The Independent Monitor is a highly qualified firm that helps monitor HCA’s compliance with the promises it made when it acquired the assets of Mission Health System. Among those promises are:
Gibbins Advisors, a healthcare consulting firm headquartered in Nashville, TN, serves as the Independent Monitor.
Several organizations work with the Independent Monitor to ensure HCA honors its obligations:
The Independent Monitor visits all hospitals to become familiar with their operations and reviews regular reports from HCA. HCA also shares these reports will all of the organizations listed above. In addition, the Independent Monitor offers an avenue for WNC residents to share any concerns or feedback related to compliance issues.
Gibbins Advisors will conduct town hall community meetings in the first quarter of 2020 in each of the hospital regions to provide information on its role and to gather feedback on concerns or issues related to compliance matters under its scope. It plans to also launch an informational website in early 2020 and enable the public to submit feedback via an online web portal at IndependentMonitorMHS.com.
For example, among the Trust’s first investments will be $25 million over five years to help fund programs and services addressing substance use disorders for residents of Western North Carolina in partnership and collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
If the Independent Monitor, the applicable advisory board and HCA cannot come to an agreement about a change in HCA’s obligations, then ANC will attempt to resolve any dispute. If the dispute cannot be resolved, ANC or the Attorney General may choose to pursue the matter through the courts. Dogwood Health Trust will eventually assume ANC’s role in this regard.
There is also a team of staff members that assures the day-to-day operations of the Trust.
ANC currently pays the Independent Monitor’s services. Dogwood Health Trust will eventually assume ANC’s role in this regard.