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News and information about health, health care, health care policy from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

An artist's rendering of a new Atrium Health facility.
Atrium Health

Atrium Health says it plans to spend about $1 billion to expand its health care facilities in the Charlotte region and beyond. But it’s not quite clear exactly what will be built, where the money will come from for these new projects, and what Atrium defines as beyond.

Mecklenburg County

There have been five confirmed cases and one suspected case of hepatitis A in Mecklenburg County since April, according to a health advisory released by the county’s public health department.

The group of nearly 90 doctors leaving Atrium Health is rebranding itself as the Tryon Medical Partners. Formerly part of the Mecklenburg Medical Group, Tryon Medical Partners split with Atrium after it sued the hospital network in a challenge to Atrium's non-compete agreements so its doctors could practice independently. 

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

The ousted Cardinal Innovations Healthcare CEO filed another lawsuit accusing a lawyer who investigated him of libel and slander. 

Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn't make sense.

His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He had iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He had pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, through more than a dozen physical therapy sessions.

The last thing he needed was a botched bill.

His December 2015 surgery to replace the ball in his left hip joint at NYU Langone Health in New York City had been routine. One night in the hospital and no complications.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

 

The ousted Cardinal Innovations Healthcare CEO is now suing the behavioral health care organization, saying its public statements ruined his reputation. 

Atrium Health

The anesthesiology provider that lost its contract to Atrium Health is trying to stop the new hospital network’s contractor from hiring its physicians. This is just the latest action in a public battle between the health system and the doctors group.  

Atrium Health

Atrium Health says an ad campaign by its former anesthesiology contractor is causing it to lose patients. The health system added this new allegation to its lawsuit against Mednax, which still employs doctors that work at Atrium through the end of June.  

More than 600 people have died from flu-related illnesses in the Carolinas, according to state health department reports. The flu season officially runs through the end of May. 

Atrium Health

Atrium Health is releasing some doctors from their non-compete restrictions so they can form a standalone practice following a lawsuit over the agreements.

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