November 19, 2018

Around the nation: Around the nation: DOJ, Atrium reach proposed settlement over contract language

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    Atrium Health noted the proposed settlement does not include an "admission of wrongdoing ... and Atrium Health is not required to pay any penalties or fines," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, North Carolina, and Texas.

    • California: David Russell, a pediatrician at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was evacuating because of the Camp Fire wildfire last week when he came across a burning ambulance with a woman trapped inside. Russell, along with a paramedic, pulled the woman from the ambulance and brought her to a nearby house where a firefighter was stationed. Everyone involved in the incident survived the fire, KCRA reports (Resnik, KCRA, 11/14).

    • North Carolina: Atrium Health on Thursday settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice that prohibits the health system from using anti-competitive steering restrictions in contracts between its providers and health insurers. Atrium in a release said the anti-steering language is "from contracts created as long ago as 2001 and ... originally added to ensure Atrium Health was provided an equal opportunity to compete for patients." Atrium said its "contracting language has ... evolved to reflect current [health care] practices." Atrium noted the proposed settlement does not include an "admission of wrongdoing ... and Atrium Health is not required to pay any penalties or fines" (Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 11/15).

    • Texas: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has donated $10 million to and partnered with Texas A&M University Health Science Center to launch a project aimed at improving rural health care. The project aims to address access issues, health disparities, and other problems (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/14).

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