Feds cut funds to 30 Ga. hospitals over infections, injuries
The federal government is cutting payments to 30 Georgia hospitals for high levels of infections and patient injuries. Of those hospitals, 16 were penalized last year for the same problems. The new Medicare crackdown on hospital-acquired infections and preventable injuries is similar to the existing federal penalties on excessive... Read more
Georgia’s low health ranking sinks even lower
Georgia’s ranking on a health system score card has slipped to 46th in the nation. The Commonwealth Fund’s 2015 score card, which ranked the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, was released Wednesday. It noted that Georgia had improved on 11 measures, including having more children and adults with insurance,... Read more
More than 450 hospitals, including several in Georgia, will pay a total of more than $250 million to settle allegations that cardiac devices were implanted in Medicare patients in violation of the program’s coverage requirements, the Department of Justice announced Friday. Georgia hospitals involved in the settlements include Emory... Read more
A patient’s right to choose. Legislative authority on health care. “Cherry picking’’ the privately insured. These themes highlighted the vehement arguments made at a state agency hearing in Atlanta on Tuesday as advocates and critics clashed over a proposal to eliminate state requirements for a Newnan cancer hospital. The Department of Community... Read more
Kaiser Permanente is again Georgia’s top-rated health plan in commercial insurance, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. It’s the 11th straight year that Kaiser, a nonprofit, got NCQA’s No. 1 rating among commercial health plans in the state. The NCQA rankings use a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 being... Read more

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