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Mon Aug 21, 2017, 06:28 AM

Hospital chain to sue state over rejection of Wilsonville plan for psychiatric hospital

The beleaguered Oregon Health Authority, under fire since the release of internal records revealed its plan to smear a health care provider it regulates, got more bad news Wednesday.

Willamette Valley Behavioral Health has notified the state it will be filing a lawsuit in connection with the agency's rejection of a proposed 100-bed psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville.

Jason Conger, a former state legislator now practicing law in Bend and representing Willamette, accused the agency of acting on behalf of competing mental health treatment providers.

"The OHA engaged with and cooperated illegally with incumbent hospitals to prevent the entry of competitors, including us, that would offer additional psychiatric beds," he said.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/08/hospital_chain_to_sue_state_ov.html

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