Community Health board rejects loosening rules on surgery centers
A proposal to loosen Georgia rules on multispecialty surgery centers went nowhere in this year’s General Assembly session. The quest for such a change shifted on Thursday to a new venue – the state’s main health care agency. But the board of the state Department of Community Health, on... Read more
Big partnership talks: Piedmont may link up with Columbus Regional
Piedmont Healthcare, fresh off adding an Athens hospital, is turning south in seeking a partner in Georgia’s second-largest city. The Atlanta-based hospital system said Tuesday that it has entered exclusive partnership talks with Columbus Regional Health. That system operates three major facilities in Columbus — Midtown Medical Center, Northside Medical... Read more
Fraudsters, beware! Health IT firm launched in Georgia is after you
Health care fraud is estimated to cost the nation at least $68 billion annually — with some estimates at $230 billion or more. Musheer Ahmed wants to lower those fraud figures significantly. Ahmed has started a health information technology company to detect fraud in medical billing practices. He started... Read more
People who got coverage through ACA wonder about the future
Debra Wood went to the emergency room four years ago because her abdomen was swollen and acutely painful. That led to a 12-day stay in the hospital. While she was there, she also learned that she had diabetes. Wood had no health insurance at the time, and after being... Read more
Anthem talk of pullout puts a cloud over ACA exchanges
Is Georgia’s health insurance exchange heading for another big insurer pullout? A research report last week indicated that the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia may be moving toward withdrawing from a large percentage of exchange markets nationally. In Georgia, Blue Cross is currently the... Read more

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