Governor urges indicted insurance chief to quit
Gov. Brian Kemp has asked Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to resign in the wake of the latter’s federal indictment Tuesday on wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering charges. “Your indictment severely undermines your ability to fulfill your official obligations to the people of Georgia,’’ Kemp said in a... Read more
Georgia moves up in key rating of hospital safety
More than one-third of Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ in the latest safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group. That puts Georgia No. 15 among states for its percentage of hospitals getting an “A’’ from Leapfrog, up from 17th place in the ratings last fall. Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded... Read more
More than 300 have been affected by hepatitis A outbreak in Georgia
The hepatitis A toll in Georgia now exceeds 300 cases, including one death, according to state public health officials. Of the 312 Georgia residents diagnosed with hepatitis A since June 2018, two-thirds were hospitalized. Almost half the cases are linked to illicit drug use, the state’s Department of Public... Read more
Insurance chief indicted over alleged $2 million, five-year fraud scheme
State Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was charged Tuesday in a 38-count federal indictment on allegations of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering, prosecutors said. The indictment alleges Beck stole more than $2 million from his former employer, Georgia Underwriting Association, through ‘’an elaborate invoicing scheme,’’ BJay Pak, the... Read more
State gets Anthem to pay disputed bill, still plans hearing on complaints
In a case that highlighted problems in insurance networks, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to pay the $87,000 in outstanding medical bills of a Newnan cancer patient, state officials say. The patient, Diane Conine, went to Piedmont Newnan hospital for emergency care in January, and had... Read more

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