The attestation albatross: Some doctors lose Medicaid funds due to ‘bizarre’ pay problem
Dr. Patrick Pulliam, a Stockbridge pediatrician, moved to a new, bigger medical office last year. The new site is in the same town as the old one, and in fact the two locations are only a half-mile apart. But the switch is costing Pulliam money. He’s getting paid substantially... Read more
Rural health care bill clears House panel
A House committee Tuesday approved high-profile legislation to boost rural health care in Georgia. House Bill 769 would take several steps, including easing the creation of ‘’micro-hospitals,’’ with 24/7 care and a small number of beds, to replace full-scale hospitals that close.   It also would allow grants to... Read more
Georgia health centers frustrated, anxious over funding impasse
Problems with retaining good employees. Difficulty in making new hires. Putting expansion plans on hold. Those issues would spell trouble for any organization. For the state’s community health centers, that predicament stems from what’s happening – or rather, what’s not happening – in the U.S. Congress.   Funding for... Read more
Expanding coverage not part of GOP leaders’ legislative agenda
From a legislative standpoint, the chances of a broad increase of health insurance coverage look pretty dim this year in Georgia. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday told reporters that he is opposed to expanding Medicaid in Georgia. “Big government won’t improve our health care system,’’ Cagle said at... Read more
Mobile ER arrives at Grady to handle overflow
The tractor trailer-sized structure sits outside Grady Memorial Hospital’s ER, looking like some huge tent assembled outside a major entertainment or sports event. But the unit will open Tuesday morning as a mobile emergency department, with 14 beds, leased by Grady to handle its soaring ER numbers. The fully... Read more

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