Cancer hospital skirts Legislature in bid for more Georgia… | www.myajc.com

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Cancer hospital skirts Legislature in bid for more Georgia… | www.myajc.com

Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s big lobbying effort couldn’t convince the Legislature this year to let it see more Georgia patients.

But on Thursday, a state board approved a plan that could help the politically-connected facility in Newnan shed its in-state patient cap. In doing so, it reignited a decade-long war between Georgia’s hospitals and the national cancer treatment chain, which has a huge stable of well-connected lobbyists and a track record of generous giving to elected officials.

The decision gives the company the chance to get around elected officials, who stalled its bid during the 2015 session. The company said that it is unfair to Georgia patients to have to turn them away.

Other hospitals counter that if the company wants to see more Georgia patients, it should go through the same process they face if they want to expand. They also contend the company cherry-picks patients with the highest-paying insurance coverage while leaving them to shoulder the burden of care of Medicaid and other indigent cancer patients.

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