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WVC 16 - 2 D- 3 §16-2D-3. Certificate of need; new institutional health services defined.
(a) Except as provided in section four of this article, any new institutional health service may not be acquired, offered or developed within this state except upon application for and receipt of a certificate of need as provided by this article. Whenever a new institutional health service for which a certificate of need is required by this article is proposed for a health care facility for which, pursuant to section four of this article, no certificate of need is or was required, a certificate of need shall be issued before the new institutional health service is offered or developed. A person may not knowingly charge or bill for any health services associated with any new institutional health service that is knowingly acquired, offered or developed in violation of this article and any bill made in violation of this section is legally unenforceable.

(b) For purposes of this article, a proposed "new institutional health service" includes:

(1) The construction, development, acquisition or other establishment of a new health care facility or health maintenance organization;

(2) The partial or total closure of a health care facility or health maintenance organization with which a capital expenditure is associated;

(3) Any obligation for a capital expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a health care facility, except as exempted in section four of this article, or health maintenance organization in excess of the expenditure minimum or any obligation for a capital expenditure incurred by any person to acquire a health care facility. An obligation for a capital expenditure is considered to be incurred by or on behalf of a health care facility:

(A) When a contract, enforceable under state law, is entered into by or on behalf of the health care facility for the construction, acquisition, lease or financing of a capital asset;

(B) When the governing board of the health care facility takes formal action to commit its own funds for a construction project undertaken by the health care facility as its own contractor; or

(C) In the case of donated property, on the date on which the gift is completed under state law;

(4) A substantial change to the bed capacity of a health care facility with which a capital expenditure is associated;

(5) The addition of health services as specified by the state agency which are offered by or on behalf of a health care facility or health maintenance organization and which were not offered on a regular basis by or on behalf of the health care facility or health maintenance organization within the twelve-month period prior to the time the services would be offered: Provided, That lithotripsy services are not subject to certificate of need review. The state agency shall specify by rule those health services subject to certificate of need review.

(6) The addition of ventilator services for any nursing facility bed by any health care facility or health maintenance organization;

(7) The deletion of one or more health services previously offered on a regular basis by or on behalf of a health care facility or health maintenance organization which is associated with a capital expenditure;

(8) A substantial change to the bed capacity or health services offered by or on behalf of a health care facility, whether or not the change is associated with a proposed capital expenditure, if the change is associated with a previous capital expenditure for which a certificate of need was issued and if the change will occur within two years after the date the activity which was associated with the previously approved capital expenditure was undertaken;

(9) The acquisition of major medical equipment;

(10) A substantial change in an approved new institutional health service for which a certificate of need is in effect. For purposes of this subsection, "substantial change" shall be defined by the state agency in rules adopted pursuant to section eight of this article; or

(11) An expansion of the service area for hospice or home health service, regardless of the time period in which the expansion is contemplated or made.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article to the contrary, the construction, development, acquisition or other establishment of an institutional health service outside of this state and within a county contiguous to the border of this state by or on behalf of a person that would otherwise be subject to review under the provisions of this section is not subject to certificate of need review. A hospital subject to review of the West Virginia Health Care Authority that constructs, develops or acquires any health care service or facility outside of West Virginia may not use the financial condition or performance of the newly constructed, developed, acquired or established health care service or facility as a basis or justification for obtaining a rate adjustment pursuant to article twenty-nine-b of this chapter.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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