File under “awkward.” A dispute between the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Norton Hearlthcare over management of the downtown Kosair Children’s Hospital, a disagreement that at one point appeared to be settled went south when Norton officials claimed U of L had reneged on an agreed-upon settlement.
In a 32-page Norton complaint, Norton claims Dr. David Dunn, U of L executive vice president of Health Affairs, proposed settling the dispute if Norton paid a $10.75 million lump sum financial settlement in addition to continuing its support of Kosair Children’s Hospital.
But on Jan. 21, U of L backed out of the deal, according to the amended complaint. It wasn’t long before the Kentucky Attorney General got involved, and that’s never a good sign.
KentuckyOne was created in 2012 and proved a financial problem for all parties involved. As IL wrote: “Doctors operate under Catholic Ethic and Religious Directives that restrict birth control and reproductive services while Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s piece of KentuckyOne is losing hundreds of millions annually for Catholic Health Initiatives.”
The good news was that there seemed a deal on the horizon that could make things better. “Sources in the Jewish Hospital community are alerting us to a possible deal brewing between CHI and Community Health Systems,” IL wrote, noting CHS was headed by former Humana COO Wayne T. Smith.
But at least for now, KentuckyOne still is hanging on.
Late last spring, we submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the University of Louisville audit. What we got instead was labeled a “consulting report” — 15 pages of findings and suggestions by Louisville-based accounting firm Strothman & Co. Um, that’s not an audit.
How do we know? Audits have detailed analysis of company or institutional processes and systems. Strothman executives did note they interviewed more than 100 U of L employees and visited each of the colleges. But none of that information was detailed in the report.
Rather, the report U of L released involved suggestions apropos of nothing. Sort of like getting the answers to a test, but not having any idea what the questions are. Weak.