Regional Hospital of Jackson (Tenn.) said it will appeal the dismissal of its antitrust lawsuit against Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District and the district's subsidiary, seven-hospital Western Tennessee Healthcare, to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. A judge in U.S. District Court in Jackson earlier this week dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that state law granted the hospital district immunity from antitrust law. The judge also dismissed Regional Hospital's claims against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, saying the insurer was not the primary decisionmaker in the contracts with Western Tennessee Healthcare. Regional Hospital's July 2003 lawsuit contends that the district-owned health system signed exclusive contracts prohibiting insurers from doing business with 127-bed Regional Hospital, which is owned by Community Health Systems. "Neither this issue, nor this hospital, will simply fade into the sunset," Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Tim Puthoff said. The hospital plans to appeal by April 2. Officials from the district and Western Tennessee Healthcare declined comment on the matter. -- by Mark Taylor
Tenn. hospital to appeal antitrust suit's dismissal
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