Clean linens are safe linens, and hospitals don’t take them for granted
While thinking about the rough flu season that Georgia had this year, I wondered about something: How do hospitals keep everything running smoothly when they are overwhelmed with patients who are contagious? What about things that have to be changed regularly — like linens, sheets, pillowcases and towels? How do hospitals... Read more
New law on ‘virtual credit cards’ preserves pay options for providers
The term “virtual credit cards’’ sounds like some futuristic version of the typical plastic. But to many doctors, dentists, hospitals and other medical providers, it’s very much a part of their present day. And not always desirable. The Georgia General Assembly, in fact, took action on the virtual credit... Read more
Children’s ready to open first big building in mega-project
Opening soon: A $127 million building that will have 260,000 square feet, more than 250 patient care rooms, 1,100 parking spaces — and an expected 100,000 patient visits in its first year. The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta outpatient, non-emergency facility, will open July 24. It... Read more
Donation program ‘a tremendous help’ for struggling Elberton hospital
Elbert Memorial Hospital, which has struggled financially, is getting a big boost this year through Georgia’s tax credit program for rural hospitals. A year ago, the state’s tax credit for donations to such hospitals was 90 percent, and nonprofit Elbert Memorial received about $136,000, says hospital authority Chairman Daniel... Read more
Feds: Hospitals were not ‘double paid,’ but are still on the hook
The federal agency that runs Medicare has acknowledged making an error in its statement on hospital reimbursement when it disclosed its plan to recoup $55 million in improper payments to medical providers in Georgia and other states. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicated last week that hospitals were essentially paid... Read more

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