Applicants or other affected parties may appeal a decision of the agency according to the provisions of Section 59C-1.012, F.A.C. and Chapter 120, F.S. However, new general hospital appeals are subject to the provisions contained in s.408.039 (3), (5) and (6) F.S.

The CON Office monitors implementation of an approved project until it is licensed. CONs that were approved with conditions are monitored every year to assure that the required services are being provided.

Any questions regarding whether a project is subject to CON review or the CON process may be sent to James McLemore or call at 850-412-4401.

Media Relations Contact for Reporters:
Reporters are asked to contact the Agency's Media Relations Unit for information on CON applications, decisions, or any other Certificate of Need related issue at 850-412-3623.

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