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Georgia rates better on emergency preparedness, but still has room for improvement
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Facing heat from governor, Blue Cross and Piedmont settle dispute
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Georgia rates better on emergency preparedness, but still has room for improvement

Georgia’s preparedness for managing health emergencies is improving but still lags behind the national average, according to a newly released report.

The state scored a 6.8 on a 10-point scale for preparedness, in an index that shows the ability to protect Americans’ health from incidents such as newly emerging infectious diseases; an increase in resistance to antibiotics; terrorism; and extreme weather conditions.

The 2018 National Health Security Preparedness  Index, released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found the nation’s overall preparedness had improved.  The highest state, Maryland, received an 8.0 score. The national average was 7.1.

The index analyzes 140 measures — such ...

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Facing heat from governor, Blue Cross and Piedmont settle dispute

The pressure from Gov. Nathan Deal evidently worked.

Deal announced Tuesday afternoon that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare had reached a “handshake” agreement on a new contract. The accord thus met his deadline of close of business Tuesday, after which the state would have been forced, in his words, “to initiate executive action.”

“This deal ensures no interruption of coverage for Georgians using Piedmont Healthcare as a provider during the contract dispute,’’ the governor said in a Tweet.

On Monday, Deal met with leaders of Piedmont and Blue Cross and gave them the Tuesday deadline to end their dispute. The warning reflected the ...

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Deal tells health care giants to settle dispute or face state ‘action’

Gov. Nathan Deal has given Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia a deadline to resolve their contract dispute.

Deal said in a tweet Monday morning that he has asked the two sides to come to an agreement by close of business Tuesday, or else the state “will be forced to initiate executive action.’’

The warning represents an unprecedented level of involvement by a Georgia governor in a hospital/insurer contract dispute, experts say. Leaders of Blue Cross and Piedmont met with Deal early Monday morning to explain the remaining differences to reaching a new contract.

The former contract expired April 1 after weeks of fruitless ...

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Gov. Deal sets meeting with Blue Cross, Piedmont as contract obstacles remain

State health officials said Thursday that they believe Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare — which are deadlocked without a new contract — have moved closer to agreement on reimbursement rates.

But Department of Community Health leaders say other issues have emerged as important obstacles to striking a deal. The health officials did not identify the remaining issues to resolve.

The state has a big interest in the negotiations. More than 570,000 state and University System employees and family members have Blue Cross as their insurer, and many of them go to Piedmont physicians and facilities.

Blue Cross and Piedmont officials ...

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