The chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to the promise of donations under a new state tax credit program.
“The tax credit legislation is a lifeline for us, helping us keep essential services in our rural communities,’’ said Kim Gilman, who runs Phoebe Worth Hospital in Sylvester and Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert.
Gilman joined several other rural hospital CEOs at the state Capitol on Tuesday for the kickoff of a task force, called Rural Healthcare 180, that aims to promote the donation program, created during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly.
For the 12th straight year, Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s top-rated commercial health plan, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The NCQA ratings gave Kaiser 4.5 out of a possible 5.0 for its commercial health plan, and 5 of 5 for its Medicare plan.
NCQA is an accrediting organization that rates health plans based on consumer satisfaction, prevention and treatment. The ratings emphasize the outcomes for medical care and what patients say about these services, NCQA said.
Kaiser’s 4.5 score for its HMO was followed by 3.5 for these plans: Aetna HMO/Point of Service (POS), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia ...
On Oct. 1, the honeymoon ends for Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC), and the realities of their marriage will set in.
Next week Athens Regional, with 350 beds, will become the second-largest facility in Piedmont’s system and the only one with a residency program. ARMC will be Piedmont’s seventh hospital.
“I think it is a huge opportunity for us, and I am very optimistic about it,” says Dr. Charles Peck, CEO of Athens Regional.
The alliance with Piedmont seems certain to benefit ARMC’s insured patients who need sophisticated cardiac or cancer care, as well as residents of Oconee County, the ...
A journalist sets out to take an objective, measured view of the subject matter being covered.
But this time, the topic is personal.
I have twice been diagnosed with Clostridium difficile, known as C. diff, a germ that can cause infectious diarrhea. It strikes a half-million Americans every year.
Most people get the disease through taking antibiotics. That’s how I got it, and it was a miserable experience.
The C. Difficile Foundation held a conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, drawing about 170 health care professionals interested in learning more about the disease.
I showed up, too. With my own perspective as both a former patient and ...