Georgia agency nixes cancer chain's bid for rule change | News
ATLANTA (AP) -- A top Georgia health care official says a cap on the number of in-state patients that a national cancer treatment chain can treat will remain.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America was seeking permission from the state's Department of Community Health to apply for a new certificate as a general hospital.
The change would have allowed its Newnan facility to treat more Georgia patients, eliminating a cap set by lawmakers in 2008 when they created a "destination hospital" category to accommodate the company.
Department Commissioner Clyde Reese said Thursday that reaction to Cancer Treatment Centers' new proposal was overwhelmingly negative. Reese said the state agency was not the "proper venue" to make the change.
Lawmakers had complained the company was trying to skirt elected officials' authority by seeking the agency's approval.
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