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Crowe narrows information defined as confidential for Ballad Health

Nahan Baker, Johnson City Press • Mar 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

A bill filed to keep Ballad Health’s business information confidential now heads to the state Senate floor after its scope was narrowed to incorporate the concerns of state residents and open government officials.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved a bill Wednesday by Johnson City Sen. Rusty Crowe, the committee’s chair, after changing it to legislation hashed out by representatives from Ballad, the state Department of Health, the Attorney General’s office and the state Coalition for Open Government.

“I think what you’re going to have after this is one of the most open hospital systems in state,” Crowe said after the committee meeting. “Everything, even proprietary items are going to go to state, and (the Health Commissioner) can at his or her discretion, still release that information after due process.”

The original bill would have made confidential 14 types of information reported to the state by Ballad as part of a certificate of public advantage agreement, including budgets and expenditures, business and marketing plans, financial audits, facility assessments, employment agreements, facility closures or repurposing and changes to service lines.

For more on this story, visit the Johnson City Press.

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