WakeMed Health and Hospitals is requesting UNC Hospitals to stop its “predatory behavior” in partnering with profitable private physicians’ practices across the state.
They are also calling into question the amount of charity care UNC reports and the role of UNC-owned Rex Hospital in Wake County.
WakeMed submitted a formal request for financial information and other public records from UNC Hospitals on Monday.
UNC is reviewing the request with a legal team and is unable to provide a time line for a response, medical center spokeswoman Jennifer James said.
“It’s unclear when we’ll have further information to provide,” she said. “That’s really where we are right now.”
Although WakeMed’s request comes on the coattails of UNC’s announcement a month ago about a new partnership with the private cardiology clinic Wake Heart and Vascular Associates, William Atkinson, president and CEO for WakeMed, said that was not the call to action.
The letter is in response to a decade-long tension starting with UNC’s acquisition of Rex Hospital, which is in WakeMed’s market, Atkinson said.
He said WakeMed does about 80 percent of the charity care in Wake County without the state support that UNC receives.
Rex Hospital CFO Bernadette Spong said in an interview a month ago that the hospital totaled $94 million in charity care and bad debt expense for the 2009 fiscal year.