Erlanger, radiology group reach agreement after contract dispute

Tennessee Interventional Imaging Associates (TIAA) reached an agreement with Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System to remain its radiology service provider, according to the Times Free Press. The parties had previously been in a contract dispute that threatened the hospital’s premier stroke program.

"We've been working over the last several weeks—it's been up and down up and down—but we've come to a mutual agreement we're going to sign off on Monday," said Steve Quarfordt, president of TIAA, in a Feb. 8 story published by the Free Press.

The details of the contract are not publicly available yet, but will be soon, according to the report.

The dispute started January 7, after Erlanger issued a 180-day notice of termination to TIAA that included a contract amendment giving the Tennessee system more control of the group and potentially making room for Erlanger trustee Blaise Baxter, MD, to provide interventional radiology services at Erlanger East Hospital.

Erlanger had also said an audit of TIAA, which the group submitted in October 2018, had not contained the information they needed about the radiology group.

TIAA followed up with a letter to Erlanger leadership citing the radiology group had increased patient revenue by 23 percent over 2017 to 2018, and a third-party audit found no issues with TIAA’s practices.

Read the entire Times Free Press Story below.