Georgia lawmakers to tackle ‘surprise’ medical billing to patients
When his 5-year-old son suffered a burn injury, Michael Caraway took him to a local hospital emergency room. The hospital was in Caraway’s insurance network. His son got successful treatment and went home. Caraway, of Grovetown, says that weeks later, he got the ER bill that he expected .... Read more
Succeeding while overcoming obstacles
Born in Macon, one of four girls raised by a single mother, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice has met every challenge with dedication, service and success. Montgomery Rice is now president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta — the first woman to hold that prestigious position. In... Read more
Bridging the data divide: Project aims to revolutionize reporting of diseases
At first, Richard Paskach was a bit skeptical. Earlier this year, the health care executive with Minneapolis-based HealthPartners heard an explanation of an ambitious new project. But he believed that it could have trouble achieving its central goal: connecting medical providers with a varied landscape of public health entities.... Read more
State’s highest court will hear Northside open records case
The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to hear a high-profile open records case involving Northside Hospital in Atlanta. The case involves the nonprofit hospital’s rejection of requests for information about its financial documents and other matters. Central to the case is the legal definition of “public” versus “private.” The... Read more
Georgia slightly above average in health care spending
Health care spending for the privately insured increased 4.6 percent nationally in 2015, higher than the hikes in the prior two years, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute said the biggest factor in the higher spending was an increase in prices... Read more

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