Hospitals in Georgia, U.S. charging insurers more than twice Medicare rates, study finds
Hospitals in the United States are charging private insurers 2.5 times what they get paid under the government Medicare program for the same services, according to a study released Friday. In Georgia, hospitals charge private insurers even higher rates, at nearly three times Medicare reimbursements, the RAND Corp. study found. But... Read more
Commentary: Ease burden on Medicaid, medical workers
Georgia’s Medicaid enrollment has increased by tens of thousands of people during the pandemic. That’s going to push the state Medicaid program to its financial limits, says Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, in a new GHN Commentary. Graham urges Congress to provide more federal funding for Medicaid,... Read more
Politically connected firm earning millions in state contract
A health care staffing company with strong political connections has been paid more than $40 million by the state of Georgia to supply medical workers to fight COVID-19. Jackson Healthcare, a private company based in Alpharetta, was asked by state officials for help in March. That’s when Phoebe Putney... Read more
Hospitals’ COVID-19 teamwork a highlight of upcoming conference
From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of local health care systems have been holding conference calls daily to share information about the challenges they face. Operations officers of heavyweight hospital systems Piedmont, Emory, Wellstar, Grady, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Northeast Georgia have used these sessions to... Read more
3 counties here rank high in national COVID rates
Three Georgia counties appear among the top 20 hot spots for new COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, as compiled Wednesday by the New York Times. Cases at Fort Benning are evidently still driving high virus numbers in Chattahoochee County, which is No. 3 in per capita rates... Read more

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