Connecticut certificate of need
Connecticut, like the rest of New England, is known for its robust infrastructure, social safety net, and sense of security it provides to its inhabitants. In many ways, that safety stems from the medical field.
Medical care must be easily available, affordable, and accessible in order for people to be healthy and happy. Earning a healthcare administration degree is a popular choice for those looking to break into a high-demand field in the medical field.
Healthcare administrators in Connecticut are focusing on lowering their healthcare costs; Connecticut is the fourth most expensive state in the country for companies to buy employee insurance, and insurers and providers must work together to correct this (NH Register, 2016).
If you don’t have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, a technical certificate in a field like healthcare management, medical assisting, or patient care technology might be a good place to start your health administration career. Graduate degrees, which are available to Master’s degree holders in Connecticut, are more widely available. Long-term care, systems management, and informatics are just a few of the topics covered in these programs.
CON rules are currently in place in 38 states and the District of Columbia. CON regulations mandate that would-be health-care providers and existing health-care providers seeking to expand receive state approval before opening or expanding. To obtain state approval, providers must demonstrate that their service or facility is required. States, on the other hand, allow a health care applicant’s competitors—usually other health care providers or hospitals—to veto their application by arguing that there is no need.
Despite the fact that many states are moving rapidly to relieve strains on their medical systems, much of the damage caused by CON laws has already been done. On March 20, for example, the governor of New York suspended CON laws, giving providers less than a week to ramp up before capacity was reached—far too little time to effectively increase health-care capacity.
This is one of the reasons why the rules should never have been enacted in the first place. Providers are aware of whether or not services or facilities are required. Allowing them to respond quickly in the event of a pandemic is clear, but they should be able to do so all year.
Con portal status
Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York are the six states that require a certificate of need for assisted living. The licensing of new facilities is prohibited in three states (Arkansas, North Carolina, and North Dakota). The moratorium in North Carolina has an exception for counties with an average occupancy rate above a certain threshold. New York, which reimburses assisted living as a Medicaid service, caps contracted units at 4,200 and subtracts 4,200 beds from nursing home bed need estimates. New Jersey keeps the CoN requirement but allows for a faster review. At the time this paper was written, legislation repealing the CoN requirement had been passed in Connecticut and was awaiting the Governor’s signature.
The certificate of need process was created to help allocate scarce health-care resources by limiting the supply of hospital and nursing-home care and thus reducing utilization. Certificates of need in long-term care limit consumer options and protect existing providers in today’s more service-rich environment. According to state experience, determining the adequate supply of nursing homes is impossible. Nursing home supply varies from 19.2 beds per thousand elderly in Nevada to 72.9 beds per thousand elderly residents in North Dakota. Applying certificate of need measures in an era when there is an abundance of home care and assisted living services weakens an already faulty policy.
Office of healthcare access
The Connecticut Department of Education’s website has more information about this arrangement. Contact the Connecticut Department of Education if you have more specific questions about your situation.
Professional learning is a priority for the Connecticut Department of Education. The district sets specific professional development goals, but a minimum of 18 hours is required each year. The Connecticut Department of Education’s Professional Development page has more information.