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Challenge to CON rule change

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January 1, 2008

Albany - A group of community hospitals is suing the State Board of Community Health. The suit challenges a rule approved December 13th by the board that reclassified general surgeons.

That rule essentially allows general surgeons to set up ambulatory surgery centers without going through Georgia's certificate-of-need process. The 59-hospital alliance says the Legislature reserves the right to decide whether to reclassify general surgery as a single specialty, not the Board of community health.

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