The Legislature does hereby set out the following findings and reasons for passage of this article.
Alabama has adopted a system of health planning and development administered by the State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA).
In addition, the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) is charged with reviewing Alabama's health planning needs and writing the State Health Plan to assist the Certificate of Need Review Board.
The Certificate of Need Review Board is responsible for reviewing and approving certificate of need applications in Alabama.
There is no current systematic way for the SHPDA, SHCC, or the Certificate of Need Review Board to collect all the health care services information necessary for proper health care planning in Alabama, because reporting to SHPDA is voluntary.
The Legislature hereby finds and determines that collection of additional health care information is necessary for informed statewide health planning. The purpose of this law is to give SHPDA authority to require the reporting of certain information to SHDPA by the legal entities covered in this article.