Well, let’s cut to the chase: there aren’t any. That’s right, no applications were filed August 1 for radiation therapy CONs (or DONs — determinations of need — as we call them here in the People’s Republic of Massachsuetts).
Highly unusual, no? Could you imagine if the FCC held a bandwidth auction and nobody came? I don’t think this has ever happened before.
Could it be that DPH has overestimated need for the service? Or could it be that in the face of the byzantine need formula (which takes note of certain existing resources but not others), "the center cannot hold"?
Next filing date is February 1. We’ll see what happens then.