Gwinnett-Northside deal finally completed, needs state approval
Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System said Thursday that they have reached a merger agreement, and have submitted that plan to the state attorney general for approval. The deal originally had been projected to have a closing date of early 2016, and the unusually long delay puzzled many health care experts.... Read more
Seeking partnerships is a survival strategy for rural hospitals 
“Looking for a partner’’ seems like a theme best suited to a high school dance or a dating website. That phrasing, though, is increasingly used in health care to describe financially strapped hospitals’ efforts to seek a combination with a system that has a better bottom line. Hospitals in... Read more
DeKalb Medical works to satisfy feds’ concerns after discharge of vulnerable patient
DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline later this month for approval of a correction plan after the discharge of a patient with mental illness who then went missing for several days. If the Decatur hospital does not get the necessary OK from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Read more
Once again, Medicare penalizing most hospitals for patient readmission rates
Four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge. The readmission penalties, levied under the Affordable Care Act, are meant to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge.... Read more
‘Long engagement’: What’s delaying Northside-Gwinnett hospital merger?
Nearly two years ago, Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center announced plans for a compelling megamerger that would create a dominant health care system in Atlanta’s suburbs. Their leaders targeted early 2016 as a potential closing date for the deal. But now, 23 months later, the nonprofit hospital systems remain... Read more

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