Virginia Governor And UVA Vow To Revamp Practice Of Suing Patients As CEO Exits
By Editor - Tue Sep 10, 7:48 pm
Gov. Ralph Northam and the president of the University of Virginia committed to changing UVA Health System’s collections practices a day after Kaiser Health News detailed its aggressive and widespread pursuit of former patients for unpaid medical bills. Special Reports Investigation ‘UVA Has Ruined Us’: Health System Sues Thousands Of Patients, Seizing Paychecks And Claiming Homes By Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas 6:30 AM EDT Over six years, the state institution filed 36,000 lawsuits against patients seeking a total of more than $106 million in unpaid bills, a KHN analysis finds. At the same time, the health system announced the departure of CEO Pamela Sutton-Wallace, who will leave in November to join New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a senior vice president. Her exit “is in no way related” to the billing and collections problems, James Ryan, UVA’s president, said in a message to employees Tuesday. UVA sued former patients for unpaid bills more than 36,000 times over six years, seeking repayment of over $106 million and often pushing families into onerous payment plans or bankruptcy, according to KHN’s investigation , published with The Washington Post . Both Ryan and Northam expressed ignorance about UVA practices that were an open secret in Charlottesville, with hundreds of medical lawsuits often filed in a week. Northam “was only just made aware of these practices,” said spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky, adding that he “is not involved” in day-to-day university operations.
Read the original: