Health and Family Services Cabinet
Governor Fletcher extends limited CON moratorium
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2005) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher issued an executive order today extending a limited Certificate of Need (CON) moratorium that will expire at the end of December 2005.
“This moratorium will allow the cabinet a six-month evaluation period to assess Kentucky’s healthcare systems and determine how to create an environment for success by learning from approaches in other states,” said Governor Fletcher. “The cabinet will make recommendations on how we can proceed to improve access to affordable health care for all Kentuckians.”
The CON office is part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
The moratorium applies to the review and approval of CONs to establish a health facility or services; substantially change the bed capacity of a health facility or a health service or project; or to acquire major medical equipment.
The moratorium exempts applications to establish MRI services at hospitals or hospital-owned health facilities that are licensed as ambulatory care clinics or specialized medical technology clinics and are also recognized by Medicare. It also exempts applications to deal with an emergency and certain other applications as established by state law, administrative regulations or referred by the court system.
“The cabinet will share information with and actively seek ideas and feedback from stakeholders during the review of Kentucky’s CON policies,” said Shawn M. Crouch, executive director of health policy for CHFS. “We are taking a measured approach to the review process to ensure quality of care across the state.”
CON is a state program intended to balance cost, quality and access to ensure only needed health care services and facilities are developed to help control the cost of health care in Kentucky.