Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Brant Phillips provided insight on Tennessee's certificate of need (CON) program, which is the regulatory process the state's healthcare providers must satisfy prior to initiating new services or making major capital expenditures on facilities or equipment. In the article, Brant explains that Tennessee is seeing a steady volume of CON project activity that stems, in part, from "'renewed confidence in the economy [that gives] healthcare providers more confidence in making large capital expenditures in their facilities.'" The trend toward a consumer-driven healthcare marketplace is having an effect as well, as Brant points out, with "'some of these projects . . . organized around making sure a provider is viewed as something consumers would want to choose.'"
The full article, "Certificate of Need Process Back in Spotlight," was published by The Daily News on July 8, 2015 and is available online.