Health care workers’ letter to governor urges mandatory masks
Hundreds of Georgia health care workers are urging Gov. Brian Kemp to require people to wear face masks in public. Those workers are signing a letter, to be sent Thursday morning, that also calls on Kemp to shut bars and nightclubs and prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people,... Read more
Nursing home exec: COVID ‘dramatically reshaping our business’
By Max Blau Nursing homes have become a constant battleground during the COVID-19 epidemic — in Georgia, around the nation and in several other countries. Nearly half of Georgia’s 2,784 deaths have come from long-term care facilities, a percentage that’s mirrored in national statistics. In mid-March, as COVID-19 quickly... Read more
Considerable action on health bills puts cap on interrupted session
State Rep. David Knight had a triumphant look Friday when talking about his quest for more oversight and restrictions on the PBM industry. Pharmacy Benefit Managers are basically corporate middlemen between health insurers or large employers and drugmakers in handling pharmaceutical benefits. The Georgia General Assembly approved a group... Read more
Piedmont agrees to pay $16 million to settle billing lawsuit by feds
Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare has agreed to pay $16 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare and Medicaid. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Piedmont billed the government insurance programs for procedures at the more expensive inpatient rates instead of the less... Read more
Pregnant women with COVID more likely to be hospitalized, study finds
Pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19 are more at risk for severe illness than other women who have the virus, a CDC study released Thursday has found. The analysis determined that pregnant women with COVID had higher rates of hospitalization and increased risk for ICU admission and need... Read more

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