Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
Lawmaker opposition jeopardizes KU Health-Liberty Hospital deal

Missouri lawmakers are currently working on legislation that aims to prevent a proposed merger between Liberty (Mo.) Hospital and the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City. The Missouri Independent reported on Feb. 12 that state Sen. J.R. Claeys has introduced a bill in Kansas that would require the University of Kansas Health System to obtain approval from the state legislature before making investments in facilities outside its borders.

Meanwhile, Missouri state Sen. Greg Razer is sponsoring legislation that would restrict collaboration between Missouri hospitals and out-of-state health systems connected to institutions of higher education. The bill proposed by Sen. Razer specifically requires a supermajority of voters to approve any partnerships between Missouri hospitals and out-of-state health systems associated with institutions of higher education.

During a Missouri Senate committee meeting, Mr. Dennis Carter, president of the Liberty Hospital board, spoke about the risks of the hospital becoming a part of a for-profit system, rather than the community-oriented institution that was originally intended. Liberty Hospital leaders began exploring a partnership with a health system in response to growing demand for healthcare services in the northern Kansas City suburbs. By October, the University of Kansas Health System emerged as the preferred partner. However, the potential acquisition of a Missouri hospital by a Kansas institution has faced opposition from lawmakers in both states.

The proposed merger between Liberty (Mo.) Hospital and the University of Kansas Health System has sparked debate among lawmakers in both states over whether it should be allowed to proceed or not.

Missouri state Sen. Greg Razer is advocating for legislation that would restrict collaboration between Missouri hospitals and out-of-state health systems connected to institutions of higher education, while Mr. Dennis Carter, president of Liberty Hospital’s board, is urging lawmakers not to impede the planned merger.

The bill proposed by Sen

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