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certificate of need

a document issued by a health systems agency or local health planning agency, giving formal permission for construction and modification of health agencies, major equipment expenditures, or new health services. An institution or individual health care provider can apply for such a certificate.


abbreviation for certificate-of-need.

certificate of need



A declaration from a government planning agency indicating that the construction or alteration of an existing health facility is justified. Designed initially in the 1970s to prevent the construction of duplicate health care facilities in local or regional markets, some analysts have suggested that CONs have instead defended existing hospitals from unwanted competition.

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Q. What arethe pros and cons of removingmy gallbladder due to gallstones

A. Pro - solves the problem (gallstones usually don't form in the absence of gall bladder

Cons - operation, with its complications: anesthesia, incision, hernia in the incision, infection etc.
Usually there are no chronic consequences for the absence of gallbladder.

However, this is only general advice - if you have any questions regarding this subject, you should consult a doctor (e.g. general surgeon).

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Q. do you know what are the pros and cons of the Sonic toothbrush from Oral B (electric tooth brush)? last night, my best friend raved about it for a whole hour. My dentist told me to use a soft brush (number 35) to clean my teeth and that the electric brushes are a bit over rated. My friend specifically told me about the Sonic product and told me that it also makes his teeth whiter. I wanted to know if anybody has any knowledge or experience from first hand about this product or any good information about it.

A. Thank you for the frank answer. I wonder if I can find a really soft electric toothbrush

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In the decline of 2001, however, Conning found the seeds of hope for variable annuity insurers.
In addition, Conning found some PC insurers had invested only in "operational" CRM and not in "analytical" CRM, leaving service representatives and field personnel collecting a great deal of data without analyzing the data to identify ways to build stronger customer relationships.
The Conning study examines the distribution of life insurance in an era in which the Depression-inspired barriers between banks, brokerages and insurers have largely fallen away (at least in part because of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act).
According to the Conning study, "Insurance Scoring in Personal Automobile Insurance: Breaking the Silence," 92% of the respondents to Conning's survey of the 100 largest personal automobile insurers use credit data in underwriting new business.
From 1992-1997 medical malpractice insurers aggressively took down reserves to increase their investment portfolios," said Geri Riley, assistant vice president at Conning and author of the study.
Together, Conning and Swiss Re will offer clients unparalleled expertise in the rapidly converging insurance and financial markets," said John Baily, president of Capital Partners.
According to Conning & Company's latest study, "Term Life and Regulation XXX: A Straw in Search of a Camel's Back," sales growth in the term life marketplace should remain strong, approaching 10% to 11% annually.