DeKalb Medical works to satisfy feds’ concerns after discharge of vulnerable patient
DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline later this month for approval of a correction plan after the discharge of a patient with mental illness who then went missing for several days. If the Decatur hospital does not get the necessary OK from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Read more
Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties where there’s no other exchange option
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018. The agreement was reached in negotiations with state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, after the insurer told the agency in... Read more
Once again, Medicare penalizing most hospitals for patient readmission rates
Four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge. The readmission penalties, levied under the Affordable Care Act, are meant to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge.... Read more
Many migrant farmworkers face medical challenges, barriers to care
The fields in Colquitt County in South Georgia are green this time of year and laden with cucumbers, eggplant and melons — vegetables that represent summertime and healthy eating. Many of the people who pick them, though, have health challenges. The farmworkers who move through the region, harvesting and... Read more
‘Long engagement’: What’s delaying Northside-Gwinnett hospital merger?
Nearly two years ago, Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center announced plans for a compelling megamerger that would create a dominant health care system in Atlanta’s suburbs. Their leaders targeted early 2016 as a potential closing date for the deal. But now, 23 months later, the nonprofit hospital systems remain... Read more

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