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
State document hints at downside to insurance mergers in Georgia
Two pending mega-mergers, if approved, would tighten an already compressed health insurance market in Georgia, a state insurance department document suggests. The combination of Aetna and Humana would have the greater impact of the two deals, according to a letter that a state insurance official wrote to a law firm. The other... Read more
The hospital combination game: Two examples in Georgia
The two deals are very different in size and other details, but the Georgia hospital combinations announced last week reflect the fast pace of such partnerships between sometimes distant health systems. WellStar Health System announced Friday that it had just added five Tenet Healthcare hospitals in the Atlanta region,... Read more
Bill aims to erase errors in insurers’ medical directories
Open enrollment can bring a big decision for consumers: Which health coverage plan do I choose? And much of that decision is based on whether the consumer’s favorite doctor or hospital is part of a plan’s network. But if the available listings of health plan providers are not accurate,... Read more
WellStar closing in on major hospital deals
WellStar Health System announced Wednesday that it has received regulatory approval from the state attorney general to add West Georgia Health to its system. The two organizations plan to sign a definitive agreement next month, with West Georgia expected to join WellStar, based in Marietta, on April 1. West... Read more

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