Checks and Balances Project

An investigation by Checks & Balances Project exposed for regulators the company’s conflicts of interests, strong-arm tactics and potential overcharges of uninsured patients.

Sentara Healthcare’s announcement Wednesday that it was no longer trying to merge with Cone Health of North Carolina follows a series of reports by Checks and Balances Project (C&BP) over the last seven months. Those stories detailed Sentara’s attempts to enlarge its monopoly in the Hampton Roads area.

Since November, C&BP has highlighted the following of Sentara’s unsavory practices:

These actions, combined with scrutiny from North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, were followed by Sentara’s surprise decision to call off the Cone Health merger.

Sentara’s decision also came after they had hired an expensive Washington-based PR and political consulting firm to investigate Checks and Balances Project and help navigate through the roiling waters of community protest and scrutiny.


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Ray Locker is enterprise and investigative editor of Checks and Balances Project, an investigative watchdog blog holding government officials, lobbyists, and corporate management accountable to the public. Funding for C&BP is provided by Renew American Prosperity and individual donors.


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