State Senate OKs transparency bill on quality, costs of care
The Georgia Senate approved legislation Tuesday to increase transparency of health care prices for consumers. Senate Bill 303 would give insured Georgians the ability to query their insurer to learn their out-of-pocket costs before getting non-emergency services from a physician or hospital. Consumers could also get data on the... Read more
Surprise billing legislation OK’d by Senate, but some see a loophole
For at least five years, proposals to curb surprise medical billing have hit roadblocks in the Georgia General Assembly. Health insurers and physicians have been sharply split over how to fix the problem, and lawmakers have tended to line up with one side or the other. The state Senate... Read more
Wellstar seeking partnership to boost Atlanta Medical Center
Wellstar Health System is looking for a partner to help transform Atlanta Medical Center. AMC has two campuses, with the biggest one a safety-net facility in central Atlanta, not far from Grady Memorial Hospital. The south campus is in East Point, just southwest of Atlanta. The nonprofit Wellstar took... Read more
Family gets relief on surprise bill; legislation advances to help others
An agreement between a health insurer and a Rome hospital has shaved more than $10,000 off a surprise medical bill for a young asthma patient. Liam Stina’s hospital bill of more than $11,000 was featured in a Georgia Health News article last week. But the state department of insurance... Read more
Commentary: Protect doctors with tort reform
The medical malpractice liability situation in Georgia is hurting doctors, according to a leading physician group. Dr. Andrew Reisman, president of the Medical Association of Georgia, says the state Legislature must address the issue of tort reform as it has in the past. In a new GHN Commentary, he argues... Read more

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