A big sum for Medicaid — and some hard choices
It’s the $110 million question. How should the Georgia Medicaid program spend the $110 million penalty to be paid by Tenet Healthcare as part of a fraud case settlement? The net amount is the biggest Medicaid fraud recovery in Georgia history, according to the state Attorney General’s office. By... Read more
Lawmakers begin looking at alternatives to standard Medicaid expansion
A legislative panel heard testimony Wednesday on ideas for reducing the high number of uninsured people in Georgia through alternatives to a standard Medicaid expansion. The Senate study committee focused on a variation of expansion that Arkansas and other states have launched. Under this “premium assistance,’’ a state would... Read more
Tenet to pay millions over fraud scheme in Georgia
The Tenet Healthcare subsidiaries that previously owned two metro Atlanta hospitals have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud federal health programs and pay kickbacks and bribes for patient referrals, officials said Monday. Atlanta Medical Center and North Fulton Hospital in Roswell were owned by Texas-based Tenet until this April,... Read more
Rural hospitals see ray of hope in tax credit program
The chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to the promise of donations under a new state tax credit program. “The tax credit legislation is a lifeline for us, helping us keep essential services in our rural communities,’’ said Kim Gilman, who runs Phoebe... Read more
Georgia again ranks high in rate of uninsured
Georgia’s uninsured rate of 13.9 percent in 2015 was the nation’s third-highest, trailing only Texas and Alaska, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday. The rate in Georgia fell from 15.8 percent the previous year. The number of Georgians without health insurance, 1,388,000, was the fourth-highest total in... Read more

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