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Dignity hospital seeks to operate ambulances independently, faces contract disputes

San Francisco-based Dignity Health wants to provide non-emergency ambulance services in the market of one of its hospitals — Phoenix-based St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center — which has ignited a contract war with local ambulance suppliers, according to a report from azcentral.com.

Dignity applied to the Arizona Department of Health Services for a certificate of necessity to expand its Las Vegas-based Community Ambulance business into Phoenix. Now three ambulance providers in the area — ABC Ambulance, Maricopa Ambulance and American Medical Response — have filed paperwork in opposition, according to the report. An administrative law judge will review the case and the state's health department director will make the final decision to approve or reject the certificate, according to the report.

However, AMR, which provides a non-emergency transport for Dignity, now wants to terminate its contract with the health system — leading Dignity to file a civil lawsuit in response, according to the report. The lawsuit claims AMR does not have the right to terminate its contract with Dignity and claims contract language bars the ambulance company from obstructing Dignity in its attempt to provide transport services in the Phoenix area, according to the report.

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