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
ACA enrollment tops 587,000 in Ga., but insurers nervous over signup rules
More than 580,000 Georgians signed up for coverage in the insurance exchange during the third open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, federal health officials said Thursday. The total of 587,845 during the signup period, which ended Jan. 31, was a 9 percent increase over last year’s Georgia total... Read more
Lung Association flunks state on tobacco control
Georgia received three F’s and one C in the latest American Lung Association assessment of states’ tobacco control efforts, released this week. The 2016 Georgia grades, the same as last year, reflect inadequate funding for anti-smoking initiatives, the report says. Most other states also received an “F” on three... Read more
2 hospital organizations see credit ratings fall
Two Georgia hospital organizations recently received a credit downgrade from Standard & Poor’s. But the financial outlooks for the two are very different going forward, the ratings agency said. While WellStar Health System, in the midst of an acquisition drive, still shows considerable financial strength, the situation at Oconee... Read more

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