McKnight’s reported South Carolina’s lawmakers repealed the state’s certificate of need for healthcare facilities, except in the case of nursing homes. The bill sunsets certificates of need (CONs) in 2027 in all but eight counties that are currently without a hospital. In those areas, the CON will immediately disappear.
Nursing homes still need to comply with CON requirements before expanding or adding capacity or opening new facilities.
The long-term care facilities need to evolve to meet the needs of residents. A report from the National Conference of State Legislators issued Jan. 1 found that 35 states and Washington, DC, had “some form” of CON program and that as of 2022.