You might recall that a few weeks ago I approved American Medical Response’s (AMR Maricopa) application to operate ambulances in Maricopa County (called a Certificate of Necessity or CON). I approved the Certificate of Necessity after reviewing a host of evidence presented to an Administrative Law Judge and her Order recommending approval. Approval of the application doesn’t mean that AMR Maricopa actually possesses the CON.
According to the administrative and due process statutes involved, we wait 30 days before physically issuing the Certificate of Necessity. A.R.S. § 12-901(2) says that decisions in administrative adjudications are not “final” until after a request for rehearing or review is denied, or the decision on a request for rehearing or review is rendered.
Rural Metro (pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1092.09) has filed a request for rehearing or review of my prior decision. We received AMR Maricopa’s response to Rural Metro’s request. I now have until February 26 to make a final decision on this matter.