Piedmont hospitals sue Blue Cross over ER, imaging policies
A major Georgia hospital group has sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company, accusing it of “a national scheme” to save money at the expense of patient safety. Read the full article: ajc.com Read more
Newton County, hospital agree on EMS
Newton County commissioners last week ratified an intergovernmental agreement between the county and Piedmont Newton Hospital and the Hospital Authority for the provision of emergency medical services in the county. Read the full article: Rockdale Citizen Read more
Lawmakers aim to loosen grip of opioids on Georgians
The state is trying to keep from going the way of places like Kentucky and Ohio, those states where opioid addiction rates are the highest. Read the full article: Macon Telegraph Read more
Bill would expand role of nurses in rural areas
A key state lawmaker, Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, wants to end practice limitation for nurses with advanced degrees who work in rural Georgia, where there’s a shortage of medical providers. Read the full article: Valdosta Daily Times Read more
Telemedicine provides option for children’s mental health
The state is proposing to bring children in need and health care professionals together another way: telemedicine. Read the full article: Gainesville Times Read more

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