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Feds reveal names of Georgia nursing homes on troubled watch list
 Some Georgia nursing homes have a problem. More of them than the public knew. Last week, the U.S. Senate released the names of nursing homes that have been on a troubling watch list. Up to now they’ve been kept private. The list is of “candidates” for a program giving special focus to troubled nursing homes. The only...

Posted: 2 days ago

Some Georgia nursing homes have a problem. More of them than the public knew. Last week, the U.S. Senate released the names of nursing homes that have been on a troubling watch list. Up to now they’ve been kept private. The list is of “candidates” for a program giving special focus to troubled nursing homes. The only...
Georgia Medicaid recipients: What to do if your benefits were cut off
 State officials have advised 17,000 Medicaid patients that it dropped from its rolls recently to reapply. But they’re not making it easy. Below are some information and resources for those who believe their benefits were cut in error. > Read the news story: 17,000 Georgians cut off from Medicaid face messy bureaucracy WHAT TO...

Posted: 2 days ago

State officials have advised 17,000 Medicaid patients that it dropped from its rolls recently to reapply. But they’re not making it easy. Below are some information and resources for those who believe their benefits were cut in error. > Read the news story: 17,000 Georgians cut off from Medicaid face messy bureaucracy WHAT TO...
17,000 Georgians cut off from Medicaid face messy bureaucracy
 State officials have advised 17,000 Medicaid patients that it dropped from its rolls recently to reapply. But they’re not making it easy. Callers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they reach recordings, not people. They follow phone prompts to get in queues to wait to be served, but queues may be full and they get cut off....

Posted: 3 days ago

State officials have advised 17,000 Medicaid patients that it dropped from its rolls recently to reapply. But they’re not making it easy. Callers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they reach recordings, not people. They follow phone prompts to get in queues to wait to be served, but queues may be full and they get cut off....
Georgia joins legal fight over association health plans
 State Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a legal push to allow more health plans that are exempt from Affordable Care Act requirements. Carr’s move lends the state’s support to a lawsuit over whether the Trump administration can expand the use of “association health plans.” Such plans may offer members the choice...

Posted: 4 days ago

State Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a legal push to allow more health plans that are exempt from Affordable Care Act requirements. Carr’s move lends the state’s support to a lawsuit over whether the Trump administration can expand the use of “association health plans.” Such plans may offer members the choice...
EXCLUSIVE: Georgia is cutting off Medicaid for 17,000 patients
 The state is terminating Medicaid assistance for about 17,000 poor elderly or disabled Georgians, it says, as lawyers for some of them call the move a giant mistake. The state Department of Community Health said the 17,000 had simply not responded to renewal notices informing them how to continue their coverage. Patients interviewed by The...

Posted: 10 days ago

The state is terminating Medicaid assistance for about 17,000 poor elderly or disabled Georgians, it says, as lawyers for some of them call the move a giant mistake. The state Department of Community Health said the 17,000 had simply not responded to renewal notices informing them how to continue their coverage. Patients interviewed by The...
State order: Anthem must cover some WellStar services, but not all
 The state Department of Insurance has accepted an agreement from Anthem to cover some WellStar Health System services again for the rest of 2019. But not all. Early this year, the insurer previously known as Blue Cross Blue Shield stopped covering WellStar services for individual policyholders after those Georgians were already locked...

Posted: 11 days ago

The state Department of Insurance has accepted an agreement from Anthem to cover some WellStar Health System services again for the rest of 2019. But not all. Early this year, the insurer previously known as Blue Cross Blue Shield stopped covering WellStar services for individual policyholders after those Georgians were already locked...
CDC: Mold infection from hurricane cleanup can have 50% fatality rate
 Careful with mold, it’s storm season. As hurricane season approaches, the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sharing lessons it learned from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. The CDC is concerned about people who are vulnerable to mold infections handling debris as they clean up after a storm. They want people...

Posted: 17 days ago

Careful with mold, it’s storm season. As hurricane season approaches, the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sharing lessons it learned from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. The CDC is concerned about people who are vulnerable to mold infections handling debris as they clean up after a storm. They want people...
Only a few firms get a shot at Georgia health care waiver contract
 For the first time, Georgia leaders are devising a program that could expand Medicaid to more poor people under the Affordable Care Act and bolster the act’s insurance exchange. Consultants will research the most effective ways to do that — a $2.6 million job funded by a special line item the Legislature inserted into the state...

Posted: 17 days ago

For the first time, Georgia leaders are devising a program that could expand Medicaid to more poor people under the Affordable Care Act and bolster the act’s insurance exchange. Consultants will research the most effective ways to do that — a $2.6 million job funded by a special line item the Legislature inserted into the state...
Afghanistan war widow: Somebody paid for your life
 After working his night shift as a Floyd County policeman, Dallas Bryant drove to his mom’s house Monday morning. Donna Blair was waiting there, holding two bouquets she bought at WalMart the day before, for a drive to the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. They were headed to visit 1st Sergeant John Blair — his stepdad and...

Posted: 20 days ago

After working his night shift as a Floyd County policeman, Dallas Bryant drove to his mom’s house Monday morning. Donna Blair was waiting there, holding two bouquets she bought at WalMart the day before, for a drive to the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. They were headed to visit 1st Sergeant John Blair — his stepdad and...
NEW FINDINGS: 2 Emory researchers didn’t disclose Chinese funding, ties
 Amid soaring U.S. concern about China’s infiltration in Western scientific research, Emory University has found that two of its researchers did not disclose money they were taking from Chinese sources, and that the two did more work for research institutions and universities in China than they had let on. The two are no longer working...

Posted: 24 days ago

Amid soaring U.S. concern about China’s infiltration in Western scientific research, Emory University has found that two of its researchers did not disclose money they were taking from Chinese sources, and that the two did more work for research institutions and universities in China than they had let on. The two are no longer working...
Liver transplant policy to be reinstated; feds apologize for mixup
 A controversial change in the distribution of donated livers among patients in the U.S. for transplants will be undone this week, officials for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its nonprofit contractor said Monday — much sooner than the four weeks they initially said such action would take. That means that livers...

Posted: 27 days ago

A controversial change in the distribution of donated livers among patients in the U.S. for transplants will be undone this week, officials for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its nonprofit contractor said Monday — much sooner than the four weeks they initially said such action would take. That means that livers...
DEEPER FINDINGS: Transplant policy caught in legal tangle in Georgia federal court
 The legal battle over which transplant patients receive new livers is a roller coaster this week, after the federal government refused to halt a new program for reallocating the organs in spite of a federal judge’s order. There are not enough donated livers in the U.S. for all the patients who need them, and Georgia and Midwestern hospitals...

11:47 PM Thursday, May. 16, 2019

The legal battle over which transplant patients receive new livers is a roller coaster this week, after the federal government refused to halt a new program for reallocating the organs in spite of a federal judge’s order. There are not enough donated livers in the U.S. for all the patients who need them, and Georgia and Midwestern hospitals...
New liver transplant policy sparks fight in Georgia court
 A U.S. district judge in Atlanta on Friday threatened the federal government and its contractor with contempt of court and sanctions over a new policy that decides which patients receive the scarce livers that Americans donate for transplant. The idea behind the change is to give the sickest patients the first shot at livers, loosening the...

4:56 PM Wednesday, May. 15, 2019

A U.S. district judge in Atlanta on Friday threatened the federal government and its contractor with contempt of court and sanctions over a new policy that decides which patients receive the scarce livers that Americans donate for transplant. The idea behind the change is to give the sickest patients the first shot at livers, loosening the...
Georgia official: “reason to believe” Anthem/Blue Cross violated law
 A top state regulator said the health insurance giant Anthem may have violated the law when it terminated WellStar Health System from its individual coverage, and he has ordered the company to appear at a hearing to explain itself. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck made the statements in an order he issued Friday. Anthem is formerly known...

10:58 PM Friday, May. 10, 2019

A top state regulator said the health insurance giant Anthem may have violated the law when it terminated WellStar Health System from its individual coverage, and he has ordered the company to appear at a hearing to explain itself. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck made the statements in an order he issued Friday. Anthem is formerly known...
Trump official open to increased funding for Georgia Medicaid waiver
 Georgia may be in line to forge a new path in the way the nation funds Medicaid expansion for the poor, potentially putting the state in line for millions of additional dollars from the federal government, a Trump administration official told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. If it bears out, it’s a victory for Gov. Brian...

4:14 PM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

Georgia may be in line to forge a new path in the way the nation funds Medicaid expansion for the poor, potentially putting the state in line for millions of additional dollars from the federal government, a Trump administration official told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. If it bears out, it’s a victory for Gov. Brian...
Study: Georgia barely meets national average for outbreak preparedness
 Georgia is the home of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the hospital that cured the nation’s first Ebola patient and the world’s busiest airport. It, however, barely meets the national average for health security and preparedness, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. On a scale of 10, Georgia scored...

4:01 AM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

Georgia is the home of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the hospital that cured the nation’s first Ebola patient and the world’s busiest airport. It, however, barely meets the national average for health security and preparedness, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. On a scale of 10, Georgia scored...
Kemp administration opens bidding for health care consultants
 Bidding is open for the contracts that state leaders hope will ease health care coverage for more poor and middle-class Georgians. “Georgia will lead the way in healthcare innovation,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement, “focusing on lowering costs, improving access, protecting those with preexisting conditions, and increasing...

6:12 PM Monday, May. 06, 2019

Bidding is open for the contracts that state leaders hope will ease health care coverage for more poor and middle-class Georgians. “Georgia will lead the way in healthcare innovation,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement, “focusing on lowering costs, improving access, protecting those with preexisting conditions, and increasing...
Kemp could model Georgia Medicaid waiver off Grady program
 There was only so much Grady Memorial Hospital’s emergency room could do for Violet Clark’s deep mental pain when she came in for crisis after crisis, sometimes so distraught she struggled to breathe. Grady couldn’t afford it, either. When she came in, the hospital could rack up thousands of dollars in expenses it had to...

12:00 AM Friday, Apr. 26, 2019

There was only so much Grady Memorial Hospital’s emergency room could do for Violet Clark’s deep mental pain when she came in for crisis after crisis, sometimes so distraught she struggled to breathe. Grady couldn’t afford it, either. When she came in, the hospital could rack up thousands of dollars in expenses it had to...
Kemp signs bill freeing cancer hospital to grow in Georgia
 Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed House Bill 186, unlocking future growth for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Georgia and ending a decade-long battle between CTCA and the state’s nonprofit hospitals. CTCA, a private health care business, won. What it means for Georgia patients is clear: more opportunity to receive treatment...

6:40 PM Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed House Bill 186, unlocking future growth for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Georgia and ending a decade-long battle between CTCA and the state’s nonprofit hospitals. CTCA, a private health care business, won. What it means for Georgia patients is clear: more opportunity to receive treatment...
NEW: Georgia bill to ease opioid access for dying patients awaits Kemp’s pen
 More people could handle morphine under a bill that is awaiting Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature. House Bill 374 would allow certified medication aides to administer liquid morphine to patients who are in hospice care in assisted-living communities. Right now, only nurses can. Hospice patients are typically near the end of their lives, expecting...

7:26 PM Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019

More people could handle morphine under a bill that is awaiting Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature. House Bill 374 would allow certified medication aides to administer liquid morphine to patients who are in hospice care in assisted-living communities. Right now, only nurses can. Hospice patients are typically near the end of their lives, expecting...
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