WakeMed Hospitals & Clinics, Raleigh, N.C., announced that it had filed a public records request with competitor UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, N.C., seeking correspondence between various units of UNC Health Care and physicians who are on staff at WakeMed facilities.
WakeMed seeks records from university health system
Several recent transactions by UNC Health Care have raised “serious public-policy questions,” such as whether the university health system is “improperly using taxpayer dollars to compete with WakeMed and other healthcare institutions by investing in physician practices and other facilities,” said Bill Atkinson, WakeMed's president and CEO, according to a news release.
Besides the medical staff correspondence, WakeMed also requested records “reflecting the amounts and purposes of all expenditures of public funds” by or on the behalf of two physician organizations within UNC Health Care since Jan. 1, 2009, and financial statements for UNC Health Care, Rex Healthcare (a 431-bed hospital in Raleigh that is owned by UNC Health Care) and the two physician organizations, according to the release.
In a statement, UNC Health Care confirmed that it had received the request and was reviewing it. UNC Health Care is “committed as always to complying with the obligations of the North Carolina Public Records Law,” according to the statement.
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