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
How a family learned the pain of surprise billing
Lelia Stina had to act fast when her 4-year-old son, Liam, developed severe breathing problems last August. First she took him to an urgent care center in Rome, but it was a Sunday night and the center was closed. So she drove to Redmond Regional Medical Center, a hospital... Read more
PBMs: Power brokers in the prescription drug world
A recent legislative hearing in Atlanta featured a stream of PBM critics. South Georgia pharmacist Nikki Bryant said PBMs are putting her out of business. Cancer patient Katie Groover said they have “exhausting” bureaucratic processes that “take away patient choice.’’ Dr. Melissa Dillmon, a Rome oncologist, said PBMs often cause... Read more
Feds seek more data on state’s insurance waiver
Federal officials are asking Georgia for more information on the state’s request for a waiver to make changes to the health insurance exchange. In a letter dated Thursday to Gov. Brian Kemp, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicates that the “reinsurance’’ part of that waiver... Read more
Transparency legislation seeks to boost patients’ buying power
Consumers often have no idea about what they will pay for a medical procedure – or about the quality of care they can expect to receive. But under a bill discussed Monday in state Senate committee hearing, more Georgia patients with insurance could get access to such information. Senate... Read more

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