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Florida Governor Signs Bill to Increase Oversight of Public Hospital Sales

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that will require the state's Agency for Health Care Administration to review all sales or leases of public hospitals, according to a Daytona Beach News-Journal report.

HB 711 follows the failed merger of public Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., to Adventist Health's Florida Hospital in Orlando. A judge forced the two to unravel the merger after it was complete due to violation of the state's Sunshine Law.

The bill also requires all public hospital boards to formally review the benefits or drawbacks potential sale or lease of their facilities by the year's end.

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Adventist Health, Bert Fish Officially End Merger
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