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Board Votes To Terminate Contract With Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authority
The Board of County Commissioners voted July 12th to authorize the County Manager to notify the Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (Carolinas Healthcare System) that the County is terminating it's agreement effective June 30, 2013.

The manager asked for authority to terminate after determining the Authority to be in breach of contract on numerous occasions. The Manager says the Hospital Authority has repeatedly failed to provide data to the County which is outlined in the agreement and required by the State of North Carolina.

The Manager says the Board expects him to oversee contract compliance for the hundreds of contracts the County has entered into. Manager Jones says the Hospital Authority has refused to provide information despite repeated requests. Jones says he cannot continue to allow the Hospital Authority to ignore terms of the agreement while the County expects other contractors to follow contract terms.

The county's agreement with the Authority involves three separate services. 1. The Authority provides health/clinical services under the County Health Director, serving as the Health Department. 2. Indigent care subsidy.  3. Psychiatric care is paid for by the County and services are provided by the Authority. The current agreement runs through June 30, 2013.

The Manager notified the Authority on July 13 that the County will not extend the contract beyond that date. The Board instructed the Manager to offer to enter into mediation with the Authority and to offer to pay for half the cost of the mediation. The Manager advises the Board that he may ask for an earlier end date if the Authority continues to breech the current agreement.

The Manager says he has had positive discussions with Presbyterian/Novant about taking over some of the services now being performed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authority.

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