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Clash over CON bill turns testy under Gold Dome
House Bill 198 will damage the state’s health care system. House Bill 198 will...
House panel backs curbs on ‘step therapy’ rules for medications
When Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 4, he was put...
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This could be the General Assembly session that rocks Georgia health care. Between the...
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Clash over CON bill turns testy under Gold Dome

House Bill 198 will damage the state’s health care system.

House Bill 198 will improve access to quality medical services.

Those diametrically opposed views resounded during a passionate, occasionally testy three-hour legislative hearing Thursday on the high-profile bill, which would revamp the state’s health care regulatory system.

The newly formed House committee on health care access heard from a stream of opponents and supporters of the overhaul of the current certificate of need (CON) apparatus.

CON governs the construction and expansion of health care facilities and services. A provider currently must obtain a “certificate of need” to proceed with such a project.

House Bill 198 and ...

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House panel backs curbs on ‘step therapy’ rules for medications

When Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 4, he was put on medications that failed to help him. He suffered continual vomiting and severe stomach cramps.

Then they found a medication that worked. Brannen’s symptoms went away.

But after six months, says his mother, Melissa Whirledge, the family’s insurer told them that it would no longer cover the effective medication until “he failed on other drugs that he had already failed on.’’

The family appealed that ruling, and Brannen, now 7, has received exceptions to the drug restrictions. He is doing well, ...

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State’s health care will look very different if major bills pass

This could be the General Assembly session that rocks Georgia health care.

Between the regulatory reform measures already introduced, and the coming bill on federal “waivers,’’ lawmakers have a chance to reconfigure the medical landscape in the state.

The waiver proposal from Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to be twofold. One proposal, if approved by the feds, would likely extend coverage to more uninsured Georgians through Medicaid. The other would shore up the health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

Extension of insurance coverage to more people is a long-desired goal of medical provider groups and patient advocates.

Meanwhile, the proposed major reform ...

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A real deal: Northside-Gwinnett merger finally gets federal approval

The wait is over.

After years of delay while seeking regulatory approval, Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System said Tuesday that they have obtained federal approval to merge their operations.

The merger, expected to be finalized this summer, will create a system with five hospitals, more than 250 outpatient locations and 21,000 employees.

The mega-deal of nonprofits Northside and Gwinnett was once forecast to close in 2016. Late last week, the Federal Trade Commission completed its review of the combination and gave its approval to move forward, the nonprofit hospital systems said.

Northside operates hospitals in Canton and Cumming as well as its flagship hospital ...

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