Court Upholds Texas Hospital's Restrictions on Non-Contracted Cardiologists

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A federal appeals court has found Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas, has a rational basis for enacting a resolution that excludes non-contracted cardiologists from exercising clinical privileges at the hospital, according to an American Medical News report.

Three cardiologists sued CMC to block the resolution, a request that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied.  

The cardiologists were informed of the resolution in Feb. 2010, when CMC's board decided to close the cardiology department to resolve "operational problems." Court documents reveal the decision followed "interpersonal friction" between the cardiologists and CMC's cardiovascular surgeon, Yusuke Yahagi, MD.

Read the American Medical News report on the cardiologists of Citizens Medical Center.

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