††††† 900 KAR 6:075. Certificate of Need nonsubstantive review.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 216B.010, 216B.015, 216B.095, 216B.455, 216B.990

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 194A.030, 194A.050, 216B.040(2)(a)1

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 216B.040(2)(a)1 requires the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to administer Kentucky's Certificate of Need Program and to promulgate administrative regulations as necessary for the program. This administrative regulation establishes the requirements necessary for consideration for nonsubstantive review of applications for the orderly administration of the Certificate of Need Program.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Ambulatory surgical center" is defined by KRS 216B.015(4).

††††† (2) "Cabinet" is defined by KRS 216B.015(6).

††††† (3) "Certificate of Need Newsletter" means the monthly newsletter that is published by the cabinet regarding certificate of need matters and is available on the Certificate of Need Web site at http://chfs.ky.gov/ohp/con.

††††† (4) "Days" means calendar days, unless otherwise specified.

††††† (5) "Formal review" means the review of an application for certificate of need which is reviewed within ninety (90) days from the commencement of the review as provided by KRS 216B.062(1) and which is reviewed for compliance with the review criteria set forth at KRS 216B.040 and 900 KAR 6:070.

††††† (6) "Nonsubstantive review" is defined by KRS 216B.015(18).

††††† (7) "Public information channels" means the Office of Communication and Administrative Review in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

††††† (8) "Public notice" means notice given through:

††††† (a) Public information channels; or

††††† (b) The cabinet's Certificate of Need Newsletter.

††††† (9) "Therapeutic cardiac catheterization outcomes" means in hospital mortality rates, door to balloon time, door to balloon time less than or equal to ninety (90) minutes, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) related cardiac arrests, and emergency open heart surgeries performed as a result of the PCI.

 

††††† Section 2. Nonsubstantive Review. (1) The cabinet shall grant nonsubstantive review status to an application to change the location of a proposed health facility or to relocate a licensed health facility only if:

††††† (a) There is no substantial change in health services or bed capacity; and

††††† (b)1. The change of location or relocation is within the same county; or

††††† 2. The change of location is for a psychiatric residential treatment facility.

††††† (2) The cabinet shall grant nonsubstantive review status to an application that proposes to establish an ambulatory surgical center pursuant to the conditions specified in KRS 216B.095(7).

††††† (3) In addition to the projects specified in KRS 216B.095(3)(a) through (e), pursuant to KRS 216B.095(f), the Office of Health Policy shall grant nonsubstantive review status to an application for which a certificate of need is required if:

††††† (a) The proposal involves the establishment or expansion of a health facility or health service for which there is not a component in the State Health Plan;

††††† (b) The proposal involves an application from a hospital to reestablish the number of acute care beds that it converted to nursing facility beds pursuant to KRS 216B.020(4), if the number of nursing facility beds so converted are delicensed;

††††† (c) The proposal involves an application to relocate or transfer licensed acute care beds, not including neonatal Level III beds, from one (1) existing licensed hospital to another existing licensed hospital within the same area development district and the requirements established in this paragraph are met.

††††† 1.a. There shall not be an increase in the total number of licensed acute care beds in that area development district; and

††††† b. The hospital from which the beds are relocated delicenses those beds.

††††† 2. If neonatal Level II beds are relocated or transferred pursuant to this paragraph:

††††† a. The receiving hospital shall have an existing licensed Level II or Level III neonatal unit;

††††† b. A minimum of four (4) beds shall be relocated; and

††††† c. The relocation shall not leave the transferring hospital with less than four (4) neonatal Level II beds unless the relocated beds represent all of its neonatal Level II beds;

††††† (d) The proposal involves an application by an existing licensed hospital to:

††††† 1. Convert licensed psychiatric or chemical dependency beds to acute care beds, not including special purpose acute care beds such as neonatal Level II beds or neonatal Level III beds;

††††† 2. Convert and implement the beds on-site at the hospitalís existing licensed facility; and

††††† 3. Delicense the same number of psychiatric or chemical dependency beds that are converted;

††††† (e) The proposal involves an application by an existing licensed hospital providing inpatient psychiatric treatment to:

††††† 1. Convert psychiatric beds licensed for use with geriatric patients to acute care beds, not including special purpose acute care beds such as neonatal Level II beds or neonatal Level III beds;

††††† 2. Convert and implement the beds on-site at the existing licensed hospital; and

††††† 3. Delicense the same number of converted beds;

††††† (f) The proposal involves an application by a psychiatric hospital to convert licensed geriatric, adult, adolescent, or child psychiatric beds to psychiatric beds and the requirements established in this paragraph are met.

††††† 1. The psychiatric hospital is located within twenty (20) miles of a United States military base;

††††† 2. The psychiatric hospital provides inpatient behavioral health services to active duty military personnel, families of active duty military personnel, and veterans;

††††† 3. The psychiatric hospital shall convert and implement the beds on-site at the existing licensed hospital; and

††††† 4. The psychiatric hospital shall delicense the same number of converted beds.

††††† (g) The proposal involves an application to transfer or relocate existing certificate of need approved nursing facility beds between certificate of need approved nursing facilities or from a certificate of need approved nursing facility to a proposed nursing facility and the requirements established in this paragraph are met.

††††† 1. The selling or transferring facility has a certificate of need nursing facility bed inventory of at least 250 beds;

††††† 2. The transfer or relocation takes place within the same Area Development District;

††††† 3. The application includes:

††††† a. A properly completed OHP - Form 9, Notice of Intent to Acquire a Health Facility or Health Service, incorporated by reference in 900 KAR 6:055; and

††††† b. Evidence of the selling or transferring entity's binding commitment to sell or transfer upon approval of the application; and

††††† 4. A certificate of need approved nursing facility shall not sell or transfer more than fifty (50) percent of its certificate of need approved nursing facility beds;

††††† (h) The proposal involves an application to establish a therapeutic cardiac catheterization program and the requirements established in this paragraph are met.

††††† 1. The applicant is an acute care hospital which was previously granted a certificate of need to participate in a primary angioplasty pilot project and was evaluated after the first two (2) years of operation by an independent consultant who determined the hospital successfully demonstrated good therapeutic cardiac catheterization outcomes.

††††† 2. The applicant shall document that the nursing and technical catheterization laboratory staff are experienced and participate in a continuous call schedule.

††††† 3. The applicant shall document that the catheterization laboratory shall be equipped with optimal imaging systems, resuscitative equipment, and intra-aortic balloon pump support.

††††† 4. The applicant shall document that the cardiac care unit nurses shall be proficient in hemodynamic monitoring and intra-aortic balloon pump management.

††††† 5. The applicant shall document formalized written protocols in place for immediate and efficient transfer of patients to an existing licensed cardiac surgical facility.

††††† 6. The applicant shall utilize a Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard image transfer system between the hospital and the backup surgical facility.

††††† 7. The applicant shall employ an interventional program director who has performed more than 500 primary PCI procedures and who is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in interventional cardiology.

††††† 8. The applicant shall document that each cardiologist performing the therapeutic catheterizations shall perform at least seventy-five (75) PCIs per year.

††††† 9. The applicant shall document the ability to perform at least 200 interventions per year, with an ideal minimum of 400 interventions per year by the end of the second year of operation.

††††† 10. The applicant shall participate in the American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registry quality measurement program.

††††† 11. The applicant shall report therapeutic cardiac catheterization data annually to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

††††† 12. The application shall document the applicant's ability to produce therapeutic cardiac catheterization outcomes which are within two (2) standard deviations of the national means for the first two (2) consecutive years;

††††† (i) The proposal involves an application to transfer or relocate existing certificate of need approved nursing facility beds from one (1) long-term care facility to another long-term care facility and the requirements established in this paragraph are met.

††††† 1. The selling or transferring facility fails to meet regulations promulgated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at 42 C.F.R. 483.70(a)(8) requiring nursing facilities to install sprinkler systems throughout their buildings;

††††† 2. The selling or transferring facility may sell or transfer portions of its total bed component to one (1) or more existing nursing facility;

††††† 3. The facility acquiring the beds shall be located in a county contiguous to that of the selling or transferring facility;

††††† 4. The selling or transferring facility shall be licensed only for nursing facility beds at the time of transfer or application to transfer and shall not sell or transfer more than thirty (30) of its licensed nursing facility beds to an individual facility; and

††††† 5. The application shall include a properly completed OHP - Form 9, Notice of Intent to Acquire a Health Facility or Health Service, incorporated by reference in 900 KAR 6:055;

††††† (j) The proposal involves an application to re-establish a licensed healthcare facility or service that was provided at a hospital with fifty (50) or fewer licensed beds and which was voluntarily discontinued by the applicant under the following circumstances:

††††† 1. The termination or voluntary closure of the hospital:

††††† a. Was not the result of an order or directive by the cabinet, governmental agency, judicial body, or other regulatory authority;

††††† b. Did not occur during or after an investigation by the cabinet, governmental agency, or other regulatory authority;

††††† c. Did occur while the facility was in substantial compliance with applicable administrative regulations and was otherwise eligible for re-licensure; and

††††† d. Was not an express condition of any subsequent Certificate of Need approval;

††††† 2. The application to re-establish the healthcare facility or service that was voluntarily discontinued is filed no more than one (1) year from the date the hospital last provided the service which the applicant is seeking to re-establish;

††††† 3. A proposed healthcare facility shall be located within the same county as the former healthcare facility and at a single location; and

††††† 4. The application shall not seek to re-establish any type of bed utilized in the care and treatment of patients for more than twenty-three (23) consecutive hours; or

††††† (k)1. The proposal involves an application to establish an ambulatory surgical center which does not charge its patients and does not seek or accept commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or other financial support from the federal government; and

††††† 2. The proposed ambulatory surgical center shall utilize the surgical facilities of an existing licensed ambulatory surgical center during times the host ambulatory surgical center is not in operation.

††††† (3) A Certificate of Need approved for an application submitted under subsection (2)(k) of this section shall state the limitations specified under subsection (2)(k)1. and 2. of this section.

††††† (4) If an application is denied nonsubstantive review status by the Office of Health Policy, the application shall automatically be placed in the formal review process.

††††† (5) If an application is granted nonsubstantive review status by the Office of Health Policy, notice of the decision to grant nonsubstantive review status shall be given to the applicant and all known affected persons.

††††† (6)(a) If an application is granted nonsubstantive review status by the Office of Health Policy, any affected person who believes that the applicant is not entitled to nonsubstantive review status or who believes that the application should not be approved may request a hearing by filing a request for a hearing within ten (10) days of the notice of the decision to conduct nonsubstantive review.

††††† (b) The provisions of 900 KAR 6:090 shall govern the conduct of all nonsubstantive review hearings.

††††† (c) Nonsubstantive review applications shall not be comparatively reviewed but may be consolidated for hearing purposes.

††††† (7) If an application for certificate of need is granted nonsubstantive review status by the Office of Health Policy, there shall be a presumption that the facility or service is needed and an application granted nonsubstantive review status by the Office of Health Policy shall not be reviewed for consistency with the State Health Plan.

††††† (8) Unless a hearing is requested pursuant to 900 KAR 6:090, the Office of Health Policy shall approve each application for a certificate of need that has been granted nonsubstantive review status if:

††††† (a) The application does not propose a capital expenditure; or

††††† (b) The application does propose a capital expenditure, and the Office of Health Policy finds the facility or service with respect to which the capital expenditure proposed is needed, unless the cabinet finds that the presumption of need provided for in subsection (7) of this section has been rebutted by clear and convincing evidence by an affected party.

††††† (9) The cabinet shall disapprove an application for a certificate of need that has been granted nonsubstantive review if the cabinet finds that the:

††††† (a) Applicant is not entitled to nonsubstantive review status; or

††††† (b) Presumption of need provided for in subsection (7) of this section has been rebutted by clear and convincing evidence by an affected party.

††††† (10) A decision to approve or disapprove an application which has been granted nonsubstantive review status shall be rendered within thirty-five (35) days of the date that nonsubstantive review status has been granted.

††††† (11) If a certificate of need is disapproved following nonsubstantive review, the applicant may:

††††† (a) Request that the cabinet reconsider its decision pursuant to KRS 216B.090 and 900 KAR 6:065;

††††† (b) Request that the application be placed in the next cycle of the formal review process; or

††††† (c) Seek judicial review pursuant to KRS 216B.115. (36 Ky.R. 239; Am. 626; 808; eff. 10-28-2009; 38 Ky.R. 339; 1007; 1140; eff. 12-7-2011; 39 Ky.R. 857; 1467; 1695; eff. 3-8-2013.)