Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., has sued to block a Florida law that lets four rival hospitals offer open-heart surgery and angioplasty without passing a certificate-of-need review. Tenet's hospital in Delray Beach, Fla., contends it will lose patients to the competition. The lawsuit, which challenges the constitutionality of the new law, was filed last week in Leon County (Fla.) Circuit Court. A spokeswoman for one beneficiary of the law -- Indian River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach, Fla. -- said her hospital's proposal for the cardiac services has gone through the CON process four times and been challenged all along the way. The law's other beneficiaries are Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton Community Hospital, and Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart. -- by Patrick Reilly
Tenet sues Fla. over CON exemptions for rivals
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