Competitor drops opposition to Anne Arundel Medical Center's cardiac surgery center— 5 insights

Cheverly-based University of Maryland Capital Region Health System is no longer contesting Parole, Md.-based Anne Arundel Medical Center's cardiac surgery center, the Capital Gazette reports.

What you should know:

1. Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Md., and Anne Arundel Medical Center were competing for state approval to build separate cardiac surgery centers. The state ruled in Anne Arundel Medical Center's favor, awarding it a certificate of need, and BWMC appealed the decision in April 2017.

2. Baltimore Washington Medical Center argued the state's decision was "inconsistent" with its other health plan standards.

3. A judge upheld the decision in June 2018. Baltimore Washington Medical Center didn't continue contesting the project, but Capital Region Health System did appeal the decision. Capital Region Health System said a new cardiac surgery center would take patients from its own newly-opened surgery center.

4. Capital Region Health System continued to oppose Anne Arundel Medical Center's surgery center project before dropping its appeal April 19.

5. Anne Arundel Medical Center will now move forward with its cardiac surgery center, as Capital Region Health System focuses on expanding its own surgery center.

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