Category: Healthcare

Doctors & pharmacists seek to block Medicaid merger

This week’s Courier Herald column: Georgia makes few apologies about being a “business friendly” state.  In fact, it promotes the concept as the “number one state to do business” as publicly as possible.  Thus, when powerful organizations popular with Georgia’s governing majority party announce opposition to a proposed merger, it is worth some time understanding

Proposal for Rural Hospitals May/Might/Probably Will Hurt Rural Hospitals

Our U.S. Senators from Georgia issued a press release Thursday applauding a proposed rule change to ‘aid rural hospitals.’ The biggest component of the change is an increased Medicare reimbursement for some facilities, which has advocates of rural healthcare reform all kinds of hot and bothered. As someone who used to live within walking distance

GA Hospitals: A Monopoly of Monopolies

“If you want to keep your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” We now know that was “lie of the year” quality material, but the reason that remains a lie goes much deeper than Washington politics. Many of the reasons are rooted right here at home, with a well funded group of established “non-profits” doing

Health Care Reform Remains Work In Progress

This week’s Courier Herald column: Reform of Georgia’s healthcare system stalled last week when the Georgia House voted down the most sweeping reforms to Georgia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws in decades.  Certificates of Need are essentially state issued monopoly grants that allow hospitals and some other health care providers to operate in a given

Lucy McBath’s Election Brings Hope and Strategy to the Dems

Congratulations to Representative-elect Lucy McBath of Georgia’s 6th District.  The 6th District garnered national attention during the special election between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff.  The hotly contested battle was one of the first “test” to the Trump election.  Millions of dollars poured into the district as the massive campaign began.  Democrats around the Nation

$60 Million Lifeline Cast To Georgia’s Rural Hospitals

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston issued a joint statement announcing that Georgia’s Rural Hospital tax credit reached its full donation cap for the first time ever.  This means that $60 million will be directed to 58 of Georgia’s most distressed rural hospitals.  The efforts of former state Representative Geoff Duncan

How Safe is Your Hospital?

Most of the time, I find ratings silly. However, one that I like to pay attention to is the Leapfrog Group’s semi-annual survey on hospital safety. In order to get an A rating from Leapfrog, hospitals are reviewed in 27 areas, including physician staffing in intensive care units, proper hygienic methods (think hand washing and