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
Killing CON? Repeal bill will face fight
A bill just introduced in the General Assembly would scrap the state’s current health care regulatory apparatus, known as certificate of need or CON. Georgia’s CON laws play a crucial role in health care facility construction and services across the state. House Bill 1055 has sent tremors through Georgia’s... Read more
Medicaid and PeachCare contract, worth billions, still in limbo
Last fall, three losing bidders filed a protest over the state’s selection of vendors for a multibillion-dollar Medicaid and PeachCare contract. More than four months later, the state review of those protests still has not been concluded. The new contract originally was set to start this July, but now... Read more

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