Donation program for rural hospitals opens door for consulting firms
State health officials say 48 rural hospitals are eligible to receive donations from individuals and corporations under a new Georgia program that will give tax credits to donors. The list of eligible hospitals, along with financial forms, were issued by the state Department of Community Health this week. The... Read more
Huge numbers of Georgia children can’t get dental care, researcher says
A Georgia Tech researcher said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Georgia children have problems getting access to a dentist in the state. Nicoleta Serban, an industrial and systems engineering professor, told state lawmakers that there are more than 500,000 Georgia children who are not eligible for the public... Read more
Teachers, state employees to see modest average premium hike
State employees, teachers and other people in Georgia’s employee benefit plan will face an average increase of 2.5 percent in their health insurance premiums starting in January. “We think that’s a very reasonable’’ average increase, considering the expected premium hikes in the general marketplace, said Commissioner Clyde Reese of... Read more
Georgia hospital industry fires back at feds’ quality ratings
A federal health care agency Wednesday released its first overall star ratings for the quality of hospitals, and just two Georgia facilities earned the top five-star designation: Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, and Northside Medical Center in Columbus. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rated 3,617 hospitals on a scale... Read more
Study projects expansion’s big impact on Georgia uninsured
Up to 5 million more Americans would have health insurance coverage if the 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid were to do so in 2017, a new study says. Among those states, Georgia would see the third-largest drop in uninsured people under Medicaid expansion, a figure of 509,000,... Read more

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