“Lawmakers to weigh several consumer-related bills”

By WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA — A clue to how at least one consumer-protection bill may fair in this year’s session of the General Assembly came during a panel discussion when all four legislators and the moderator complained of being …

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“WellStar OKs $575 million deal for Tenet hospitals”

By: Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Published: December 1, 2015 WellStar Health System announced Tuesday that it had agreed to buy Tenet Healthcare’s five metro Atlanta hospitals for $575 million. The deal, if approved by regulators, would make Marietta-based WellStar …

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Georgia Court of Appeals rules in favor of protecting caregivers when it comes to emergency hospital bills

Published by Georgia Watch’s Court Watch on November 23, 2015 In a ruling on October 6, 2015, the Court of Appeals of Georgia held that signing patient registration and consent forms on behalf of an incapacitated adult does not necessarily …

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“Health assessment stirs questions . . . even before it’s released”

Published November 8, 2015 in Georgia Health News Written By: Syndey Devine Two Athens hospitals are sitting on a federally mandated report they commissioned early this year, and people who run safety net clinics and social service agencies are anxiously …

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“Legislators examine consumer shocker of medical ‘balance billing’”

By Andy Miller – For the Atlanta Journal Constitution – Posted Thursday, October 8, 2015 A patient scheduled for surgery makes sure that both the hospital and surgeon are in the health plan’s network prior to the operation. But after …

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“Ga. uninsured rate improves, but still ranks among the highest”

By TOM CRAWFORD | Published: SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 The percentage of Georgians without health insurance declined in 2014, as it did in most other states, an improvement that was attributed to a stronger economy and the availability of coverage through the Affordable Care Act …

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“UPDATE: HIV meds to remain on preferred status with Medicaid”

Georgia Voice, Patrick Saunders, August 25, 2015, 11:48am UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: All single-pill HIV regimens will remain on preferred status with Medicaid. Commissioner Reece’s office confirms that the DCH website will be updated to reflect this update. Here’s the blow-by-blow …

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