Commentary: A bad deal for many diabetics
More than 1 million Georgians who have diabetes are at risk of developing chronic, debilitating nerve pain with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. DPN can cause irreversible damage, including complete loss of lower extremity sensation that can result in amputation. In a new GHN Commentary, Dr. Jonathan Ownby, an endocrinologist, writes... Read more
Georgia needs to put its foot down on ‘step therapy’ for diabetics
More than 1 million people in Georgia live with diabetes and are at risk for developing chronic, debilitating and potentially permanent nerve pain, known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Currently, the American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 60 percent of Americans with diabetes also suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathy.... Read more
As feds file suit over insurance deals, Georgia postpones hearing
The state’s Department of Insurance on Thursday postponed next week’s hearing on the Aetna-Humana merger after federal antitrust officials filed suit to block the proposed deal over anti-competitive concerns. The feds also filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. Anthem has a significant stake here,... Read more
Piedmont-United dispute shows no sign of resolution
Three weeks after their old contract expired, Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare remain far apart in trying to reach a new one. Since July 1, five Piedmont hospitals, as well as health system doctors, have been “out of network” to tens of thousands of United members. Those patients now face... Read more
Medicaid expansion: Much debated but still not studied in Georgia
With a troubled state budget, Louisiana is banking on an extra $184 million in savings. That’s the amount that Louisiana officials have projected the state would save by expanding its Medicaid program to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. The $184 million would offset some of Louisiana’s huge... Read more

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