One-quarter of Georgia hospitals penalized over patient safety problems
One in four Georgia hospitals will be paid less by Medicare due to high rates of infections and patient injuries. The 27 percent figure of eligible Georgia hospitals facing penalties is slightly above the national average, which is 25 percent.   The Georgia hospitals facing pay reductions include some... Read more
Legislative effort to overhaul CON system stalled in Senate
The proposed reform of the state’s certificate-of-need (CON) system faces an uncertain fate, just days before a legislative deadline. Lawmakers are considering the broadest revamp of the controversial regulatory program in years, and several hearings have been held on the issue. But Crossover Day is scheduled for March 7.... Read more
Commentary: Time to reform CON has arrived
Proposed changes to the state’s certificate-of-need program have stirred up a storm at the Georgia General Assembly. The CON system regulates health care facility construction and the provision of medical services in the state. Legislation has been introduced to fundamentally overhaul CON, but hospitals have fought against major changes.... Read more
This is the year to finally reform Certificate of Need
Perhaps the biggest health care battle of our lifetime exploded almost a decade ago when Congress rammed through Obamacare. As a result, patient choices have been limited while the cost of health care skyrocketed. What consumers have cried for since then is not only some sanity in the cost... Read more
House panel endorses CON overhaul; senators mull compromise
The proposed revamp of state health care regulations cleared a key hurdle Monday when a House committee approved House Bill 198. The vote followed contentious testimony last week about the potential impact of overhauling the state’s controversial certificate-of-need (CON) laws. CON governs the construction and expansion of health care facilities... Read more

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