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
Emory adds a new branch to its sports medicine network
Emory Healthcare has continued to expand its orthopedic and sports medicine services by opening a new clinic on its campus in Smyrna, a northwestern suburb of Atlanta. The outpatient center follows Emory’s recent sports partnerships with the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves and helps spread the organization’s orthopedic... Read more
New Senate bill would allow cheaper, stripped-down health plans
The revised U.S. Senate health care legislation, released Thursday, shows some significant changes from the earlier version that ran into political roadblocks. The new draft bill would let insurers sell stripped-down, cheaper health plans that don’t comply with current benefit requirements, such as coverage of maternity and mental health care.... Read more

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