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
Hospital privacy or hospital secrecy? Court case tests limits of openness
A Georgia court case on public access to hospital records has sent tremors through legal circles, the state’s hospital industry and the media. A major question is at stake: Does a nonprofit hospital have the right to reject requests for information about its financial documents and other matters? So... Read more
Piedmont, United fail to reach new deal as clock runs out
Eleventh-hour contract talks between Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare ended Thursday evening without an agreement. So starting at midnight, five Piedmont hospitals, along with Piedmont physicians, would be out of network to tens of thousands of United members. That means they will face higher out-of-pocket costs to visit those facilities.... Read more
McDonald’s at Grady closes amid complaints by doctor group
Less than two months after a doctors’ group called for it to close, the McDonald’s restaurant at Grady Memorial Hospital is shutting down as of midnight Friday. Grady announced the fast-food chain’s action, saying in a news release Friday that “no reason for the abrupt closure was provided.’’ The... 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

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