A Johnson City legislator is carrying a bill at the request of Ballad Health that would shield certain “competitive” information from the public record that has to be exchanged with the Tennessee Department of Health.
Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, said SB2048 would prevent competitors from exploiting proprietary information that Ballad Health is required to share with the Department of Health as part of the Certificate of Public Advantage monitoring process.
The legislation contains inclusive language, concealing the hospital system’s operating budget, capital budget, expenditures, financial audits, facility assessments, payor agreements, financing and facility closures or repurposing from the public record.
Crowe noted his bill would not conceal any records that are currently public.
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