Judge backs bone-marrow transplant program
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Posted by: DCMS
The News Service of Florida
By NSF Staff
Rejecting a challenge from the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, an administrative law judge Wednesday backed a plan to start an adult inpatient bone-marrow transplant program at Baptist Hospital in Miami-Dade County.
Judge G.W. Chisenhall issued a 76-page recommended order saying the state Agency for Health Care Administration should approve a certificate of need --- a key regulatory step --- for the Baptist program.
The agency last year gave preliminary approval to the certificate of need, but the University of Miami, which provides bone-marrow transplants, filed a legal challenge. In the recommended order, Chisenhall acknowledged that a new program at Baptist could draw patients from the university’s bone-marrow transplant program.
“While the greater weight of the evidence demonstrates that UM should not experience any meaningful decline in volume, UM is very likely to be adversely impacted by the fact that its patient volumes (and the resulting increase in revenues) will not be growing as quickly” if the certificate of need is approved, Chisenhall wrote. But he concluded that “a balanced consideration of applicable statutory and rule review criteria leads to a conclusion that the CON should be granted.”
Under administrative law, Chisenhall’s recommended order will go back to the Agency for Health Care Administration for final action.