|Community Benefit Requirement|
|Virginia may require a nonprofit hospital to provide community benefits as a condition of certificate of public need approval.
The Commissioner of the State Board of Health is authorized to condition approval of applications for certificates of public need on an applicant’s agreement to provide an acceptable level of reduced-rate care to indigents, provide care to persons with special needs, or facilitate primary care services in designated medically underserved areas within its service area. Va. Code §32.1-102.2(C); 12 Va. Admin. Code §§5-220-270(A) and 5-220-420(A). In 2013, an amendment was passed that allows the Commissioner to approve amendments to existing certificates related to the provision of reduced-rate care to indigents, care to patients requiring specialized care, or the facilitation of primary care services in designated medically underserved areas. Va. Code §32.1-102.4(G).