This story appeared as part of the 2010 Year In Review issue. The Daily Tar Heel resumes publication Jan. 10.
After reporting high charity care losses for the year, UNC Hospitals has come under fire for the validity of its reports.
WakeMed Health and Hospitals submitted a formal request for financial information and other public records from UNC Hospitals on Nov. 29.
They are requesting UNC Hospitals to stop its “predatory behavior” in partnering with profitable private physicians’ practices across the state.
WakeMed is also calling into question the amount of charity care UNC reports and the role of UNC-owned Rex Hospital in Wake County.
“We don’t know how to talk about what it is they do without knowing what it is,” said William Atkinson, president and CEO for WakeMed, of Rex. “They operate outside of daylight with this.”
The request comes on the coattails of the announcement that UNC Hospitals is affiliating with Wake Heart and Vascular Associates to expand its specialist network and potentially help make up for charity care expenses.
“Chasing hearts is exceedingly profitable,” Atkinson said.
But UNC Hospitals CEO and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine Bill Roper said in a statement that the Wake Heart partnership and others across the state are just part of a national trend toward consolidation.