Hospitals in Georgia, U.S. charging insurers more than twice Medicare rates, study finds
Hospitals in the United States are charging private insurers 2.5 times what they get paid under the government Medicare program for the same services, according to a study released Friday. In Georgia, hospitals charge private insurers even higher rates, at nearly three times Medicare reimbursements, the RAND Corp. study found. But... Read more
Commentary: Ease burden on Medicaid, medical workers
Georgia’s Medicaid enrollment has increased by tens of thousands of people during the pandemic. That’s going to push the state Medicaid program to its financial limits, says Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, in a new GHN Commentary. Graham urges Congress to provide more federal funding for Medicaid,... Read more
Wheeler Co. at No. 1 nationally for COVID rate, but data mix-up blamed 
A ‘‘data dump’’ of prison COVID-19 cases appears to have lifted a southeast Georgia county into the top position nationally on a New York Times hot spot list for the disease. The county, Wheeler, is home to a large state prison. State public health officials said that they became... Read more
Food banks see increasing demand as pandemic continues
Food banks across Georgia say they’re seeing a spike in demand from families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re also reporting an increase in child hunger. Food bank officials spoke Tuesday in a virtual news conference about how the economic devastation and job loss caused by the pandemic have raised... Read more
Politically connected firm earning millions in state contract
A health care staffing company with strong political connections has been paid more than $40 million by the state of Georgia to supply medical workers to fight COVID-19. Jackson Healthcare, a private company based in Alpharetta, was asked by state officials for help in March. That’s when Phoebe Putney... Read more

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