Three losing bidders have filed a protest over the state’s selection of vendors for a multibillion-dollar Medicaid and PeachCare contract.
Last month, four companies – Amerigroup, Peach State, WellCare and CareSource — were picked as winners of the contract to serve lower-income adults and children in Georgia.
The contract for the “Care Management Organizations’’ is worth an estimated $4 billion over six years. The launch date for the new contract is July 1.
But unsuccessful bidders Americhoice (a unit of UnitedHealthcare), Humana and AmeriHealth Caritas have appealed that decision by the Department of Administrative Services, which handles contracting in Georgia. full story
For men over the age of 50, prostate cancer is a real danger.
Dr. Vahan Kassabian
Yet it doesn’t receive the attention it deserves, according to a new GHN Commentary.
Atlanta physicians Vahan Kassabian, Bradley Carthon and Peter Rossi write that “except for skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most prevalent malignancy among men.”
They give guidance on what men should know about the disease – the risk factors and early detection.
Here’s a link to their Commentary.
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Acting just before a looming deadline, Grady Memorial Hospital Corp. has launched a surprise bid to acquire financially ailing Southern Regional Medical Center, Clayton County’s sole hospital.
Southern Regional Medical Center
The Grady proposal, valued at more than $20 million, sets up a bidding war between Grady and Prime Healthcare Foundation for the 331-bed Riverdale hospital and related assets.
California-based Prime signed a letter of intent in July to purchase the hospital, and that agreement was followed by the owner of Southern Regional filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Grady submitted its bid for Southern Regional on Friday, the last possible day for additional offers to be made. A bankruptcy court Wednesday moved the date of an auction for Southern Regional to next Wednesday, allowing the Grady bid to move forward.
Grady still needs approval of its corporate board in a vote that will take place Tuesday, in order for its bid to go to auction. full story
The Georgia campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has been approved to launch a physician assistant program.
The two-year master’s degree program will begin next June, with 20 students in the first class. The Georgia campus of PCOM is in Suwanee, a northeastern suburb of Atlanta.
Physician assistants practice medicine with supervision by licensed physicians, delivering a range of medical services in a variety of settings.
The number of PAs in Georgia has increased by 67 percent over the past 10 years, now surpassing 3,000. Still, experts say there’s a shortage of them in the state. full story
State public health officials said Monday that based on their initial analysis, unusual childhood cancer cases in the Waycross area do not constitute a cancer cluster.
Relatives and community members in the southeast corner of Georgia have reported three childhood sarcoma cases in Ware County and one in a neighboring county that were diagnosed within two months of one another this summer.
The cancers revived fears in the community that there is a connection to where they live, and raised fears of a link to industrial contamination in the Waycross area. (Here’s a link to a recent GHN story on the cancers.)
Cherie Drenzek, the state epidemiologist, said in a conference call with community members Monday that the four cases were confirmed as cancers, but that because they were in different counties, they were not geographically clustered together.
“None of the four cancers have known environmental causes,’’ Drenzek said, adding that not all four were the same type of cancer. One of them, Drenzek added, was diagnosed a year ago. full story