An influential task force of Georgia House members has approved a set of bold proposals to bolster rural health care in the state.
The recommendations from the House Rural Development Council include expanding insurance coverage through a Medicaid “waiver’’ project and making a fundamental change in the state’s licensing laws known as Certificate of Need (CON).
The report’s proposals, approved Wednesday, also include streamlined billing for health care services; requiring nursing homes to have telemedicine capability; and allowing expanded responsibility for health care providers who are not physicians.
The CON proposal, in particular, is already generating rumblings within Georgia’s hospital industry. The CON laws, ...
Georgia’s ACA exchange enrollment for 2018 may fall far short of the current year’s totals, new federal figures show.
Through last week, 246,270 have signed up for coverage in the state exchange.
This is the last week for sign-ups.
There’s typically high enrollment activity in the final week of Open Enrollment for the exchange. But even with a surge, the Georgia total appears on track to be much lower than the close to half-million who signed up during the last Open Enrollment period.
The final number of Georgians who actually started exchange coverage in 2017 was 404,000.
“Georgia appears to be well below last year’’ ...
The Brookhaven City Council on Tuesday night approved several steps that will enable Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to move forward with its planned $1 billion North Druid Hills campus.
The 72-acre campus will serve as a catalyst for more than $40 million of transportation improvements in the surrounding area, officials said.
“We are thrilled to be in Brookhaven,” said Children’s CEO Donna Hyland in a statement. “This partnership will allow us to do what we do best – get children better, faster – while also having a transformative effect on the health, safety and wellness of our neighbors in Brookhaven, DeKalb County ...
The landmark 2010 settlement agreement between Georgia and the Justice Department to improve mental health services in the state had one glaring gap.
It didn’t address services for children.
Despite some successful funding and programs since then, the need for more and better funded mental health care has presented problems for communities and families across the state.
On Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal released a report from a state commission created to provide recommendations for improving mental health services for kids.
The report offers recommendations on suicide prevention, school-based care, telemedicine and other topics.
Deal compared the commission’s work to successful past collaborations on child welfare ...