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
ER to replace full-service Ellijay hospital
North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay has closed and will be replaced by an emergency department under an agreement that its owner recently signed with Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in nearby Jasper. Piedmont will lease the ER as well as a nearby medical official building and facilities that have physician... Read more
Patient alert: Deadlock looms between Piedmont, United
Piedmont Healthcare is sending letters to about 150,000 Georgians, warning them that its network agreement with UnitedHealthcare will end unless a new contract is approved soon. The letter, obtained by GHN, indicates the current three-year contract between the two organizations expires June 30. And Piedmont officials said Wednesday that... Read more
Hospital alliance, doctors’ network may join forces
Stratus Healthcare, an alliance of hospital systems, said Wednesday that it’s entering partnership talks with a large physician organization in Central Georgia. The talks between Stratus and Central Georgia Health Network could lead to forming a “clinically integrated network’’ to treat patients in South and Middle Georgia. Such integrated... Read more

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