Anthem, the largest health insurer in Virginia, has asked state Attorney General Mark Herring to investigate hospital giant Sentara for “anti-competitive harm” caused by the company, the Virginia Mercury reported.

Herring’s office would not comment on whether any investigation was started or is ongoing, but Anthem’s action is one of the many such complaints about Sentara’s business practices.

The Mercury article said Anthem sought the investigation in May, the same month that Checks & Balances Project (C&BP) asked Herring’s office to investigate apparent overbilling by Sentara of uninsured patients.

Also in May, C&BP asked the offices of Herring and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein to investigate potential anti-competitive behavior by Sentara as it sought an $11.5 billion merger with Cone Health of North Carolina. Sentara scrapped its merger plans in June.

Ray Locker is executive director 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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