Following a similar move by a House panel, a Georgia Senate study committee has proposed some major changes in the state’s health care regulatory structure known as certificate of need (CON).
The panel, chaired by state Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), a physician, has formulated draft legislation that could ease restrictions involving Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which has a hospital in Newnan, and clear a path for a planned sports medicine center in Alpharetta.
The proposed Senate revisions take ‘‘a more moderate approach’’ to CON reform than the House plan, Watson said at a committee hearing Friday. The goal, he said, is ...
The Affordable Care Act has withstood dozens of repeal attempts in Congress and two strong Supreme Court challenges.
Now the 2010 health law, also known as Obamacare, will have to survive another major test.
On Friday, a federal judge in Texas struck down the ACA as unconstitutional, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general – including Chris Carr of Georgia – who filed a legal challenge to it.
Judge Reed C. O’Connor ruled that the tax bill passed by Congress last December effectively made the whole ACA unconstitutional. That measure eliminated the ACA tax penalty for not having health insurance.
How this latest ...
The mysterious delay in the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System is continuing, month after month.
The mega-deal, once forecast to close in 2016, is still in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission, which must approve the transaction.
But Northside hasn’t been sitting idly by, waiting for the FTC to act.
The powerful Sandy Springs-based hospital system has developed a new medical office building in Midtown Atlanta – invading prime territory long dominated by Emory Healthcare and Piedmont Healthcare.
Most of the new building is occupied by Northside medical providers. And the system has filed for state permission to build an ...
Just a few days are left before the deadline for sign-ups in the 2019 health insurance exchange.
Yet as of Dec. 8, the number of Georgians who had enrolled in the health insurance exchange was less than half of last year’s total sign-up figure, federal health officials report.
Through this past Saturday, 233,584 Georgians had enrolled for Affordable Care Act insurance. Last year’s final total was roughly 481,000.
The sign-up deadline is this Saturday, Dec. 15.
The decreased pace of sign-ups isn’t just in Georgia. Enrollment nationally is running lower than last year’s figures on comparable dates. In North Carolina, a state with a ...