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Bone Marrow Transplant Program Rejected

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Upholding recommendations from an administrative law judge, the state Agency for Health Care Administrationon Tuesday rejected a proposal by Baptist Hospital of Miami to establish an inpatient bone-marrow transplant program.

The agency issued a final order turning down a “certificate of need” for the transplant program. The decision sided with University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, which filed a challenge after the agency last year gave preliminary approval to the certificate of need.

The challenge went before Administrative Law Judge James H. Peterson III, who issued a 79-page recommended order in March that said the certificate of need —  a key regulatory approval — should be denied for a series of reasons. Under administrative law, the recommendation then had to go back to the agency for a final order. University of Miami Hospital and Clinics operates a bone-marrow transplant program.