West Virginia Health Care Authority

CON Glossary of Terms

CON Glossary of Terms
Definitions are taken from W.Va. Code § 16-2D-2.
Affected person:
  1. ​The applicant;
  2. An agency or organization representing consumers;
  3. An individual residing within the geographic area but within this state served or to be served by the applicant;
  4. An individual who regularly uses the health care facilities within that geographic area;
  5. A health care facility located within this state which provide services similar to the services of the facility under review and which will be significantly affected by the proposed project;
  6. A health care facility located within this state which, before receipt by the authority of the proposal being reviewed, have formally indicated an intention to provide similar services within this state in the future;
  7. Third-party payors who reimburse health care facilities within this state similar to those proposed for services;
  8. An agency that establishes rates for health care facilities within this state similar to those proposed; or
  9. An organization representing health care providers.
Ambulatory health care facility A facility that provides health services to noninstitutionalized and nonhomebound persons on an outpatient basis.
Ambulatory surgical facility A facility not physically attached to a health care facility that provides surgical treatment to patients not requiring hospitalization.
Applicant A person proposing a proposed health service.
Authority The West Virginia Health Care Authority as provided in article twenty-nine-b of this chapter.
Bed capacity The number of beds licensed to a health care facility or the number of adult and pediatric beds permanently staffed and maintained for immediate use by inpatients in patient rooms or wards in an unlicensed facility.
Behavioral health services Services provided for the care and treatment of persons with mental illness or developmental disabilities in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
Birthing center A short-stay ambulatory health care facility designed for low-risk births following normal uncomplicated pregnancy.
Campus The adjacent grounds and buildings, or grounds and buildings not separated by more than a public right-of-way, of a health care facility.

Capital expenditure:
  1. An expenditure made by or on behalf of a health care facility, which:
    (i) Under generally accepted accounting principles is not properly chargeable as an expense of operation and maintenance; or (ii) is made to obtain either by lease or comparable arrangement any facility or part thereof or any equipment for a facility or part; and
  2. (i) Exceeds the expenditure minimum; (ii) is a substantial change to the bed capacity of the facility with respect to which the expenditure is made; or (iii) is a substantial change to the services of such facility;
  3. The transfer of equipment or facilities for less than fair market value if the transfer of the equipment or facilities at fair market value would be subject to review; or
  4. A series of expenditures, if the sum total exceeds the expenditure minimum and if determined by the state agency to be a single capital expenditure subject to review. In making this determination, the state agency shall consider: Whether the expenditures are for components of a system which is required to accomplish a single purpose; or whether the expenditures are to be made within a two-year period within a single department such that they will constitute a significant modernization of the department.
Charges The economic value established for accounting purposes of the goods and services a hospital provides for all classes of purchasers.
Community mental health and intellectual disability facility A facility which provides comprehensive services and continuity of care as emergency, outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient or consultation and education for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disability.
Diagnostic imaging The use of radiology, ultrasound, mammography, fluoroscopy, nuclear imaging, densitometry to create a graphic depiction of the body parts.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services A medically or psychotherapeutically supervised process for assisting individuals on an inpatient or outpatient basis through the processes of withdrawal from dependency on psychoactive substances.
Expenditure minimum The cost of acquisition, improvement, expansion of any facility, equipment, or services including the cost of any studies, surveys, designs, plans, working drawings, specifications and other activities, including staff effort and consulting at and above $5 million.
Health care facility A publicly or privately owned facility, agency or entity that offers or provides health services, whether a for-profit or nonprofit entity and whether or not licensed, or required to be licensed, in whole or in part.
Health care provider A person authorized by law to provide professional health service in this state to an individual.
Health services Clinically related preventive, diagnostic, treatment or rehabilitative services.
Home health agency An organization primarily engaged in providing professional nursing services either directly or through contract arrangements and at least one of the following services:
  1. Home health aide services;
  2. Physical therapy;
  3. Speech therapy;
  4. Occupational therapy;
  5. Nutritional services; or
  6. Medical social services to persons in their place of residence on a part-time or intermittent basis.
Hospice A coordinated program of home and inpatient care provided directly or through an agreement under the direction of a licensed hospice program which provides palliative and supportive medical and other health services to terminally ill individuals and their families.
Hospital A facility licensed pursuant to the provisions of article five-b of this chapter and any acute care facility operated by the state government, that primarily provides inpatient diagnostic, treatment or rehabilitative services to injured, disabled or sick persons under the supervision of physicians.
Intermediate care facility An institution that provides health-related services to individuals with conditions that require services above the level of room and board, but do not require the degree of services provided in a hospital or skilled-nursing facility.
Like equipment Medical equipment in which functional and technological capabilities are similar to the equipment being replaced; and the replacement equipment is to be used for the same or similar diagnostic, therapeutic, or treatment purposes as currently in use; and it does not constitute a substantial change in health service or a proposed health service.
Major medical equipment A single unit of medical equipment or a single system of components with related functions which is used for the provision of medical and other health services and costs in excess of the expenditure minimum. This term does not include medical equipment acquired by or on behalf of a clinical laboratory to provide clinical laboratory services if the clinical laboratory is independent of a physician’s office and a hospital and it has been determined under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to meet the requirements of paragraphs ten and eleven, Section 1861(s) of such act, Title 42 U.S.C. §1395x. In determining whether medical equipment is major medical equipment, the cost of studies, surveys, designs, plans, working drawings, specifications and other activities essential to the acquisition of such equipment shall be included. If the equipment is acquired for less than fair market value, the term "cost" includes the fair market value.
Medically underserved population The population of an area designated by the authority as having a shortage of a specific health service.
Nonhealth-related project A capital expenditure for the benefit of patients, visitors, staff or employees of a health care facility and not directly related to health services offered by the health care facility.
Offer The health care facility holds itself out as capable of providing, or as having the means to provide, specified health services.
Person An individual, trust, estate, partnership, limited liability corporation, committee, corporation, governing body, association and other organizations such as joint-stock companies and insurance companies, a state or a political subdivision or instrumentality thereof or any legal entity recognized by the state.
Personal care agency An entity that provides personal care services approved by the Bureau of Medical Services.
Personal care services Personal hygiene; dressing; feeding; nutrition; environmental support and health-related tasks provided by a personal care agency.
Physician An individual who is licensed by the Board of Medicine or the Board of Osteopathy to practice in West Virginia.
Proposed health service Any service as described in section eight of this article.
Purchaser An individual who is directly or indirectly responsible for payment of patient care services rendered by a health care provider, but does not include third-party payers.
Rates Charges imposed by a health care facility for health services.
Records Accounts, books and other data related to health service costs at health care facilities subject to the provisions of this article which do not include privileged medical information, individual personal data, confidential information, the disclosure of which is prohibited by other provisions of this code and the laws enacted by the federal government, and information, the disclosure of which would be an invasion of privacy.
Rehabilitation facility An inpatient facility licensed in West Virginia operated for the primary purpose of assisting in the rehabilitation of disabled persons through an integrated program of medical and other services.
Related organization An organization, whether publicly owned, nonprofit, tax-exempt or for profit, related to a health care facility through common membership, governing bodies, trustees, officers, stock ownership, family members, partners or limited partners, including, but not limited to, subsidiaries, foundations, related corporations and joint ventures. For the purposes of this subdivision "family members" means parents, children, brothers and sisters whether by the whole or half blood, spouse, ancestors and lineal descendants.
Skilled nursing facility An institution, or a distinct part of an institution, that primarily provides inpatient skilled nursing care and related services, or rehabilitation services, to injured, disabled or sick persons.
Standard A health service guideline developed by the authority and instituted under section six.
State health plan A document prepared by the authority that sets forth a strategy for future health service needs in the state.
"Substantial change to the bed capacity" of a health care facility Any change, associated with a capital expenditure, that increases or decreases the bed capacity or relocates beds from one physical facility or site to another, but does not include a change by which a health care facility reassigns existing beds as swing beds between acute care and long-term care categories or a decrease in bed capacity in response to federal rural health initiatives.

Substantial change to the health services:
  1. The addition of a health service offered by or on behalf of the health care facility which was not offered by or on behalf of the facility within the twelve-month period before the month in which the service is first offered; or
  2. The termination of a health service offered by or on behalf of the facility but does not include the termination of ambulance service, wellness centers or programs, adult day care or respite care by acute care facilities.
Third-party payor An individual, person, corporation or government entity responsible for payment for patient care services rendered by health care providers.
To develop To undertake those activities which upon their completion will result in the offer of a proposed health service or the incurring of a financial obligation in relation to the offering of such a service.
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