By GALEN HOLLEY
The Mississippi House and Senate have approved a local and private bill for the lease and possible sale of Grenada Lake Medical Center.
County Attorney Jay Gore III said Thursday that, with passage of the legislation, the Board of Supervisors had taken another, important step toward leasing GLMC, although details still had to be worked out.
“The legislation is awaiting the governor’s signature,” Gore said, referring to the bill that would lease the hospital to University of Mississippi Medical Center with the eventual option to buy.
A private bill is a proposal for a law that would apply to a particular individual or group of individuals, or corporate entity. It is unlike a public bill, which applies to everyone within its jurisdiction. Private law can afford relief from another law, grant a unique benefit or powers not available under the general law.
According to Gore, one of the stipulations of the bill is that supervisors could sell the hospital for an amount not exceeding the average of two, qualified appraisals.
The board last month voted to allow Gore to seek appraisers. He’ll likely have to find appraisers out of state, Gore said.
UMMC wants to carry its own provider number, according to Gore. Any institution that submits a bill into Medicare or Medicaid has to have a provider number, and obtaining it can take a while.
“We’re still hopeful that UMMC will take over and be managing the facility by May,” said Gore, although he said it might not happen by May 1.
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