(Asheville Citizen-Times) Proposed state regulations that would drastically limit Mission Hospital’s operations are on hold for the rest of the year. A special House commitee on Thursday said they would not be considered during the upcoming short session of the General Assembly. The regulations would, among other restrictions, impose a 10-mile operating buffer zone around Mission and limit the number of doctors it can employ in counties where it already operates. Nearly all lawmakers from Western North Carolina are against the proposals, issued in March by the 11-member House Select Committee on the Certificate of Need Process and Related Hospital Issues. The Republican committee — which includes no one from WNC — closely examined the Certificate of Need process, the state-mandated 1995 agreement under which Memorial Mission and St. Joseph’s hospitals in Asheville were allowed to merge and have operated since.
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