Certificate of Need
Certificate of Need (CON) programs are utilized by approximately 37 states to help maintain quality of care, control a portion of the health care costs of communities, and promote rational distribution of certain health care services. CON requires that individuals or health care facilities seeking to initiate or expand services submit applications to the State. Approval must be obtained before initiating projects that require capital expenditures above certain dollar thresholds, introduce new services, or expand beds or services. Montana's CON program has existed since 1975. Currently, the Program is organized within the Licensure Bureau of the Quality Assurance Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Certificate of Need Annual Health Care Facility Reports
State Health Care Facilities Plan
The Montana Health Care Facilities Plan has been written to meet the requirements of the Montana Certificate of Need (CON) law. The plan provides projections of need and guidance in determining need for health care facilities and services covered by the CON law. The plan should be used as a guideline along with more recent data or additional information, when available, in the review of CON applications.
Included here are components on home health services, nursing home services, intermediate care facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities, ambulatory surgical services, and inpatient chemical dependency treatment facilities.