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Analyst doesn’t like DeTrane’s plan
Dr. Frank DeTrane suffered another setback this week in his attempt to offer a virtual colonoscopy service at his Fredericksburg office.
On Monday, a Health Department analyst with the Division of Certificate of Public Need recommended denial of the project.
The analyst said the project is unneeded since the Fredericksburg area already has 10 existing and one approved CT machines. According to state standards, those machines are not busy enough to justify adding another.
The analyst also cited opposition from the community. The project would foster “unnecessary competition,” the analyst said, with other providers of CT services, “including and especially those who already have the capabilities of providing virtual colonoscopy services.”
The analyst specifically cited a letter of opposition from MediCorp Health System and Mary Washington Hospital. The hospital fears that a competitive service would “siphon off a portion of MWH’s outpatient volumes,” according to its letter.
The analyst also said that DeTrane and his colleagues at Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg have proposed borrowing all of the money needed for the project, thus incurring “significant” interest costs.
DeTrane wants to spend nearly $1 million to buy a CT scanner and integrate a virtual service with the traditional or optical colonoscopy that he already offers.
A local review board endorsed the project in June, but, earlier this month, the Northwestern Virginia Health Systems Agency, at the next level of review, recommended against it. DeTrane will get to argue his case again, at a “fact-finding” conference in Richmond Aug. 5.