AU Health, Wellstar merger will change charity care policy, here’s how

FILE - The AU Health campus on January 4, 2023. The Augusta University Health System and Wellstar Health System announced on Friday, March 31, 2023 that they will now include Wellstar MCG Health.

Most of the changes coming when Wellstar takes over operations at AU Health will be on the back end, but once the deal is finalized, the clock will start with a policy change that could impact several patients.

For the first year, the new Wellstar MCG Health will continue AU Health’s existing charity and charitable care policies. After one year, the new organization will transition to Wellstar policies.

Earlier this month, documents outlining the process through which Wellstar will become the sole corporate member of AU Health were made public for the first time. The 89 documents filed for routine statutory review with the attorney general’s office outline what will change and what will stay the same.

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