Legislation to help cancer hospital draws vocal opposition 
Senate Bill 31 started out as a relatively simple proposal related to a Georgia health agency board. That bill passed the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly last month. But late Wednesday afternoon, a substitute version of that Senate legislation called for something entirely different: an easing of state restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of... Read more
Forsyth keeps spot as Georgia’s healthiest county
Forsyth County is ranked as Georgia’s healthiest county for the sixth straight year. The 2018 County Health Rankings, released Wednesday, again showed affluent suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest. After Forsyth, which is northeast of Atlanta, the next four are Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. They are followed by Columbia,... Read more
Independent vs. employed: The doctor career decision
Dr. Eddie Richardson practices medicine in two different physician worlds. On the one hand, he’s an independent doctor working in a family medicine practice in Eatonton, east of Atlanta. Meanwhile, Richardson also is employed part time by a local hospital as a “hospitalist,’’ working 20 shifts a month. So,... Read more
Senate panel OKs ‘surprise’ medical billing legislation
The effort to reduce “surprise’’ medical bills in Georgia took another key step Thursday with legislation passing a Senate health committee. Senate Bill 359 is similar to but broader than a proposal that has already passed the House. The Senate version has provisions on payment for non-network medical services... Read more
Cigna picks Holgerson to run Georgia health plans
Cigna has named Bryan Holgerson its new market president for its health benefits plans in Georgia and Alabama. Holgerson, based in Atlanta, has been serving as a senior leader for Cigna’s national accounts business. “Bryan is a highly respected, proven leader who will continue to move Cigna forward as... Read more

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