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
Commentary: ‘Step therapy’ has gone too far, and action is needed
The term “step therapy’’ sounds like an exercise routine for rehabbing patients. It’s actually a description of an insurance practice: requiring patients to try and fail on a series of treatments before they can obtain the medication prescribed by their physician. Legislation in the Georgia House and Senate would... Read more

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