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Hospital merger decision delayed 30 days in Virginia

Zach Vance, Johnson City Press • Sep 29, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Virginia Department of Health Commissioner Marissa Levine granted a request from Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System officials to delay her decision on whether to approve their hospital merger until Oct. 30.

Hospital leaders Alan Levine and Bart Hove submitted a letter to the commissioner on Thursday, requesting she take additional time to review the decision in consideration of Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner’s approval on Sept. 19.

“On September 19, 2017, the Tennessee State Health Commissioner approved a Certificate of Public Advantage for the Applicants, subject to certain Terms of Certification (the “Tennessee COPA”). The Applicants want to ensure that the Commissioner and her staff have sufficient time to review the Tennessee Terms and consider the possible interplay between the Tennessee Terms and the Virginia Application,” the letter read.

Called a Certificate of Need in Tennessee and a Cooperative Agreement in Virginia, both applications, if approved, provide hospital mergers state-action immunity from federal antitrust scrutiny.

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