April 27, 2021

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the greatest fear for the commonwealth was that our health care facilities would be overrun and filled to capacity. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), hospital systems and Virginia’s physicians spent hours planning for worst-case scenarios. Unfortunately, there was a long-standing, intractable barrier limiting Virginia’s access to health care: Certificate of Public Need (COPN)...

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