For years, Progressive Radiology provided all of the professional radiological services for a radiology center in Northern Virginia. In 2003, its head, Dr. Mark Monteferrante, and his partners assisted the owners of that center in their attempt to add a second MRI machine to its busy office—a decision that would require a certificate of need from the state. That process, which simply sought permission to add capacity to an existing successful facility, involved two separate denials, took fully five years, and cost roughly $175,000 in filing fees, consultant fees and attorney expenses before the center was allowed to purchase a second MRI machine.
When that radiology center was sold to Inova Health Systems, an enormous healthcare conglomerate based in Virginia, Progressive Radiology decided to start a center of their own to further serve patients in Northern Virginia. Its doctors are licensed to practice in Virginia and they believe they can provide high-quality service by investing their money to build a state-of-the-art facility.
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CON Job: How A Virginia Law Enriches Established Businesses by Limiting Your Medical Options, and How IJ Is Going to Stop It.
Virginia’s certificate of need program actually makes it illegal to offer new medical services or purchase certain types of medical equipment without first obtaining a special permission slip from the government.