Wellstar-United contract ends without a deal, affecting thousands
Tens of thousands of UnitedHealthcare members will now face higher out-of-pocket fees if they go to Wellstar Health System hospitals and doctors. The contract between the two organizations ended Sunday without a new agreement. An estimated 80,000 United members will be affected.   Payment for medical services is the... Read more
Hospitals unsure of vaccine mandate’s effects, but it may curb nurse job-jumping
Georgia hospital officials were scrambling Friday to gauge the impact of President Biden’s order for health care workers to get vaccinated for Covid-19. The mandate would apply to health care facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients – virtually all hospitals – as well as dialysis centers, surgery centers... Read more
Georgia near bottom in rate of required nursing home inspections
Georgia is second to last among states in conducting comprehensive inspections of its nursing homes, according to a federal report. More than 90 percent of Georgia nursing homes had gone without a thorough inspection for at least 16 months as of May 31, the report found. Federal health agencies... Read more
For many, insurance doesn’t prevent high costs from prescriptions
Half of Americans take no prescription drugs. At the other end of the spectrum are people like Karen Milligan. She needs several drugs and pays a lot for them. She has dealt with multiple sclerosis for three decades. It’s disease of the central nervous system with no cure.  At 65, Karen is seeing her drug costs... Read more
Most Georgia hospitals getting penalized for readmissions
More than 80 Georgia hospitals will receive lower reimbursements from Medicare because of their high rates of patient readmissions. Federal statistics compiled by Kaiser Health News show that just 12 eligible hospitals in the state will get no penalty due to readmissions.   The readmission penalties are required under... Read more

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