Stories by Andy Miller

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Hospitals face readmission fines

ATLANTA -- Two-thirds of eligible Georgia hospitals will face Medicare fines for having too many patients return within a month for additional care, federal data show.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

State retiree provider dropping Medicare Advantage plan

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is dropping its Medicare Advantage plan for next year for retirees in the State Health Benefit Plan.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Feds critical of Augusta's Gracewood

A federal agency has warned Georgia officials that it will end Medicaid payments to an Augusta facility for the developmentally disabled unless the state improves conditions there.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Ga. to regulate school candy fund-raisers?

ATLANTA - The state Board of Education will decide whether to give schools a series of exemptions that prohibits the sale of high-calorie sweets during fundraisers.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Comedian's death shows 'anybody can become suicidal,' health expert says

The death of comedian and actor Robin Williams shows how depression can devastate even someone with worldwide fame and success, mental health experts said.
By Andy Miller

Georgia Medicaid surge leads nation

Federal figures show Georgia's Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment jumped 16 percent since October; the highest percentage increase among states that rejected the expansion.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

Georgians not breastfeeding

ATLANTA -- Georgia still lags behind the national averages on infant breastfeeding rates.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Hospitals see change, crisis

ATLANTA -- The financial turmoil rocking Georgia's hospitals shows no signs of fading.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Feds to review Ga. Medicaid backlog

ATLANTA -- A federal agency will review Medicaid eligibility and enrollment processes in Georgia and six other states due to "a substantial backlog ... "
By Andy Miller

Monday, July 14, 2014

UnitedHealthcare to be fourth company to offer insurance in state exchange next year

ATLANTA -- UnitedHealthcare is the fourth health insurer seeking to offer insurance statewide in Georgia's exchange next year.
By Andy Miller

Friday, July 11, 2014

Georgia medicaid change delayed

ATLANTA -- A state health agency Thursday delayed approval of a change in the Medicaid eligibility system for people in long-term care whose incomes are above the government program's thresholds.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Plan for new trauma center not welcomed by all

ATLANTA -- Hospital chain HCA's push to have its Augusta hospital designated as a trauma center has unsettled leaders in the state's hospital industry.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Insurers seek to join Ga. health exchange

ATLANTA ‑ UnitedHealthcare, Coventry, Cigna and Time Insurance Company have each submitted plans with the state to offer insurance in the health care exchange.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Nursing homes who owe, may lose Medicaid

ATLANTA -- Nursing homes and other medical providers that owe money to a state health agency now face a repayment timetable that could lead to their being cut off.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Transfers of disabled out of state-run hospitals into community homes still a problem

ATLANTA -- Nearly 10 percent of the 480 people with developmental disabilities moved out of state hospitals since July 2010 have died after placement in community homes.
By Andy Miller

Monday, June 23, 2014

Georgia expands doctor pipeline

DULUTH, Ga. -- The state's pipeline for new physicians is getting wider. Gwinnett Medical Center has joined a phalanx of hospitals developing programs in primary care.
By Andy Miller

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mosquito-borne virus in Georgia

ATLANTA -- A mosquito-borne disease that causes fever and severe joint pain has arrived in Georgia.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tobacco: Baseball's dangerous tradition

Baseball has been plagued by tobacco since well before Babe Ruth's time. The Babe himself, a smokeless tobacco user, died of throat cancer at age 53.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Study: Ga. Obamacare rates low

ATLANTA -- Georgia's average premium for insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange is the second-lowest among the 36 states using the federally run marketplace, according to a report ...
By Andy Miller

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sex questions still taboo on teen survey

ATLANTA -- In a CDC-sponsored survey, Georgia high school students answered questions on smoking cigarettes, wearing bicycle helmets, carrying a weapon, and trying marijuana.
By Andy Miller
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