Alex Olgin

Health Reporter

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has temporarily taken control of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and  fired Cardinal’s board of directors.

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Last month, Novant Health announced it's building two new clinics on the north and west side of Charlotte with a $7 million donation from Michael Jordan. Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics promise to deliver high quality care to people who have little access now. But the head of an existing health clinic on the west side is concerned about losing business from insured patients. And that could affect its ability to serve poor patients.  

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Three Cardinal Innovations Healthcare executives have resigned in the wake of the firing CEO Richard Topping. The severance for all four executives is more than $3.8 million.

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Claims of a vindictive board of directors, more loyal to a CEO than the company they watch over.

A CEO who's salary far exceeds his peers.

Throw in expensive staff parties and retreats and you'd have a shareholder scandal in publicly traded company.

But when all of this happens and is paid for with tax dollars, you have something else entirely. The story of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

The board of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has voted to fire controversial CEO Richard Topping. But, come Monday, Topping will still be employed and still be the head of the company.

This unusual termination capped off an unusual night for company charged with administering $682 million tax dollars throughout 20 counties in North Carolina.

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The board of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is meeting Friday. Normally this alone is not news. But the last few months have been anything but normal for the largest behavioral health managed care organization in the state.

A large chunk of federal funding for community health centers in North Carolina is up in the air after Congress let the September deadline come and go without renewing funding. According to the North Carolina Community Health Center Association, last year more than half a million people got care at these centers across the state.  

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Wednesday was the first day that North and South Carolinians could buy 2018 health insurance plans through the marketplace. The open enrollment period lasts through mid-December.  

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Starting today, the North Carolina Medicaid program will pay for medicines to treat hepatitis C for patients no matter how sick they are. In the past, the state wouldn’t pay for the expensive drugs unless the patient had stage two liver damage.  

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The chief financial officer of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare left the same day an audit was released that’s critical of how the behavioral health organization compensates top executives.

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