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North Carolina unveils plan to incentivize hospital to forgive medical debt and beef up charity care

by Michelle Crouch and Charlotte Ledger, North Carolina Health News July 1, 2024 By Michelle Crouch In an initiative that appears to be the first of its kind nationwide, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials unveiled a plan today to boost federal payouts to hospitals that take specific steps to ease the burden […]

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The rise of mega-hospitals

The rise of mega-hospitals by Michelle Crouch and Charlotte Ledger, North Carolina Health News April 22, 2024   By Michelle Crouch When it comes to growth, it seems like hospitals can’t get enough of it. Across the country, a tidal wave of hospital mergers and acquisitions in recent years has created multi-billion-dollar hospital giants that

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2024 North Carolina Culture of Wellness Award Winners Announced by NCBCH

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- April 3, 2024–  Winners of the 3rd annual employer Culture of Wellbeing Award were announced by the North Carolina Business Coalition on Health (NCBCH) at the NCBCH Spring Forum in Greensboro.  The award recognizes the best employer wellbeing programs across the state; companies committed to improving the health and well-being of their employees. Employer

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Conditions at Asheville’s Mission Hospital pose ‘immediate jeopardy to patients’ health and safety,’ state investigators report

Conditions at Asheville’s Mission Hospital pose ‘immediate jeopardy to patients’ health and safety,’ state investigators report by Asheville Watchdog, North Carolina Health News January 23, 2024 By Andrew R. Jones Asheville Watchdog Mission Hospital risks losing Medicare and Medicaid funding because of deficiencies in care that were so severe, state inspectors concluded last month, that

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Charlotte hospitals say ‘no thanks’ to charity’s efforts to erase medical debt

Charlotte hospitals say ‘no thanks’ to charity’s efforts to erase medical debt by Charlotte Ledger, North Carolina Health News December 11, 2023 By Michelle Crouch North Carolina Health News Earlier this year, Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem received national attention for doing something extraordinary: It erased nearly $3.3 million in medical debt for 3,355 local

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Atrium Halts Lawsuits Against Patients for Unpaid Medical Bills

Atrium Health halts lawsuits against patients for unpaid medical bills by Charlotte Ledger, North Carolina Health News October 16, 2023 By Michelle Crouch Co-published with The Charlotte Ledger Atrium Health, the state’s top collector of medical debt in recent years, has quietly stopped suing patients for unpaid medical bills. The change was praised by critics

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National Alliance Hospital Fair Price Initiative

National Alliance Hospital Fair Price InitiativeSetting the Record Straight: The Urgency of Achieving Hospital Fair Price September 28, 2023, Charlotte, NC Momentum from the work of employers and other healthcare purchasers, coalitions, and policy makers at both the state and federal levels to make healthcare more transparent and affordable is growing. Efforts to achieve fair

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North Carolina Hospitals Have Sued Thousands of Their Patients, a New Report Finds

North Carolina Hospitals Have Sued Thousands of Their Patients, a New Report Finds Noam N. Levey August 16, 2023 North Carolina hospitals — led by the state’s largest public medical system — have sued thousands of their patients since 2017, according to a new analysis that sheds additional light on the aggressive tactics U.S. hospitals

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Martin General Hospital in Eastern NC Closes, Files for Bankruptcy

As published in Daily Reflector: Martin County loses hospital with closure of Martin General John Foley, Staff Writer, Daily Reflector August 3, 2023 WILLIAMSTON, NC — Tennessee-based Quorum Health announced Thursday that Martin General Hospital is no longer accepting patients and the hospital has filed for bankruptcy. The facility that has served Martin County families

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