Rate of uninsured creeping back up, surveys show
Two recent surveys point to an expected but troubling trend: The U.S. rate of uninsured people is rising. And the increase may continue into next year. The Commonwealth Fund on Tuesday released a survey of working-age Americans that found that 15.5 percent were estimated to lack health insurance coverage as of February... Read more
Med school in South Georgia aims to address primary care needs
The first four-year medical school established in South Georgia aims to address the primary care physician shortages in underserved areas of the state. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine last week broke ground in Moultrie for its medical school there. PCOM already has a campus in suburban Atlanta, and... Read more
Hospital group drops fight against Lee County project
Just days after two lawsuits were filed to block a new hospital in Lee County, that legal opposition is already partially unraveling. The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals — which confirmed Monday that it was suing a state agency for allowing a certificate of need for a hospital in the southwest... Read more
As lawmakers tackle CON process, one case may be fought in court
If, as expected, Georgia House leaders sit down this summer to study the state’s health care regulatory process, they may want to look at what’s happening – or not happening — in southwest Georgia. Lee County has sought to build a new $120 million hospital to compete with what... Read more
Home medical equipment firms say Blue Cross squeezing them
Piedmont Healthcare isn’t the only entity battling Georgia’s biggest health insurer over reimbursement rates. Companies that supply medical equipment to home care patients say they have seen double-digit percentage rate reductions from the insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. MRS Homecare, based in Albany, says it faces... Read more

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