Hospital Challenges Wash. Elective Angioplasty Rules

Law360, New York (March 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A hospital has filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington challenging state regulations that restrict which hospitals can perform elective angioplasties, claiming that the regulations are anti-competitive.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital sued the Washington State Department of Health on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, seeking to force the state to allow more hospitals to perform elective angioplasties.

An angioplasty — formally known as a percutaneous coronary intervention — is a procedure in which a balloon is inflated inside...
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