Annual Surveys of Health Care Facilities
The Department collects vital information using its Annual Survey. The ability of the Department to keep records on health care facilities is essential. The information collected each year is accessed by many people across the state and the nation. In fact, State of Montana law requires that health care facilities supply such information.
Certificate of Need Statute (50-5-106, Montana Code annotated (MCA)). Records and reports required of health care facilities... Health care facilities shall keep records and make reports as required by the Department. Before February 1 of each year, every licensed health care facility shall submit an annual report for the preceding calendar year to the Department. The report must be on forms and contain information specified by the Department...
Completing the survey form contributes to the Department's health assessment, resource development, and planning capabilities. Each year, the following health care providers are surveyed:
- Ambulatory Surgical Centers
- Home Health Agencies
- Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
- Long-Term Care Facilities (Nursing Homes)
Each year, the Department uses the data from the annual surveys to update facility-specific need projections in the State Health Care Facilities Plan. The projections are usually incorporated into the various components during the summer. Currently, each year's data are stored within Excel spreadsheets by provider type. This information is available electronically to the public. Hard copies of an individual facility's survey are also available for a fee.
If you have any questions, please contact the Certificate of Need Program at (406) 444-9519.