Market shake-up: HCA buying hospital in Savannah
HCA has agreed to acquire Memorial Health’s financially struggling hospital in Savannah in a $710 million deal. The agreement, announced Wednesday night, would provide much-needed cash infusion for Memorial University Medical Center, a large safety-net hospital that has been looking for a partner. The deal would also vault HCA,... Read more
State’s air quality improves as EPA funding fight looms
Metro Atlanta and Georgia continue to show improvements in air quality, a new report says. The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report shows Georgia has improved on the three most common forms of hazardous air pollution. “We’re seeing improvements all over the Southeast,’’ June Deen of the... Read more
Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments in Northside records case
Is the nonprofit Northside Hospital Inc. subject to the state’s open records law? The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on the high-profile case, which involves Northside’s rejection of requests for information about financial documents and other matters. Attorney Peter Canfield argued that Northside – a financially successful... Read more
Georgia aims to avoid snags as it launches program for public benefits
Georgia is rolling out an expensive eligibility determination system for Medicaid, food stamps and other public benefits, with officials hoping to avoid the massive problems with a similar set-up in Rhode Island, operated by the same vendor. The new computer system, delivered by Deloitte Consulting, has a price tag... Read more
Georgia slips lower in Leapfrog ratings on hospital safety
Less than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. The 17.6 percent figure put Georgia in 40th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals. The ratings from Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded by... Read more

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