Piedmont agrees to pay $16 million to settle billing lawsuit by feds
Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare has agreed to pay $16 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare and Medicaid. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Piedmont billed the government insurance programs for procedures at the more expensive inpatient rates instead of the less... Read more
Jail, nursing home cases help drive COVID-19 spike in LaGrange
The latest Georgia hot spot for coronavirus is LaGrange, a city near the Alabama border that has seen major outbreaks in a jail and a nursing home, and significant community spread. Testing last week at the Troup County Jail in LaGrange found 71 inmates out of 316 with positive... Read more
Doctor groups urge hike in state tobacco tax; panel OKs legislation on surprise medical billing
Four physician groups strongly endorsed a state tobacco tax increase Sunday, a day before a possible vote on the issue in a state Senate committee. “Georgia having the third-lowest tobacco tax in the country has long been unacceptable to Georgia’s medical community,” Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, a Thomson physician and... Read more
National scorecard shows state improving on COVID-19 fight
Data on COVID-19 can be confusing, sometimes even conflicting, and state reports of cases in Georgia have created an unusual level of controversy. Nevertheless, a national scorecard on COVID trends shows that Georgia is making progress on combating the virus. The “How We Reopen Safely’’ chart from COVID Exit... Read more
Commentary:  Fix hospital business models before next crisis
By Dr. Angel R. Leon As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in the U.S., we need to reflect upon how hospitals initially responded to the crisis, and how market forces may have made them more vulnerable. Some institutions that invested years of work and millions of dollars to hone... Read more

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