Mission Health recently announced the closure of two rehabilitation clinics in Buncombe County, including this one in Candler. A state-mandated independent monitor to ensure that moves like this don't violate the terms of Mission's acquisition by HCA has not yet been named. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press

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by Jennifer Emert, WLOS

The closure of clinics associated with Mission Health has the attention of North Carolina’s Attorney General. Josh Stein’s office oversaw the sale of the nonprofit hospital to for-profit HCA to protect the public’s interest.

Now, the AG’s office is looking over the agreement and the recent closures of clinics to ensure those closures or reduction in services meet the letter of the agreement reached during the sale.

“My office has been in touch with HCA. I’ve met with HCA, and there are going to be meetings where we ask them and have them explain to us what is happening and does it violate what they committed to do,” Stein said.

News 13 also recently received numerous complaints about changes to HCA’s billing practices.

Stein said, if patients think HCA has committed unfair or deceptive trade practices, they can ask his office to investigate.

You can make a complaint on to the Attorney General’s office by clicking HERE or by calling 1-877-566-7226.

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