The president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is leaving that position to take the CEO job with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Peter Andruszkiewicz, the Kaiser president, will replace James Purcell, who is retiring as president and CEO of Rhode Island’s dominant health insurer, according to... Read more
After a contentious debate, the General Assembly in 2008 approved a plan that eventually would allow a $150 million cancer treatment center in the metro Atlanta area. The controversial bill created a loophole in the state’s certificate-of-need law that regulates the construction of health care facilities. The legislation had... Read more
The Federal Trade Commission and Georgia’s attorney general have challenged the proposed Phoebe Putney Health System acquisition of a rival Albany hospital as anti-competitive. The FTC voted 5-0 to request an injunction of the merger of Phoebe Putney with Palmyra Medical Center, owned by HCA. And the federal agency... Read more
The Georgia Legislature apparently has one more shot to pass a bill setting up a health insurance exchange. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that the federal government will have a deadline sometime in 2012 for states to make sufficient progress on insurance exchanges as... Read more
The job of state disability services ombudsman has been open for eight months now, and consumer advocates fear that the position will not be filled. A Savannah leader of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, John Richards, recently wrote Gov. Nathan Deal a letter urging him to appoint an... Read more

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