In a notoriously tough job, Grady chief survives and thrives Hot

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Five years ago, Grady Health System in Atlanta was racking up a $27 million loss. At the time, the job of Grady CEO appeared to be one of the least secure in the health industry: As of late 2011,... Read more

Atlanta conference points to health effects of climate change – and a path forward

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An earlier version of this story was published by Seeker Events like last week’s... Read more

Warm winters fueling deadly Southeast tornadoes

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This article was originally published by Seeker, which granted GHN permission to reprint it. The... Read more
Georgia insurance chief urges loosening of ACA rules on agents’ commissions

Georgia’s insurance commissioner has urged Tom Price, the new federal health secretary, to remove agents’ commissions from rules governing how insure companies spend the premium dollars they collect.

The issue cited by Commissioner Ralph Hudgens in his letter to Price, a fellow Georgian, involves the “Medical Loss Ratio,” or MLR.

Hudgens, a fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said the health law’s current MLR rule “has dramatically reduced the commissions insurance agents receive from the sale of health insurance products.”

The ACA requires health insurers to disclose how much they spend on funding customers’ health care and how much they spend on ...

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Interim chief named Kaiser Permanente president in Georgia

Jim Simpson has been named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit organization announced Friday.

Simpson has been serving as interim president for Kaiser’s Georgia Region.

He was previously senior vice president of finance for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. Simpson also has served as vice president and controller for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Northern California.

“Jim is a proven leader who is well prepared for this role,” Bernard J. Tyson, the Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO, said in a statement Friday.

“I am confident his skill and expertise will support our Georgia Region’s positive growth trajectory and ...

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Optometrist bill advances despite physicians’ concerns

The frequent “scope of practice’’ bills in the Georgia General Assembly typically cause commotion within the medical industry, pitting health care professional groups against one another.

A recent example is legislation to let dental hygienists practice in nursing homes, school clinics and safety-net settings without a dentist being present.

In the past, the idea was fiercely opposed by many dentists and the Georgia Dental Association, which kept it from becoming law, but a compromise was reached recently on this year’s bill, and it is likely to pass.

The latest furor about medical practice has erupted over legislation to allow optometrists — who examine ...

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Piedmont to run clinics at 27 Atlanta area Walgreens locations

Piedmont Healthcare will operate 27 retail health clinics in Walgreens stores across the Atlanta area.

The transition to Piedmont management is planned for August, and the clinics will be known as Piedmont QuickCare at Walgreens.

It’s the latest move by Atlanta-based Piedmont to extend its reach across metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Last year, Piedmont acquired Athens Regional Medical Center as its seventh hospital.

Retail medical clinics — located in drugstores or other retail outlets — have spread across the country since 2000. They cater to people looking for convenient hours and accessible locations, and attract a mix of patients, both those with ...

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Georgia insurance chief urges loosening of ACA rules on agents’ commissions
Georgia’s insurance commissioner has urged Tom Price, the new federal health secretary, to remove...
Interim chief named Kaiser Permanente president in Georgia
Jim Simpson has been named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, the Oakland,...
Optometrist bill advances despite physicians’ concerns
The frequent “scope of practice’’ bills in the Georgia General Assembly typically cause commotion...
Piedmont to run clinics at 27 Atlanta area Walgreens locations
Piedmont Healthcare will operate 27 retail health clinics in Walgreens stores across the Atlanta...
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