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Certificate of Need Activity for 2005

 

Note: Please check 2006 CON Activity Page for further information about the activities below.

Certificate of Need Reviews completed and in progress

Determination of Requirement for a CON Completed: Nueterra Healthcare requested a determination on behalf of a physicians’ group known as the Juneau Orthopedic Surgery Center , LLC, as to whether a certificate of need was required to develop a 2,750 square foot ambulatory surgery center in Juneau . Under 7 AAC 07.031, the Department of Health and Social Services has determined that a certificate of need is required for the Juneau Orthopedic Surgery Center . The facility plans to have one surgery suite and would be located in a medical office building that is under construction. Nueterra Holdings would manage the facility. A copy of the request for determination and the Commissioner's decision can be obtained by viewing the full public notice. Click here to read the Online Public Notice.

Review in Progress: The Department is reviewing a certificate of need application to build and operate a 20,100 sq. ft. ambulatory surgery center submitted by joint venture partners Providence Alaska Medical Center and Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska (see 2006 CON Activity). The applicant proposes four operating rooms and with shelled-in space for two additional operating rooms for future expansion in South Anchorage . The cost of the project is $1.5 million for equipment, with a 10-year lease at $723,600 per year. The public meeting was held on December 21, 2005 with 23 participants. Two other providers, Doctors Surgery Center and a joint venture between Alaska Regional Hospital and Alaska Spine Institute withdrew ambulatory surgery applications that would have been reviewed concurrently.

Decision Issued and Appealed: The Department’s review of two CON applications to build residential psychiatric facilities in Fairbanks was completed November 22, 2005. The two projects are: 1) North Star, which proposed construction of a 30-bed Residential Psychiatric Treatment (RPT) facility attached to a 30-bed acute inpatient psychiatric facility costing $10.15 million, and 2) Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Inc., which proposed construction of a 60-bed RPTC facility costing $17.8 million. In accordance with provisions of AS 17.07.031-.111 and 7 AAC 07.010-.130, it was determined that both applicants failed to meet a substantial number of the CON standards required under Department of Health and Social Services regulations and did not meet the criteria for CON approval to the satisfaction of the Department. Each applicant has been invited to submit a new application for a Certificate of Need that addresses the deficiencies noted in the department’s review of their previous application.

On December 21, 2005 Boy’s and Girl’s Home filed an appeal of the Commissioner’s decision denying their application for a certificate of need. The appeal was referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and has been assigned to Administrative Law Judge Chris Kennedy. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE APPEAL AND OAH NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT.

On December 20, 2005 North Star filed an appeal of the Commissioner’s decision denying their application for a certificate of need. The appeal was referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and has been assigned to Administrative Law Judge Chris Kennedy. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE APPEAL AND OAH NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT.

CON Approved and Appealed: Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is approved to spend up to $33,202,843 to build and renovate space for the Emergency Department and Inpatient/Emergency Radiology. The approved completion date is December 31, 2008. Two triage rooms, three psychiatric treatment rooms, and 21 patient treatment rooms including six rooms used as a “Fast Track” for lower acuity patients are approved along with associated space and equipment requested in the application. A copy of the Commissioner's decision, the staff analysis and recommendations, and the certificate of need can be obtained by viewing the full public notice.

On December 21, 2005 Tanana Valley Clinic filed an appeal of the Commissioner’s decision to award the certificate of need to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. The appeal was referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and has been assigned to Administrative Law Judge Chris Kennedy. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE APPEAL AND THE OAH NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT.

Determination of Requirement for a CON Completed: On October 28, 2005 Fairbanks Memorial Hospital filed a Request for Determination of Whether a Certificate of Need is Required in reference to a facility to provide radiological services in Fairbanks , Alaska under development by Alaska Open Imaging Center. On December 23, 2005 the Commissioner issued a determination that a certificate of need was not required for this project insofar as the project was not a “health facility” as defined in the certificate of need statutes. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR DETERMINATION, COMMISSIONER’S DECISION AND RELATED DOCUMENTS.

CON Approved: It has been determined that the Providence Alaska Medical Center and Preferred Continuum Care - Joint venture partners be approved to build and operate a 60-bed Long-Term Acute Care facility in Anchorage . Conditions of approval are that a new 65,000 square foot facility will have 40 private rooms, 12 enhanced semi-private rooms, and 6 private high-acuity beds including 1 high acuity isolation room. The approved development cost (including land, architecture, engineering, site development, and construction) is $18.7 million and the approved cost for furnishings, equipment, and fixtures to build out the interior space is $2.5 million. The approved completion date is September 30, 2007 . Click here to read the Online Public Notice.

CON Approved: Frontline Residential Treatment Center, doing business as North Star Behavioral Health System, a for-profit corporation and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc (UHS) and Cornell Companies Inc. (formerly Cornell Corrections, a for-profit corporation and one of the nation’s largest providers of corrections) both submitted certificate of need applications to build 60-bed residential psychiatric treatment centers (RPTCs) in Anchorage . It was determined that these two applications would be reviewed concurrently. On June 1, 2005 , Cornell withdrew their CON application. On August 19, 2005, the North Star proposal was approved to spend $10.15 million to build 60 beds with the following conditions: 1) the facility must be built to a standard that will allow for all 60 beds to be “secure” in accordance with AS 18.07.110(10) and AS 47.35.900(21); and 2) that a minimum of 20 “secure” beds must be available upon completion of the project. The applicant has until December 31, 2007 to complete the project, which will be located adjacent to the North Star Hospital on DeBarr Road in Anchorage . Click here to read the Online Public Notice.

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