Stories 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

Friday, Aug 14, 2015

Ga. argues against Medicaid 'waiver'

ATLANTA -- The state's Medicaid agency has all but ruled out Grady Health System's "waiver'' proposal to cover more uninsured Georgians.
By Andy Miller

Good news for state employees on insurance

ATLANTA -- Most schoolteachers and state employees will see lower premiums for health care under their 2016 benefits plan unveiled Thursday.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Data breach affects thousands

ATLANTA -- About 3,000 Georgians have been told that some of their health information was inadvertently disclosed.
By Andy Miller

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mega-merger would bolster Blue Cross in Georgia

ATLANTA — Anthem’s agreement to buy Cigna for $48 billion, if consummated, would cement the dominant position of Georgia’s leading health insurer.
By Andy Miller

Monday, July 13, 2015

The sad rate of mothers dying in childbirth

ATLANTA -- "Maternal mortality" has haunted Georgia public health and medical officials for years.
By Andy Miller

Monday, June 29, 2015

Smoking not extinguished in bars, restaurants

ATLANTA -- Ten years ago, the Georgia Legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants. It was promoted as a way to improve "the health, comfort and environment'' of Georgians.
By Andy Miller

Friday, June 19, 2015

Deadline looms for Georgia, Feds

Georgia is "waiting to hear'' from the U.S. Department of Justice about what the federal agency plans to do after the June 30 expiration of the settlement agreement.
By Andy Miller
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