Illinois just made it more difficult to close hospitals

A law went into effect July 15 in Illinois that adds to the administrative process of closing or downsizing a hospital, according to The Southern Illinoisan.

Now to close a hospital, the owner needs a permit from the state Health Facilities and Services Review Board. The law also applies to ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes and other healthcare sites. Organizations will also be required to obtain a permit to close service lines, and they are limited to one application every six months, according to the report.

Previously, permits were required, but operators could apply for exemptions. Read the full story here.


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