Monday, October 16

McGrath leaves Benefis' COPA in place

In one of the most shocking and welcome pieces of news I have seen in quite a while, our Attorney General has ruled that Benefis should still be required to operate under the Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) put in place when the organization was created out of the merger between the Columbus and Deaconess hospitals.

Color me shocked; I figured that since the Supreme Court had allowed the Clinic to continue operating its Montana Surgical Hospital, the COPA was toast. Myself, I take it that McGrath figured that if Benefis could spend $75.2 Million on a new surgical tower, they didn't need regulatory relief.

Let's see how this plays out in the next few days ...

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