Around the nation: May 20, 2015
Bite-sized hospital and health industry news
- Georgia: La Grange-based West Georgia Health on Tuesday unveiled plans to join with Marietta-based WellStar Health System, the largest not-for-profit community health system in the state. "We were looking for a strong partner, but we were also looking for a good fit—the right fit," says West Georgia Health President and CEO Jerry Fulks, adding, "WellStar is that fit" (Rosin, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/19).
- Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Monday signed a bill into law that will impose a 48-hour mandatory delay before a woman can obtain an abortion. The law is scheduled to take effect July 1. According to the Guttmacher Institute, Tennessee is now one of 26 states that impose mandatory delays before an abortion (Ghianni, Reuters, 5/18).
- Tennessee: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the state's largest insurance company, has asked to increase its premiums by 36% for its 2016 individual health insurance plans. That's up from the 19% rate increase that was approved for the insurer last year (Snyder, Nashville Business Journal, 5/18).
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