Deal reached on millions in erroneous Medicare payments
Federal health officials have worked out an agreement to resolve an overpayment problem with medical providers in Georgia and other states. The terms of that agreement, like the payment issue itself, are complicated, A year ago, Georgia Health News reported that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read more
EPA proposal on ethylene oxide attacked as ‘weak’
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed its first of two new rules to curb emissions of cancer-causing ethylene oxide. Environmental advocates and legislators, however, say the federal agency’s plans won’t do... Read more
Fewer Georgia hospitals earn ‘A’ safety rating in new Leapfrog report
One in four Georgia hospitals earned an “A’’ grade in the latest safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group, released Thursday. That percentage is lower than the one-third of Georgia hospitals scoring an A in the spring 2019 Leapfrog report. The new rate dropped Georgia from 15th among states to... Read more
Commentary: Get serious about Lyme disease
Cases of tick-borne diseases have been rising. And the federal data probably capture only a fraction of the number of people with these illnesses. In a new GHN Commentary, Gerald Arkin takes a personal view of Lyme disease. He writes that his daughter underwent years of doctor visits, treatments... Read more
Northwest Georgia health system to join N.C.-based Atrium
A Rome-based hospital system said Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to combine with Charlotte-based Atrium Health. The agreement between the nonprofit systems Atrium and Floyd Health System, if finalized, would represent another major development in the consolidation of hospitals in Georgia. Atrium Health recently took... Read more

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