Stories by Andy Miller

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Shock as Mayo Clinic cuts loose Ga. hospital

Mayo Clinic's startling decision to pull out of its "integration agreement'' with Satilla Health Services has left the South Georgia hospital with an uncertain future.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Another Ga. hospital set to close

A rural hospital in northwest Georgia, burdened by a heavy debt load and large financial losses, is set to close Dec. 4.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Telemedicine boon to rural Hancock

SPARTA, Ga. -- While health care across rural Georgia has many shortcomings, Hancock County has languished at the more desperate end.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

More Georgia kids insured as ACA takes hold

ATLANTA -- The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by nearly 50,000 after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, a new report has found.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Health care enrollment slows

ATLANTA -- Federal health officials are predicting little growth in sign-ups as Year Three of open enrollment for the health insurance exchanges begins Sunday.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Feds: Beware spooky contacts

ATLANTA -- Adding decorative contact lenses to a Halloween costume may have some scary health effects, federal officials warn.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Georgia health contract protested

ATLANTA -- Three losing bidders have filed a protest over the Georgia's selection of vendors for a multibillion-dollar Medicaid and PeachCare contract.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Kaiser scores top Georgia rating

ATLANTA -- Kaiser Permanente is again Georgia's top-rated health plan in commercial insurance, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
By Andy Miller

Georgia 'cancer cluster' can't be confirmed

WAYCROSS, Ga. -- State public health officials said Monday that based on their initial analysis, unusual childhood cancer cases in the Waycross area do not constitute a cancer cluster.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Georgia hospitals look at consolidation

A Savannah health system's announcement that it will pursue a strategic partnership with Novant Health fits into the recent flurry of hospital consolidation across Georgia.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Ga. uninsured rate improves

ATLANTA -- Georgia's uninsured rate in 2014 fell by three percentage points, to 15.8 percent, mirroring a national trend linked to new coverage from the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Census Bureau ...
By Andy Miller

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Cancer hospital bid takes new route

NEWNAN, Ga. -- When Cancer Treatment Centers of America dropped its legislative bid earlier this year to ease state restrictions on its Newnan hospital, the company indicated that its quest was ...
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Ga. hospitals taking financial hit

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Last week, the hospital business in Georgia's second-largest city received a double dose of financial misery.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

More Georgia hospital mergers loom

ATLANTA -- Up until now, Northside Hospital has stayed relatively quiet in the almost frantic rush by metro Atlanta hospital systems to seek mergers or acquisitions.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Ga. nursing home groups taps leader

ATLANTA -- The state's powerful nursing home association has named a Florida industry leader as its new president and CEO.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Budget focus includes Medicaid growth

ATLANTA -- The state's Department of Community Health is asking for additional state funds to cover projected Georgia enrollment for Medicaid and PeachCare, which for the first time will exceed 2 ...
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Ga. teen rests after plague scare

The first Georgia patient ever diagnosed with the plague is recovering at home after a week in a Thomasville hospital.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Georgia pediatricians form network

ATLANTA - More than 1,100 Georgia pediatricians have joined a new physician-led network that aims to improve quality of care and eventually contract for payments from insurers.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

Georgia patient tests for plague

ATLANTA -- Public health officials said Wednesday that initial tests have identified a case of plague in Georgia.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Ga. ACA enrollment surpasses 55,000

ATLANTA -- More than 55,000 Georgians signed up for health insurance exchange coverage during a "special" four-month period through the end of June.
By Andy Miller
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