“Health Briefs: Eastside offers community health screening”

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – Gwinnett Daily Post GMC recognized by health organization Gwinnett Medical Center was recently recognized by Georgia Watch, a statewide consumer advocacy organization, for its work in several areas. The Lawrenceville-based hospital was evaluated in Georgia …

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Georgia Watch releases report on nonprofit hospital compliance with new rules

ATLANTA, GA, May 14, 2015 – Today, the Health Access Program at Georgia Watch released a report on Georgia nonprofit hospital compliance with new federal regulations that mandate thoughtful community benefit planning and increased transparency. Nonprofit hospitals classified by the …

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“Opponents: Emory/WellStar Merger Talks Lack Transparency”

Georgia Watch submitted public comments on the possible Emory WellStar merger to the health systems yesterday.  You can read our press release and comments on this site.  Health Access Program Director Beth Stephens was interviewed by WABE’s Jim Burress today about …

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Georgia Watch submits public comment on Emory WellStar merger

Georgia Watch’s Health Access Program submitted comments yesterday to both Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System expressing deep concern about the potential Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System merger.  You can see the Press Release here.  “Nationwide, hospital consolidation is leading to higher prices …

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Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee issues final report but overlooks Medicaid expansion

On February 23, 2015, the Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee (RHSC), formed by Governor Deal, issued a final report outlining its suggested solutions for Georgia’s struggling rural hospitals.  While we support the Committee’s recommendations, we joined fellow advocacy organizations in expressing …

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Feds publish final regulations for nonprofit hospitals

Written by Beth Stephens, Health Access Program Director, and Lindsey Stephens, Duke Law School Extern On December 31, 2014, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued long-awaited final regulations that clarify requirements for nonprofit hospitals regarding their financial assistance policies and the methods …

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