Commentary: Ease burden on Medicaid, medical workers
Georgia’s Medicaid enrollment has increased by tens of thousands of people during the pandemic. That’s going to push the state Medicaid program to its financial limits, says Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, in a new GHN Commentary. Graham urges Congress to provide more federal funding for Medicaid,... Read more
Community Health looks ahead to big financial hole to fill next year
Georgia’s main health care agency recently avoided major budget cuts that hit other departments, largely because the federal government increased its share of matching funds for state Medicaid programs. The extra money was aimed at helping states weather the financial devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic. But when that federal... Read more
Medicaid, PeachCare keep gaining enrollment as pandemic continues
Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare rolls continue to grow amid the economic devastation from COVID-19. Newly released June enrollment figures show that Medicaid membership grew by 23,000, while PeachCare, the children’s health insurance program in Georgia, saw enrollment rise by nearly 14,000. That continues a steady increase in each program,... Read more
Considerable action on health bills puts cap on interrupted session
State Rep. David Knight had a triumphant look Friday when talking about his quest for more oversight and restrictions on the PBM industry. Pharmacy Benefit Managers are basically corporate middlemen between health insurers or large employers and drugmakers in handling pharmaceutical benefits. The Georgia General Assembly approved a group... Read more
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

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