Anthem names new chief in Georgia amid dispute with Northside
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named a new president of its Georgia operation just days before a possible contract cutoff with Northside Hospital. Robert Bunch, a longtime Anthem official, replaces Pam Stahl, who has taken a job in another industry, the insurer said late last week. The... Read more
What the Kemp budget has for health care — and what it doesn’t
Extending Medicaid coverage for women who have given birth. Higher pay for physicians serving Georgia’s poor. More money for rural health care. In many ways, health care is getting a boost in Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget. Kemp’s proposed budget envisions a record $30.2 billion in state spending next year. The... Read more
Anthem seeks to halt court order continuing Northside contract
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has filed a legal motion to end a court’s temporary restraining order that, at least temporarily, has kept Northside Hospital facilities in the giant insurer’s network. Northside Hospital was granted an injunction by Fulton County Superior Court just before its Anthem contract was scheduled... Read more
Kaiser Permanente gets a new Georgia president
Kaiser Permanente has appointed Pamela Shipley as the new regional president for the organization’s Georgia operation. Shipley comes from Sharecare, a virtual health IT company based in Atlanta, where she was chief operating officer.   She is replacing Jim Simpson, who is taking another position in the Kaiser Permanente... Read more
Covid hospitalizations soar in Atlanta area; Northside wins a round in court vs. Anthem
Major happenings in health care didn’t cease over the holidays. The news, in fact, exploded – in both familiar and surprising directions, including an unusual twist in the Northside Hospital vs. Anthem contract dispute. It started, of course, with the latest on the Covid-19 pandemic. The state last week... Read more

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