Interim chief named Kaiser Permanente president in Georgia
Jim Simpson has been named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit organization announced Friday. Simpson has been serving as interim president for Kaiser’s Georgia Region. He was previously senior vice president of finance for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. Simpson also has... Read more
Piedmont to run clinics at 27 Atlanta area Walgreens locations
Piedmont Healthcare will operate 27 retail health clinics in Walgreens stores across the Atlanta area. The transition to Piedmont management is planned for August, and the clinics will be known as Piedmont QuickCare at Walgreens. It’s the latest move by Atlanta-based Piedmont to extend its reach across metro Atlanta... Read more
Letter to the Editor: FAIR Health provides ‘neutral, objective market data’
To the Editor: In commenting on the Feb. 14, 2017, article “Proposal to End ‘Surprise’ Billing Tied Up over Payment Formula,” we at FAIR Health first acknowledge and applaud the Georgia Legislature’s serious efforts to protect consumers from balance billing for emergency and surprise bills. But we also wish... Read more
After tweak in payment formula, Senate committee OKs remedy for ‘surprise’ billing
A Georgia Senate panel Thursday passed legislation to halt ‘’surprise’’ medical billing – but not without a last-minute amendment that changed the contentious payment formula. The Health and Human Services Committee approved Senate Bill 8, which will address those situations in which patients get unexpected bills from providers who... Read more
Proposal to end ‘surprise’ billing tied up over payment formula
A Senate bill that aims to prevent ‘’surprise’’ medical billing remains stalled. The major snag is a lack of agreement on a formula to determine reimbursement rates for doctors, said Sen. Renee Unterman, the bill’s sponsor, at a legislative hearing Tuesday. Unterman, a Republican from Buford, is also a... Read more

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