Stories by Andy Miller

Friday, April 24, 2015

Grady Hospital unit settles overbilling case

ATLANTA -- Grady Health System has agreed to pay $2.95 million to settle charges that it improperly billed Medicaid for treatment to neonatal intensive care patients, the Georgia attorney general ...
By Andy Miller

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ga. fires back on nursing home payments

ATLANTA -- The commissioner of Georgia's Medicaid agency has written a sharply worded defense of nursing home payments now deemed improper by the federal government.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ga. health legislation: Winners and losers

ATLANTA -- With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here's a list of the health care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Autism bill looks stalled in Ga. House

ATLANTA -- The fight over autism treatment coverage continued, pitting organizations concerned about costs against advocates for the most effective services for children.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lawmakers give doctors Medicaid boost

ATLANTA -- A state Senate panel gave Georgia primary care doctors a potential financial boost Wednesday, putting millions of dollars into the state budget for a pay raise to deliver services to ...
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ga. insurance exchange rates steady

ATLANTA -- Premiums in Georgia's insurance exchange showed only a slight increase in 2015, as compared with the South overall and the nation as a whole, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 12, 2015

State reviews 'stop smoking' benefits

ATLANTA -- State insurance officials are investigating whether health insurers are covering tobacco-cessation products as a free benefit, as required under the Affordable Care Act.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

School worker insurance cuts worry lawmakers

ATLANTA -- The budget issue that has most rattled the General Assembly this year involves the proposed elimination of health insurance for 11,500 part-time school employees, mainly bus drivers and ...
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ga. eyes insurance overhaul

ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are considering insurance bills that would create major changes in health plan networks in the state.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Ga. hospital partnerships, purchases rise

ATLANTA -- The hospital partnership dance continues in Georgia. Given the pressures of the health care economy, nobody apparently wants to be a wallflower.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Blue Cross to help hacked customers

ATLANTA -- Current and former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members are being offered free identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services in the wake of a massive data breach.
By Andy Miller

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

'Biosimilar' drug bill clears Senate panel

ATLANTA -- Kerry Tucker came to the state Capitol to testify for a bill that would make it easier for patients like her to get a cheaper medication that's similar to a biologic drug they are ...
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Ga. elderly may get own agency

ATLANTA -- With this aging trend looming, the General Assembly will consider a bill that would move the current Division of Aging Services out of the Department of Human Services and create a new ...
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Shipping proposal outlined for medical marijuana

ATLANTA -- The legislator championing medical marijuana in Georgia said that he hopes to announce an agreement that aims to ship cannabis oil to residents in the state.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Smoking affects millions in Ga.

ATLANTA -- Tobacco use -- the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States -- has a devastating impact in Georgia.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Bad health care news for school workers

ATLANTA -- The state agency that oversees the health care of almost 2.5 million Georgians has drawn sharp questioning over a budget proposal involving a small fraction of them.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Bill would tighten Ga. elder abuse law

ATLANTA -- Georgia legislators hope to close some loopholes in the state's elder abuse law with a bill that would boost law enforcement tools in fighting these crimes.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Ga. health exchange enrollment nears 400,000

ATLANTA -- Almost 400,000 Georgians are signed up for coverage in the 2015 health insurance exchange, federal officials announced Wednesday.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid?

ATLANTA -- Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.
By Andy Miller

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

GA infant mortality sees sharp decline

ATLANTA — Georgia retained its ranking of 38th in a newly released 2014 state-by-state health report card. Southern states generally ranked at the bottom in the annual report by America’s ...
By Andy Miller
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Doctors Hospital sues state

Doctors Hospital of Augusta is suing the state over its decision to award a license to build a hospital in Columbia County using a rare exception to the license standards.
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