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Mississippi high court says UMMC subject to law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A certificate-of-need law applies to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, however, health officials can make exceptions for the teaching hospital, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled.

The CON law limits where hospitals can locate and expand and what services they can provide.

Thursday's unanimous ruling came in a lawsuit on the issue of whether UMMC, as a competitor in the hospital marketplace, must abide by the same CON laws as the other 100-plus hospitals in Mississippi.

UMMC filed a CON application for authority to buy and install a new linear accelerator on its Jackson campus. The equipment is used for cancer radiation treatment.

St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Health Management Associates and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center took the view that the CON laws apply to UMMC as to all hospitals.

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