Mission Hospital Pleased with Final Report on Certificate of Need

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2012) – Today, the North Carolina House Select Committee on Certificate of Need Process and Related Hospital Issues delivered its final report regarding Mission Hospital’s Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA). The Committee’s final report states: “Mission has submitted the reports required under the statutes and has been determined to be in compliance with the terms of the COPA Agreement.”

“We are pleased with the Committee’s final report and are grateful for their support during this very long process,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “The Committee's work and related review has shown clearly that Mission has been fully compliant with the COPA. The process included a remarkable, ten-year review of all aspects of Mission’s compliance with the COPA, and this affirmation should reassure any reasonable party - once and for all - that Mission has met not only the letter of the law, but the full spirit of the COPA by providing significant community benefit.”

The final report was issued at today’s Committee meeting regarding North Carolina’s Certificate of Need. In addition to confirming Mission’s full compliance with the COPA, the Committee also recommended that the hospitals, health care providers and interested parties meet to discuss patient care in western North Carolina and report on their discussions before the end of the next Long Session of the 2013 General Assembly.

The COPA, initially issued by the State of North Carolina in 1995, was a condition of allowing the merger of Memorial Mission Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital (now Mission Hospital) to go forward. In September, Mission Hospital’s compliance with the COPA was confirmed when an independent accounting firm released a five-year assessment. Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, was retained by the State of North Carolina to assess and issue a report of findings on Mission Hospital’s compliance with the COPA from 2007-2011. The report showed that in each and every matter related to COPA – contracting with or employing physicians, controlling costs or contracting with insurance companies – Mission Hospital was thoroughly and undeniably compliant. As added assurance, Mission also voluntarily reported an additional five years of compliance information to the Committee.

“I would like to express my deepest appreciation to our community leaders and government officials who have supported us throughout this long process,” continued Dr. Paulus.  “Mission frequently meets with collaborators and adversaries alike, so the Committee recommendation reinforces our current approach to the market.  Most important, the conclusion of this process allows Mission to fully focus on our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family. This good news allows us to close this chapter and open another as we look toward a new year of providing world-class care to our community as one of the Top 15 Health Systems in the United States.”