Thursday, September 13, 2012

State decisions on Mercy, Centegra renew questions on certificates of need

State decisions on Mercy, Centegra renew questions on certificates of need

An Illinois regulatory board's selection of one hospital plan over another in northwest suburban McHenry County raises questions as to whether the state — rather than the market — should decide the fate of health care projects.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board this week rejected for a second time Janesville, Wis.-based Mercy Health System's application to build a $115 million hospital in Crystal Lake. The decision follows the board's earlier approval of Centegra Health System's proposal to construct a $233 million hospital in nearby Huntley.

The decisions, if not overturned by a possible court challenge, leave Crystal Lake-based Centegra the apparent winner in the lengthy and costly regulatory battle.

Pray for a challange.  The board's been nothing but a source of corruption and misery for many involved.  It only harms the supply of healthcare to the citizens of Illinois.

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