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
Verma, in Atlanta, talks TV drug prices, rural health, Georgia waivers
The head of the federal Medicare and Medicaid agency said Wednesday in Atlanta that the new White House regulation on pharmaceutical TV ads will bring “much-needed pricing transparency to the market for prescription drugs.’’ The new policy, announced Wednesday, will require companies to disclose prices in TV ads for... Read more
Challenges and successes: Conference looks at rural health care
Two years ago, Angela Ammons faced a daunting challenge as the new CEO of Clinch Memorial Hospital in Homerville, in South Georgia. It was the RN’s first job as a hospital administrator. The “critical access’’ 25-bed hospital had just three days’ cash on hand, and the predictions were that... Read more
Emory plans major medical development in Brookhaven
Updated May 3 The city of Brookhaven may be getting a second new hospital. Emory University announced Thursday that it’s planning a $1 billion development for Executive Park, which would include a 140-bed hospital. The hospital would not have an emergency room, Emory said. The planned “live-work-play health innovation... Read more
Atlanta health care prices on the high end, national report says
Metro Atlanta is in the top third of 112 urban areas on health care pricing, newly released data show. The prices in greater Atlanta are higher than those in Augusta and Savannah, the two other Georgia cities studied by the Health Care Cost Institute. The Healthy Marketplace Index report... Read more

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