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
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

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