Lawmaker opposition jeopardizes KU Health-Liberty Hospital deal

Restrictions on Out-of-State Health System Partnerships: A Closer Look at Missouri and Kansas

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.

Missouri state Sen. Greg Razer’s bill requires a supermajority of voters to approve any partnerships between Missouri hospitals and out-of-state health systems associated with institutions of higher education, whereas the bill proposed by Sen. Claeys in Kansas requires approval from the state legislature before any investments can be made by the University of Kansas Health System outside its borders.

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 being community-oriented as it was originally intended. Liberty Hospital leaders began exploring partnerships with health systems due to growing demand for healthcare services in northern Kansas City suburbs. By October, the University of Kansas Health System emerged as their preferred partner but faced opposition from lawmakers in both states who wanted to prevent the merger from happening.

Meanwhile, Mr. Carter advocates for lawmakers to refrain from interfering with the planned merger between Liberty (Mo.) Hospital and the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City. He expressed concerns that interference from legislators could lead to the hospital being acquired by a chain, resulting in closure of its labor and delivery center and level 2 trauma center.

Lawmakers are currently working hard to prevent a proposed merger between Liberty (Mo.) Hospital and the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, which has faced opposition from both states.

The potential acquisition of a Missouri hospital by a Kansas institution has faced opposition from lawmakers in both states who want to prevent it from happening.

The proposed merger between Liberty (Mo.) Hospital and the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City is facing opposition from lawmakers who are concerned about its impact on healthcare services and patients.

Missouri state Sen. Greg Razer’s bill aims to restrict collaboration between Missouri hospitals and out-of-state health systems associated with institutions of higher education while Sen

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