Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System said Thursday that they have reached a merger agreement, and have submitted that plan to the state attorney general for approval.
The deal originally had been projected to have a closing date of early 2016, and the unusually long delay puzzled many health care experts. (Here’s a recent GHN article on the delay.)
The combination, if approved, will create a five-hospital system with a dominant position in areas of north Atlanta and major suburbs.
The Northside-Gwinnett Health combined system could be operational in early 2018, the two systems said Wednesday. The attorney general is likely to approve the merger, experts ...
The director of Georgia Medicaid has left that position, state officials said Tuesday.
Linda Wiant’s departure as Medicaid chief appeared to come suddenly, since she had attended Thursday’s Department of Community Health board meeting.
It was not clear whether Wiant resigned or was dismissed.
A deputy Medicaid director, Marcey Alter, also left her job this week, Community Health deputy commissioner Lisa Marie Shekell confirmed on Tuesday. Shekell declined to comment on the reasons behind either of the departures.
Shekell said no interim or permanent Medicaid chief has been named to replace Wiant, who had appeared to be well-liked by health care industry leaders in the state.
Experts say it’s ...
“Looking for a partner’’ seems like a theme best suited to a high school dance or a dating website.
That phrasing, though, is increasingly used in health care to describe financially strapped hospitals’ efforts to seek a combination with a system that has a better bottom line.
Hospitals in metro Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, Milledgeville and elsewhere have recently explored forging such partnerships to boost their fortunes.
The latest hospital to express that sentiment is in Toccoa, in northeast Georgia. There, the Stephens County Hospital Authority last week approved considering a possible partnership or sale of the 96-bed hospital.
Stephens County Hospital lost $4.5 million ...
Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, have been stymied in Congress, at least for the time being.
So Georgia legislators next year are expected to look at Medicaid “waivers’’ and other mechanisms to increase coverage and access to care under the federal rules now in place.
State Rep. Jason Spencer, in a new GHN Commentary, says Georgia has been right thus far to reject expanding Medicaid under the ACA. He warns that various expansion proposals now being floated are just new versions of a bad idea.
Medicaid expansion, he writes, “threatens our most vulnerable neighbors. Its perverse funding ...