Facing heat from governor, Blue Cross and Piedmont settle dispute
The pressure from Gov. Nathan Deal evidently worked. Deal announced Tuesday afternoon that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare had reached a “handshake” agreement on a new contract. The accord thus met his deadline of close of business Tuesday, after which the state would have been forced, in... Read more
Out of time and out of network: Piedmont, Blue Cross fail to reach deal
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with Piedmont’s estimate of the number of patients affected. Today, Easter Sunday, Piedmont Healthcare doctors and hospitals became out-of-network providers for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members. Round-the-clock negotiations failed to bring an agreement on a new contract between Blue Cross, the... Read more
With clock ticking, governor urges Blue Cross, Piedmont to end contract dispute
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with Piedmont’s estimate of the number of patients affected. Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday that he’s “very concerned’’ that Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia have not reached an agreement on a new contract, with a deadline looming Saturday night at midnight. If... Read more
Commentary: Don’t miss this opportunity to curb surprise billing
Several health care bills still have a chance of passage (or defeat) as the Georgia General Assembly finishes its work for this session, which ends Thursday. One proposal with an uncertain fate is legislation that aims to reduce “surprise’’ medical billing. That occurs when when consumers have procedures or visit ERs... Read more
Georgia Legislature must act now on surprise bills, and here’s how
What good is paying for health insurance if it doesn’t cover you when you need it most? Georgia insurance companies are increasingly narrowing their coverage networks and shifting more costs to patients, even as they enjoy record profits and a financial windfall from recent tax reform legislation. Patients deserve... Read more

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