OHCA is required to consider and make written findings concerning:
- whether the proposed project is consistent with any applicable policies and standards in OHCA regulations;
- the relationship of the proposal to the statewide health care facilities and services plan;
- whether there is a clear public need for the health care facility or services proposed by the applicant;
- whether the applicant has satisfactorily demonstrated how the proposal will affect the financial strength of the state's health care system;
- whether the applicant has satisfactorily demonstrated how the proposal will improve quality, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the region;
- the applicant's past and proposed provision of health care services to relevant patient populations and payer mix;
- whether the applicant has satisfactorily identified the population to be served by the proposed project and satisfactorily demonstrated that the identified population needs the proposed services;
- the utilization of existing health care facilities and health care services in the applicant's service area; and
- whether the applicant has satisfactorily demonstrated that the proposed project will not result in an unnecessary duplication of existing or approved health care services or facilities.
The office, as it deems necessary, may revise or supplement these guidelines and principles through regulation.