aerial shot of California State Capitol building in Sacramento. California State Capitol building in Sacramento. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

A California bill that would strengthen and expand the oversight of the state attorney general over new health care mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions has passed the Assembly and is headed to the Senate.

Assembly Bill 2080, known as the Health Care Consolidation and Contracting Fairness Act of 2022, builds on the attorney general’s existing oversight authority over nonprofit hospital mergers to include all health system transactions in order to review the impact such transactions would have on communities, access to and quality of care, costs, and market competition.

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