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
The troubled nursing homes you may not know about
A year ago, a resident of a Central Georgia nursing home climbed out of the window of her room and wandered off. The staff at Pinehill Nursing Center in Byromville realized she was gone and launched a search. The woman had been reported to be delusional and refusing to... Read more
Medicare readmission penalties hit dozens of Georgia hospitals again
Hospitals can receive Medicare penalties if too many of their patients are readmitted within a month of their discharge. And recently released federal data show that 85 percent of such facilities in Georgia are set to be penalized. The readmission penalties, created by the Affordable Care Act, have brought increased... Read more
New Medicare cards are arriving: How to protect them, avoid scams
We often get new cards in the mail, from credit to retail to random discounts, many of them unwanted. But there’s a very important card on its way – or newly arrived – for hundreds of thousands of Georgians 65 and older. Don’t toss it into the junk mail... Read more
Feds report serious RN shortages at many Georgia nursing homes
An analysis of Medicare data shows that nearly half of Georgia nursing homes recently were found “below average’’ or “much below average’’ in their staffing levels of registered nurses. RNs are the highest-trained caregivers required to be on staff in a nursing home, and they supervise other nurses and... Read more

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