Personal blog: Excellent medical care, followed by nasty letters
“Final Notice,” the medical bill read. And that cheery tone continued: “The above account may be sent to a collection agency if we do not receive immediate payment.’’ The amount due: $26.04. At least they sent me an envelope with it (though they didn’t include a stamp). It was... Read more
Anthem bends in WellStar dispute, lets patients visit docs at network rates
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to allow its Pathway health plan members to visit WellStar Health System doctors at network rates through the end of the year. The consent order, announced Wednesday, partially ends the long-running dispute over the health insurance exchange plan run by Anthem.... Read more
Macon hospital’s move reflects fast-food opposition
A fast-food outlet at a Macon medical center is closing, the second such action at a Georgia hospital in the past three years. This week, Navicent Health announced that a McDonald’s restaurant inside its major Macon hospital is closing. The decision follows a complaint by the Physicians Committee for... Read more
Georgia moves up in key rating of hospital safety
More than one-third of Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ in the latest safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group. That puts Georgia No. 15 among states for its percentage of hospitals getting an “A’’ from Leapfrog, up from 17th place in the ratings last fall. Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded... Read more
State gets Anthem to pay disputed bill, still plans hearing on complaints
In a case that highlighted problems in insurance networks, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to pay the $87,000 in outstanding medical bills of a Newnan cancer patient, state officials say. The patient, Diane Conine, went to Piedmont Newnan hospital for emergency care in January, and had... Read more

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