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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012

Certificate of Need Review Panel meeting set

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina's Certificate of Need Review Panel will meet Tuesday, April 24, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the Sims/Aycock (DHEC) building located at 2600 Bull Street in Columbia. The meeting will be in Peeples Auditorium.

The agenda includes a staff presentation on the South Carolina Health Plan. The panel will continue the discussion from the March meeting, to include the differences between South Carolina's CON program and CON programs in other states. The panel has set aside a 30-minute public comment period to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Appointed by the DHEC Board in January 2012, the CON Review Panel includes 24 members who represent a broad range of stakeholder interests. The panel will seek to improve the agency's internal process regarding its CON program through user/provider input. This includes the following goals:

  • Streamline the CON process, making it less onerous.
  • Standardize the weighting of criteria within the CON regulation.
  • Examine the current statute as it relates to the changing needs within the community/population/circumstance.
  • Evaluate instances in which CON should and should not be required.

More information on the panel is available on DHEC's website at: http://www.scdhec.gov/health/cofn/.

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Note to reporters and editors: Physical address for the meeting location is the Peeples Auditorium, 3rd floor of the DHEC Building, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia. The meeting is scheduled to conclude at noon. The agenda is available at http://www.scdhec.gov/health/cofn/.

For media inquiries: 
Jim Beasley – (803) 898-7769
Email – beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov