Deadlock: Anthem patients lose network status at Northeast Georgia
Thousands of Georgians with Anthem insurance are now out of network if they visit hospitals and other facilities run by a Gainesville-based health system. The contract between Anthem, the state’s largest health insurer, and Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) expired early Tuesday.   Four months ago, Northeast Georgia sent... Read more
Employer survey again shows higher costs for workers, firms
Health care costs for both companies and workers keep going higher, with no end in sight. A national survey released Wednesday reported that premiums for employer health plans for family coverage rose 5 percent this year. That benefit cost increase, as in previous years, rose faster than workers’ wages... Read more
Commentary: Many Georgia hospitals’ lifeline in danger
The Disproportionate Share Hospital program isn’t widely known among the public. But among hospital leaders, it’s a crucial factor in the financial health of their facilities. The DSH program helps hospitals cover the costs of care not paid for by insurance. Efforts to maintain funding are stalled in Congress, and... Read more
Congressional inaction on DSH program will hurt Georgia hospitals
By Bernie Tokarz While lawmakers in Washington debate the nuances of broader health care policy, uninsured Americans are still turning to local hospitals to access basic care, and those hospitals are still on the hook for the costs of that care. And if Congress doesn’t act by the end... Read more
No delay: Nonprofit hospitals must disclose financial data soon
Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals will still have to disclose extensive financial data by Oct. 1, even though state regulations on this new requirement won’t be finished by then, state officials say. A disclosure law, passed by the General Assembly early this year, requires reporting of executive compensation and the financial... Read more

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