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Hospital Mergers, ‘Surprise’ Bill Protections OK’d by Texas Gov.

June 14, 2019, 11:55 PM

Rural hospitals in Texas could find it easier to consolidate with facilities in neighboring communities and patients socked with surprisingly high bills will get assistance from state regulators under two pieces of legislation signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) June 14.

The law that covers hospital merger agreements, H.B. 3301, establishes a process by which hospitals in certain rural Texas counties can obtain state approval for transactions shown to be in the public interest.

The measure is an effort to help rural hospitals improve care via collaboration without fear that federal antitrust authorities will step in to block those efforts...

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