The story behind the certificate of need: What it is, why it exists, and why it has been a thorn in Virginia’s side for decades

Some lawmakers already sported wry smiles as Sarah Stanton, a staff member with the Division of Legislative Services, walked to a lectern in late November to deliver a presentation on Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need, or COPN, program. “Everybody’s favorite topic,” she said sarcastically, and both the crowd behind her and lawmakers on the Joint … Continue reading The story behind the certificate of need: What it is, why it exists, and why it has been a thorn in Virginia’s side for decades