DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: HOSPITAL BILLS HAVE LITTLE SUPPORT
D.C. Council member Sandy Allen (D) announced yesterday thatThis is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
"she will not introduce legislation that would have threatened"
Tenet Healthcare Group's planned purchase of George Washington
University Medical Center (see AHL 3/3). Allen said that the
bills "would have created regulatory roadblocks to the conversion
of nonprofit hospitals into money-making companies." However,
she said she could not "round up enough votes for her proposal"
to give the city the authority "to decide whether GW officials
had negotiated a fair price for selling a controlling interest in
GW" to Tenet. Bob Bethea, a spokesperson for Allen, said she may
reintroduce the bills at a later date. WASHINGTON TIMES reports
that Allen wants the city "to share in any profits from the deal,
to compensate for losing a charitable institution."
FOLLOWING THE TREND: TIMES reports that Allen's bills
reflect "a national debate over how local governments should
regulate consolidation in the health care industry driven by
profit making companies." California and New York, along with
other states, have given their attorneys general the authority to
review such mergers (Goldreich, 3/4).