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Health Care Collaboration Act of 2017 passes House

JACKSON- A House bill that would allow for the University of Mississippi Medical Center to enter into collaborations with other health care providers across the state has been passed in the House. 

HB926 would allow these collaborations to borrow money, incur bonds, and work together to create better healthcare in the state under a set board, commission, and director.

The bill passed 91-22 in favor, after an amendment was made on the floor to clear up some of the bills language. This legislation attempts to promote education, research and health care by an academic medical center for the benefit of the state of Mississippi.

It would require that UMMC establish ties, networks, and service arrangements with health care facilities on joint ventures or other collaborative delivery systems with multiple providers. The goal, to better serve the state.

Officials hope that this move would lower the cost of healthcare and make it more available while also furthering educational and research purposes of the academic medical center, UMMC.

The collaborations could incorporate more than one outside healthcare provider if it promotes the mission of UMMC.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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