Piedmont, United settle dispute, OK new contract
Almost two months after their contract expired, Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare reached agreement early Saturday morning on a new deal. Under the new three-year contract, tens of thousands of Georgians who are United members will regain access to Piedmont’s array of hospitals and physicians without facing out-of-network charges. The agreement... Read more
Donation program for rural hospitals opens door for consulting firms
State health officials say 48 rural hospitals are eligible to receive donations from individuals and corporations under a new Georgia program that will give tax credits to donors. The list of eligible hospitals, along with financial forms, were issued by the state Department of Community Health this week. The... Read more
Piedmont renews insurance deal . . . with Blue Cross
Normally, a local hospital system signing a contract extension with an insurer isn’t a notable event. But when the deal involves Piedmont Healthcare, currently embroiled in a high-profile contract dispute with another health insurer, such a move gets noticed. Piedmont on Tuesday announced the contract agreement with Blue Cross... Read more
Medicaid expansion would be windfall for state, report says
For each dollar that Georgia would have to spend on Medicaid expansion, it would gain $8.68 to $9.42 in federal spending, a new study said Monday. The report from the Urban Institute analyzes the potential costs and benefits for the 19 states (including Georgia) that have not expanded Medicaid... Read more
Piedmont-United deadlock: Are things bumpy or downright bleak?
The contract impasse between Piedmont and UnitedHealthcare has now entered its second month, and the two sides have very different versions of where things stand. United’s CEO for Georgia, Garland Scott, told GHN on Tuesday in an interview that the two organizations’ differences have narrowed a bit, but that... Read more

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