Certificate of Public Need (COPN)

The attorneys of Goodman Allen Donnelly have successfully represented dozens of providers and facilities throughout the complex administrative and regulatory Certificate of Public Need (“COPN”) process in Virginia. Goodman Allen Donnelly helps meet client goals through feasibility studies, effective drafting of applications and presentations, navigation through the review process, and representation at hearings before the Virginia Department of Health and courts of appeal.

Goodman Allen Donnelly represents clients from a wide range of project scopes and sizes, ranging from new hospitals to mobile equipment site approvals. Notable prior clients include:

  • Regional hospital applicant seeking to establish new ambulatory surgery centers on campus and in a new location
  • Large inpatient psychiatric hospital seeking to add additional beds
  • Large regional multispecialty ambulatory surgery center seeking approval to develop additional operating rooms
  • Nursing facility applicants seeking to add additional beds or establish new facilities
  • Cancer center seeking approval to develop radiation therapy services
  • Specialist physician groups seeking approval for single-specialty operating rooms
  • Psychiatric services company seeking to develop a new inpatient psychiatric hospital
  • Regional hospital system applicant for approval to relocate operating rooms from an existing hospital to a new offsite outpatient ambulatory surgery center and
  • Diagnostic imaging centers seeking approval to expand capacity at an existing imaging center or develop specialty imaging services

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