Blue Cross softening its approach, says new president
For years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has maintained its dominance as the state’s No. 1 health insurer. Its membership now approaches 3 million members — in a state with slightly more than 10 million people. The company has also built a reputation as a bruising adversary... Read more
Rare metal: Where are the Platinum plans?
Runako Godfrey didn’t mind the expense. He wanted a level of insurance coverage he could count on. Godfrey and his family, who live in Atlanta, were covered in 2015 by a Platinum-level health plan, the category with the highest monthly premiums. Besides that, he paid full price. Most people... Read more
State senator expects legislation on insurance reforms
Problems with insurers’ contracts with physicians — and with their provider networks — are likely to spark legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session, a key state senator said Monday. State Sen. Dean Burke (R-Bainbridge), who chaired a legislative study committee reviewing insurer networks and contracts, told GHN that... Read more
Georgia’s charity health clinics produce cost savings when treating patients with hypertension, a new University of Georgia study has found. Serving patients with high blood pressure in Georgia Charitable Care Network clinics is less expensive than treating them in other settings, including by federally qualified health centers, by Medicaid... Read more
Free clinic visits and heavy use of “health coaches.’’ That’s part of the pitch made by a new insurance plan debuting in metro Atlanta. It says it offers a different model of care, with a strong emphasis on primary care. Minneapolis-based Harken Health is launching in Atlanta and Chicago... Read more

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