Task force aims to reshape Georgia stance on health coverage
A Georgia health care task force is putting the final touches on widely anticipated recommendations for the state to increase access to medical services for the uninsured. Those options will be “markedly different’’ from conventional Medicaid expansion as enacted by numerous states under the Affordable Care Act, said Brian... Read more
Will Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion provide a model for other states?
This article was done in partnership with Kaiser Health News.  Aretha Frison got an unusually helpful mailing recently through the Louisiana food stamp program. The letter indicated that she could qualify for Medicaid coverage beginning next month. Frison, usually a journalist by occupation, has been able to work only part time... Read more
Lawsuits say Blue Cross harms hospitals with tactic of paying patients
This article was done in partnership with Kaiser Health News.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia faces separate lawsuits accusing it of sending reimbursement money for emergency room care directly to patients — and not the hospital that delivered the service — because the latter isn’t part of... Read more
ER to replace full-service Ellijay hospital
North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay has closed and will be replaced by an emergency department under an agreement that its owner recently signed with Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in nearby Jasper. Piedmont will lease the ER as well as a nearby medical official building and facilities that have physician... Read more
Patient alert: Deadlock looms between Piedmont, United
Piedmont Healthcare is sending letters to about 150,000 Georgians, warning them that its network agreement with UnitedHealthcare will end unless a new contract is approved soon. The letter, obtained by GHN, indicates the current three-year contract between the two organizations expires June 30. And Piedmont officials said Wednesday that... Read more

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