Sentara’s Merger With Cone Health is Off

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24-hours Before Sentara Called Off the Merger, the $6 Billion Conglomerate Pledged $40 Million to Address “Health Disparities” Sentara Healthcare this morning called off its troubled $11.5 billion merger with Cone Health of North Carolina. According to statement on the Sentara website: “[W]e realized that each of our communities and key stakeholders require support and… Read more »

Sentara Hires Virginia Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne as Chief of Staff to Defend Cone Merger

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(UPDATE: Sentara announced their merger with Cone Health was cancelled on June 2. The statement said the decision to not go forward was made by the Sentara and Cone boards late the previous week. Sentara announced Layne’s hiring on May 27. What role if any did Layne have in the decision to not go forward… Read more »

Has Sentara Hired DC Crisis Managers To Rescue Its Troubled Merger?

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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 »

LOCAL VOICES: A Newport News Doctor Talks About Sentara and More

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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 »

Checks & Balances Project Seeks Virginia AG Investigation Of Sentara Charges For Uninsured Patient

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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 »

Federal Trade Commission Responds To C&BP Investigation Request

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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 »