Oppo research firm VR Research is tied to mega-firms SKDKnickerbocker and GMMB As it works to save its $11.5 billion merger with North Carolina’s Cone Health, Sentara Healthcare appears to have hired a politically connected Washington, DC, crisis management public relations firm. The evidence of such a move comes in the use of an opposition… Read more »
In today’s Local Voices, we talk with Dr. James Tinsley of Lighthouse Direct Primary Care in Newport News, Virginia. Tinsley is certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and is fully licensed with the State of Virginia. He charges his patients $75 a month, doesn’t take insurance but suggest patients be covered with a… Read more »
Sherlock talks about tax-exempt, nonprofit Sentara Healthcare, its lock on the health care market and how he views the company and its practices.
Checks and Balances Project (C&BP) has asked Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to determine whether the apparent overcharging of an uninsured patient is an isolated incident or part of a larger pattern of overbilling by Sentara. A C&BP investigation using Sentara’s “Transparent Pricing Tool” reveals charges for medical services on a patient’s bill exceeded its… Read more »
But the plan is buried, hard to understand and offers less than meets the eye.
A 2019 executive order by President Donald Trump led to the creation of a rule that hospitals had to reveal their prices by Jan. 1, 2021. The Transparent Pricing Rule made the review of Sentara’s price structure possible.
Our first conversation is with a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of experience, who asked not to be identified due to fear of professional retribution by Sentara.
Request Seeks Investigation of Sentara Healthcare’s Business Practices as Company Asks for FTC Permission to Merge with Cone Health of North Carolina The Federal Trade Commission has acknowledged it has received Checks & Balances Project’s request for an investigation into anti-competitive practices by Sentara Healthcare. Attorney Alan Friedman of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition said… Read more »
C&BP has compiled the first-ever look at the size and reach of the Sentara Lobby, including the individuals and organizations who comprise it.
Sentara Healthcare has used the state’s Certificate of Public Need process to block competitors, while a separate lawsuit accuses it of unfair business practices.