Piedmont Athens gets state OK for renovation
Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has received state approval for a $171 million hospital renovation and construction project. The project won’t add any beds to the hospital’s current capacity of 359, but it will include a new patient tower, which will replace what’s known as the 1919 Tower. As the... Read more
Medicare readmission penalties hit dozens of Georgia hospitals again
Hospitals can receive Medicare penalties if too many of their patients are readmitted within a month of their discharge. And recently released federal data show that 85 percent of such facilities in Georgia are set to be penalized. The readmission penalties, created by the Affordable Care Act, have brought increased... Read more
Will feds beat Georgia to an answer on surprise medical billing ?
The legislative effort to end surprise medical bills has repeatedly led to stalemates – and frustration – at the Georgia General Assembly. Surprise billing occurs when consumers have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their insurance network, then get separate bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars from non-network doctors... Read more
CON laws: They spark constant fights, but will they be changed?
Four years ago, a sports medicine group began a quest to build a surgery and training center in Alpharetta, in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The proposed multimillion-dollar center was to be known as the Legacy Sports institute. It was associated with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Alabama, whose... Read more
Some Carolina patients evacuated to Georgia health facilities
Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Georgia are receiving patients evacuating from the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches the Southeastern coast, state officials said Tuesday. Georgia appears likely to escape the brunt of the Category 4 storm as it spins toward landfall. But state health care officials are... Read more

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