Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests
A recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied. The Rand Corp. data uses prices paid by health insurers under employer-based coverage, and compares that spending to what Medicare pays at the same facilities. The sampling is limited, with claims studied... Read more
Closed hospital makes comeback as part of ambitious strategy
A closed rural hospital has reopened with a new name and a plan for a bigger development. The former Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega, the seat of Lumpkin County, is now Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin. It’s a scaled-down facility that offers an emergency department, inpatient care and other... Read more
Piedmont’s new payment plan: 25% upfront for some patients
Piedmont Healthcare is requiring patients who shoulder the entire cost of a non-emergency medical service to pay 25 percent of the bill before they get the care. The system’s new upfront-payment policy was publicly revealed recently at the Healthcare Financial Management Association conference in Orlando. It was first reported by... Read more
Abrams says waiver effort won’t fix Georgia’s health care problems
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told reporters Wednesday that Georgia’s proposed health care waivers are “shortsighted’’ and will leave hundreds of thousands without health insurance. During last year’s gubernatorial campaign, Abrams pushed for the state to adopt full expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. She was... Read more
Duncan urges culture of transparency in health care
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told journalists Tuesday that he wants to see transparency on quality of medical care as much as on medical prices. Duncan said there’s a vacuum of information on medical outcomes that he would like to see filled. The lieutenant governor had been in the nation’s... Read more

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