In Tennessee, Ballad Health Gets An “A” Grade No Matter How Its Hospitals Performed

A Tennessee Agency That Is Supposed To Hold Accountable And Grade The Nation’s Largest State-Sanctioned Hospital Monopoly Awards Full Credit On Dozens Of Quality-Of-Care Measurements As Long As It Reports Any Value — Regardless Of How Its Hospitals Actually Perform.

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Tennessee Certificate Of Need Reform Bill Approved By Senate, Heads To Lee

Tennessee Could Soon Eliminate Many Of The State’s Certificate Of Need Laws After The Senate Approved A Bill To Progressively Remove Categories From The Law With A 26-2 Vote.

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Tennessee Certificate Of Need Reform Bill Passes House, Senate Committees

A Bill Set To Begin The Process Of Unwinding And Removing Many Of Tennessee’s Certificate Of Need Restrictions For Health Care Services Passed Both The Senate Health And Welfare Committee And House Health Committee This Week.

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After Appalachian Hospitals Merged Into Monopoly, Their ERs Slowed To A Crawl

Ballad Health, A 20-Hospital System In The Tri-Cities Region Of Tennessee And Virginia, Benefits From The Largest State-Sanctioned Hospital Monopoly In The United States. In The Six Years Since Lawmakers In Both States Waived Anti-Monopoly Laws And Ballad Was Formed, ER Visits For Patients Sick Enough To Be Hospitalized Grew More Than Three Times As Long And Now Far Exceed The Criteria Set By State Officials.

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Tennessee Attorney General Urges Look At Ballad Health Amid Community Concerns Over Monopoly Deal

Tennessee’s Attorney General Says The State Needs To Pay Attention To Concerns Of East Tennesseans About Ballad Health, A State-Approved Hospital Monopoly.

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Carter County Measure Calling For More State Scrutiny Of Ballad Health Monopoly Fails To Pass

The Carter County Commission Failed To Pass A Resolution Asking Tennessee Officials To Better Regulate Ballad Health, A State-Sanctioned East Tennessee Hospital Monopoly.

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Carter County Commission Cowers Under Monopoly Pressure

On September 18th, The Carter County Commission Bravely Voted Unanimously To Have The County Attorney Draft A Resolution Expressing Their Concerns With The Management Practices Of The Ballad Healthcare Monopoly And Its Operation Of Sycamore Shoals Hospital Which Is The Only Hospital In Carter County.

On October 24th, 11 Commissioners Stayed Strong Voting “Yes” To See The Resolution Through, While 9 Cowered And Voted “No” And Two Abstained, While Two Were Absent. Falling Short Of The 13 “Yes” Votes Needed.

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East Tennessee Official Says Ballad Health Issued Threat To Care After Community Protest

The Hospital Monopoly Threatened To Cut Funding For An Ambulance After Carter County Residents Complained At A Meeting About It Eliminating The Community’s Only ICU.

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Carter County Moves Forward With Ballad Resolution Despite Threats

Sparks Flew At The Heated October 3rd Carter County Commission Meeting Where The Health And Welfare Committee Discussed A Resolution Regarding The Ballad Healthcare Monopoly.

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