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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...