APRIL 26, 2018
Blue Cross Blue Shield and Piedmont Healthcare sign new agreement
11 Alive
Blue Cross Blue Shield and Piedmont Healthcare have officially signed a deal after months of negotiating ended up with, dropped coverage and patient panic. READ MORE
Georgia rates better on emergency preparedness, but still has room for improvement
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s preparedness for managing health emergencies is improving but still lags behind the national average, according to a newly released report. | READ MORE
As lawmakers tackle CON process, one case may be fought in court
Georgia Health News
If, as expected, Georgia House leaders sit down this summer to study the state’s health care regulatory process, they may want to look at what’s happening – or not happening — in southwest Georgia. | READ MORE
Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online
Medicare will require hospitals to post their standard prices online and make electronic medical records more readily available to patients, officials said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Medicare advisers recommend payment cuts to many free-standing ERs
The woman arrived at the emergency department gasping for air, her severe emphysema causing such shortness of breath that the physician who examined her immediately put her on a ventilator to help her breathe. | READ MORE
Can small practices adapt to new payment plans?
Medpage Today
Even small practices can adapt to new payment models -- but they need the right incentives to get going, Bill Golden, M.D., medical director of Arkansas Medicaid, said here at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians. | READ MORE
Who should get the new shingles vaccine and why?
The Press of Atlantic City
Shingles can be a nasty experience, leaving its victims with severe pain, blisters, itching and scarring. | READ MORE
South Georgia communities join anti-opioid lawsuit
Valdosta Daily Times
Several counties and cities around South Georgia have recently jumped on board a national lawsuit against drug manufacturers in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. | READ MORE
Hospital group drops fight against Lee County project
Georgia Health News
Just days after two lawsuits were filed to block a new hospital in Lee County, that legal opposition is already partially unraveling. | READ MORE
One in 5 Georgia hospitals gets ‘A’ in safety ratings
Georgia Health News
Fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report. | READ MORE
CHOA first hospital to offer ERCP
11 Alive
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is the only pediatric facility offering ERCP. | READ MORE
An RN, Joyce Barlow places focus on Medicaid expansion in 151 race
Albany Herald
As the CEO of Englewood Health Care, it’s not surprising that House District 151 challenger Joyce Barlow’s top priorities are the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of programs to preclude the closing of rural hospitals in southwest Georgia. | READ MORE
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