Commentary: Georgia weak on doctor oversight
Georgia is at the bottom in the rate of “serious actions” taken against physicians by state medical boards, according to Public Citizen. And that’s a problem, argues Jack Bernard in a new GHN Commentary. “Georgia is not monitoring its physician quality-of-care problems as well as Kentucky,” which is the... Read more
Wellstar-United contract ends without a deal, affecting thousands
Tens of thousands of UnitedHealthcare members will now face higher out-of-pocket fees if they go to Wellstar Health System hospitals and doctors. The contract between the two organizations ended Sunday without a new agreement. An estimated 80,000 United members will be affected.   Payment for medical services is the... Read more
Georgia getting ‘plenty’ of antibody drugs despite feds’ restrictions
Despite new federal supply limits, Georgia has received enough shipments of monoclonal antibodies to treat patients newly exposed or infected by Covid-19, state officials said Thursday. Concerns about supply shortages of these powerful antibody drugs have emerged in states that are heavy users of the treatment, including Georgia. With... Read more
Weekend deadline looms as Wellstar, United wrangle over contract
For the second time in recent months, insurance giant UnitedHealthcare is mired in a contract squabble with a large Georgia health care system. And as before, the battle to hammer out an agreement that both sides can accept is coming down to the wire. About 80,000 of the insurer’s... Read more
Low wages, pandemic gut staffing support for people with disabilities
Ernestine “Erma” Bryant likes her job, but the pay is a problem. She works in a caregiver role as a “direct support professional” in Tifton, helping people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities with basic functions such as dressing, bathing and eating. Bryant said it’s fulfilling work. “You can... Read more

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