Josh Stein questions HCA over Mission Health management

Josh Stein and community health advocates
UNITED FRONT: State Attorney General Josh Stein, center, poses with community health advocates and elected officials after announcing his approval of a revised Mission Health-HCA Healthcare sale agreement. Photo by Daniel Walton

Press release from Attorney General Josh Stein:

Attorney General Josh Stein today urged Greg Lowe, President of the North Carolina Division of HCA Healthcare, to answer questions in four areas: (1) complaints about quality of care, (2) access to needed health care services, including Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurses, (3) charity care policy implementation, and (4) billing issues. This action comes on the heels of 30 complaints to our office and multiple public meetings held by the independent monitor. The full text of Attorney General Stein’s letter is available here.

“The delivery of health care is truly a life or death issue,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “That is why my office took so seriously our responsibility to protect western North Carolinians as we negotiated with HCA over its purchase of Mission. I am deeply concerned about what I’ve been hearing about HCA – and I want answers.

“I required that an independent monitor be part of this deal, and I am pleased that its public engagement provided an opportunity for these concerns to come to light. Should HCA fail to comply with the commitments it has made, we will do whatever we can for the people of western North Carolina.”

Stein Letter to HCA 02252020 by Daniel Walton on Scribd

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