Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Warm Springs hospital started by FDR settles federal dispute
 The historic Georgia hospital that said a federal payment dispute pushed it toward closing is now out of danger, hospital representatives said. Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, originally established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to treat polio, has settled its payment dispute with the federal agency that runs Medicare...

Posted: 17 hours ago

The historic Georgia hospital that said a federal payment dispute pushed it toward closing is now out of danger, hospital representatives said. Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, originally established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to treat polio, has settled its payment dispute with the federal agency that runs Medicare...
Effort to tamp down surprise ER bills faces trouble in Georgia House
 The Georgia Legislature appears set to go another year without passing legislation addressing surprise billing, leaving Georgia hospital patients to face potentially thousands of dollars in unexpected doctor bills. Senate Bill 56, a proposal that aims to protect properly insured patients who go to emergency rooms from receiving additional...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Georgia Legislature appears set to go another year without passing legislation addressing surprise billing, leaving Georgia hospital patients to face potentially thousands of dollars in unexpected doctor bills. Senate Bill 56, a proposal that aims to protect properly insured patients who go to emergency rooms from receiving additional...
Bill to ease private hospital developments fails in Georgia House
 A bill to ease restrictions on private competition with hospitals has failed the Georgia House of Representatives, by a vote of 72 to 94. The restriction in question is called Certificate of Need, or CON. CON is aimed to protect nonprofit hospitals from being financially damaged by for-profit competition. The bill, House Bill 198, is...

Posted: 11 days ago

A bill to ease restrictions on private competition with hospitals has failed the Georgia House of Representatives, by a vote of 72 to 94. The restriction in question is called Certificate of Need, or CON. CON is aimed to protect nonprofit hospitals from being financially damaged by for-profit competition. The bill, House Bill 198, is...
Anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill gains approval of Georgia House panel
 After hours of emotional debate, a state House panel voted Wednesday to advance legislation that would make abortion illegal as soon as a doctor can detect a heartbeat in a fetus. The bill, House Bill 481, now will be considered for debate on the House floor, where it would likely have to pass Thursday if it is to be approved this year...

Posted: 12 days ago

After hours of emotional debate, a state House panel voted Wednesday to advance legislation that would make abortion illegal as soon as a doctor can detect a heartbeat in a fetus. The bill, House Bill 481, now will be considered for debate on the House floor, where it would likely have to pass Thursday if it is to be approved this year...
Bill that passed Georgia House a “first step” on drug transparency
 A bill grappling with a middleman in the pharmacy industry, pharmacy benefit managers, has passed the Georgia House of Representatives and now heads to the state Senate. House Bill 323, sponsored by Rep. David Knight, R-Griffin, passed 170 to 0 on Monday. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBM’s, have become an oft-cited villain in the battle...

Posted: 13 days ago

A bill grappling with a middleman in the pharmacy industry, pharmacy benefit managers, has passed the Georgia House of Representatives and now heads to the state Senate. House Bill 323, sponsored by Rep. David Knight, R-Griffin, passed 170 to 0 on Monday. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBM’s, have become an oft-cited villain in the battle...
Measure to reduce hospital surprise bills passes Georgia Senate
 The Georgia Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 56, a measure that aims to stop the practice of “surprise billing.” This type of surprise billing involves a properly insured patient going to an emergency room but later receiving an uncovered bill for some service within the hospital; that service turns out to be an...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Georgia Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 56, a measure that aims to stop the practice of “surprise billing.” This type of surprise billing involves a properly insured patient going to an emergency room but later receiving an uncovered bill for some service within the hospital; that service turns out to be an...
Anthem/Blue Cross to some Georgia clients: Your contract is mistaken
 Last year, the insurance giant Anthem made a contract with its individual policyholders. They could keep going to their specialists, the contract said, without a referral from a primary care doctor. Now Anthem says that was a mistake. In reality, Anthem told some Georgia customers in a Feb. 21 letter, “Your plan does require a referral...

Posted: 14 days ago

Last year, the insurance giant Anthem made a contract with its individual policyholders. They could keep going to their specialists, the contract said, without a referral from a primary care doctor. Now Anthem says that was a mistake. In reality, Anthem told some Georgia customers in a Feb. 21 letter, “Your plan does require a referral...
Georgia Legislature takes aim at surprise billing, again
 Surprise billing continues to wallop hospital patients in Georgia. As in years past, the Legislature continues to say it wants to help. Surprise billing happens when properly insured patients receive reasonable health care and then find out after the fact that their insurance company isn’t going to pay. The most commonly discussed occurrences...

Posted: 17 days ago

Surprise billing continues to wallop hospital patients in Georgia. As in years past, the Legislature continues to say it wants to help. Surprise billing happens when properly insured patients receive reasonable health care and then find out after the fact that their insurance company isn’t going to pay. The most commonly discussed occurrences...
Bills moving through Georgia Legislature to help teledoctors set up
 Bills moving through the Georgia Legislature could lay the groundwork to expand telemedicine in the state. Health care providers in the state are already taking initial steps down the digital medicine road. Internet portals where patients can write back and forth with their doctors and nurses are spreading. Some health care workers give advice...

Posted: 18 days ago

Bills moving through the Georgia Legislature could lay the groundwork to expand telemedicine in the state. Health care providers in the state are already taking initial steps down the digital medicine road. Internet portals where patients can write back and forth with their doctors and nurses are spreading. Some health care workers give advice...
Kemp’s health care ‘waiver’ bill passes Georgia Senate
 A bill to allow the governor to design “waivers” that may expand access to health insurance for poor and middle-class Georgians passed the state Senate on Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp came to the chamber afterward to address reporters on the bill, which he proposed. “We’re on the right track to do things and put Georgians...

Posted: 20 days ago

A bill to allow the governor to design “waivers” that may expand access to health insurance for poor and middle-class Georgians passed the state Senate on Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp came to the chamber afterward to address reporters on the bill, which he proposed. “We’re on the right track to do things and put Georgians...
Bill to ease Georgia hospital restrictions passes House committee
 A bill to open up nonprofit hospitals to much greater competition from the private sector passed a Georgia legislative committee on Monday. The House Special Committee on Access to Quality Health Care easily approved House Bill 198. It is the broadest of several bills under discussion in the Legislature this year to ease the regualation called...

Posted: 21 days ago

A bill to open up nonprofit hospitals to much greater competition from the private sector passed a Georgia legislative committee on Monday. The House Special Committee on Access to Quality Health Care easily approved House Bill 198. It is the broadest of several bills under discussion in the Legislature this year to ease the regualation called...