Keep the Fourth festive by being smart about fireworks
Let’s face it: Fireworks are fun. And they’re as much a part of the Fourth of July as the American flag. But they also can be dangerous. In 2017, eight people died and more than 12,000 people were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according... Read more
Piedmont’s new payment plan: 25% upfront for some patients
Piedmont Healthcare is requiring patients who shoulder the entire cost of a non-emergency medical service to pay 25 percent of the bill before they get the care. The system’s new upfront-payment policy was publicly revealed recently at the Healthcare Financial Management Association conference in Orlando. It was first reported by... Read more
Abrams says waiver effort won’t fix Georgia’s health care problems
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told reporters Wednesday that Georgia’s proposed health care waivers are “shortsighted’’ and will leave hundreds of thousands without health insurance. During last year’s gubernatorial campaign, Abrams pushed for the state to adopt full expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. She was... Read more
Duncan urges culture of transparency in health care
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told journalists Tuesday that he wants to see transparency on quality of medical care as much as on medical prices. Duncan said there’s a vacuum of information on medical outcomes that he would like to see filled. The lieutenant governor had been in the nation’s... Read more
Enrollment drops, eligibility snags and cyber-errors in benefit programs spark concern
Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare saw a drop of 20,000 kids last year, a recent report found. Food stamp use has fallen in the state as well, continuing a steady drop since 2013. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which aids pregnant women and families with dependent children, hit a... Read more

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