The West Virginia Health Care Authority denied a request from two groups of malpractice plaintiffs to delay the certificate-of-need hearings for the sale of four HCA hospitals in West Virginia to LifePoint Hospitals. All of the plaintiffs are alleging that a physician who practiced at HCA's Putnam General Hospital, Hurricane, performed unnecessary procedures. One group of plaintiffs asked the authority to extend the time period for discovery in the CON hearings, while the other group asked the authority to drop plans for an expedited review of the sale and pursue a longer "standard review." The three-member authority ruled unanimously that the malpractice cases are not relevant to the CON review. -- by Vince Galloro
W.Va. won't delay hearings on sale of HCA hospitals
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