Patient alert: Deadlock looms between Piedmont, United
Piedmont Healthcare is sending letters to about 150,000 Georgians, warning them that its network agreement with UnitedHealthcare will end unless a new contract is approved soon. The letter, obtained by GHN, indicates the current three-year contract between the two organizations expires June 30. And Piedmont officials said Wednesday that... Read more
Some rates in Georgia insurance exchange could soar in 2017
Many Georgians may see their monthly premiums rise by double-digit percentages on the state health insurance exchange in 2017, an analysis of health insurers’ proposed rate requests shows. If approved by regulators, these rates will vary significantly depending on the plan, the region of the state and the insurer.... Read more
State seeks savings in employee health plan
Projecting big deficits in coming years, the Georgia agency that runs the state employee and teacher health plan is hunting for savings through an array of strategies. Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, told GHN last week in an interview that the agency is conducting an... Read more
Collapse of Novant deal leaves Memorial Health in a quandary
The CEO of Memorial Health said Tuesday that the Savannah safety-net hospital system “has to do some regrouping’’ in the wake of Novant Health’s decision to back off a partnership. North Carolina-based Novant terminated negotiations Monday after months of talks, citing a conflict with the Chatham County Hospital Authority. In... Read more
Nationally, health care prices all over the map
A new study shows a wide variation in health care prices between states – and often between cities in the same state. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs, found that Georgia health care prices for the privately insured are below the national average. Some states, meanwhile,... Read more

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