Health care lawyers in West Virginia will be watching two appeals involving the certificate of need law being argued before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia this week. The West Virginia Health Care Authority is responsible for hearing and issuing certificate of need decisions to health care providers.
The briefs for the two arguments have now been posted on the Supreme Court of Appeals website and you can watch and hear the arguments via the court's webcast on October 4 & 5.
On October 4, 2005 the Supreme Court will hear the matter of Family Medical Imaging, LLC, et al. v. WV Health Care Authority, et al. This is an appeal from an Order from the Raleigh County Circuit Court upholding the WV Healthcare Authorities decision denying the petitioner's Certificate of Need for the use of an ultrasound machine. The Court affirmed the HCA's denial and the petitioners are seeking a reversal and approval for their application.
The briefs filed in this matter, including an amicus brief filed by the West Virginia Hospital Association and an intervenor brief filed by Raliegh General Hospital, can be found here.
On October 5, 2005, the Supreme Court will hear the matter of Fairmont General Hospital, Inc. v. WV Health Care Authority, et al. AND Fairmont General Hospital, Inc. v. WV Health Care Authority, et al. United Hospital Center, Inc. and West Virginia United Health System, Inc., and the West Virginia Health Care Authority, file separate petitions for appeal which have been consolidated. They appeal the Circuit Court's order reversing the Health Care Authority's decision to grant a certificate of need for the building of a replacement United Hospital eight miles from its present location.
The briefs filed in this matter can be found here.