Hospitals relieved to see GOP health care bill withdrawn in Congress
The state’s hospital industry is breathing easier after U.S. House leaders pulled their health care proposal before a scheduled vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the GOP proposal to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, was withdrawn because it did not have enough votes... Read more
Recent events hearten advocates of Georgia’s rural hospitals
This week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the better. Voters in Monroe and Jefferson counties Tuesday approved tax increases to help preserve their rural hospitals, which are in financial danger. And a proposed tax credit upgrade for donors to rural hospitals, an idea... Read more
House panel OKs new plan to halt ‘surprise’ bills; doctors voice opposition
The House Insurance Committee on Monday passed revamped legislation to reduce “surprise billing,’’ in which patients using hospitals in their insurance network may still get unexpected bills from doctors who are not in the network. Consumers who have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their networks often get separate bills... Read more
In a notoriously tough job, Grady chief survives and thrives
Five years ago, Grady Health System in Atlanta was racking up a $27 million loss. At the time, the job of Grady CEO appeared to be one of the least secure in the health industry: As of late 2011, there had been five chief executive officers in five years.... Read more
Interim chief named Kaiser Permanente president in Georgia
Jim Simpson has been named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit organization announced Friday. Simpson has been serving as interim president for Kaiser’s Georgia Region. He was previously senior vice president of finance for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. Simpson also has... Read more

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