Since our founding in 1994, Ascendient has been recognized as a nationwide leader in certificate of need applications, strategy, and litigation. Because our healthcare consultants have been through the process hundreds of times in numerous states, we provide value-added services that clients simply cannot find elsewhere. In addition to streamlining the process, we also have developed an extensive database of CON applications, decisions, and litigation documents that allows us to anticipate how regulators are likely to view a specific request.
Our track record speaks for itself: In North Carolina alone, where certificate of need requirements are some of the most stringent in the nation, our clients’ projects have won regulatory approval nearly 90 percent of the time since 2005. That kind of success has led to a growing client base from Florida to Iowa, with applications ranging from a single piece of equipment to an entirely new campus.
In addition to our proactive certificate of need work, Ascendient can also provide assistance in CON-related litigation, whether that means testifying in defense of a client’s approved application, in support of a denied application, or in opposition to a competitor’s application. Four Ascendient professionals have been deposed in certificate of need litigation, and two are routinely recognized by administrative law judges as expert witnesses in CON cases.
Certificate of need – today & tomorrow
As one of America’s foremost experts in the certificate of need process, Ascendient monitors CON trends nationwide in an effort to stay ahead of the regulatory curve. In many states, certificate of need laws are being challenged, forcing healthcare providers to prepare for new pressures while adhering to the current regulatory regime. Our experienced healthcare consultants can help you navigate through this difficult transitional period, helping you win the approvals you need today while positioning for a more uncertain tomorrow.
We provide certificate of need consulting services to every type of healthcare provider, including independent hospitals, regional health systems, physician groups and hospices. Please read our white paper on planning for the post-CON world, then contact Daniel Carter at 919-226-1705 to discuss your needs – present and future.