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Georgia has nation’s longest waiting list for HIV drugs

January 25, 2012 --

Georgia has the longest waiting list in the nation — 1,348 — for people with HIV to get government drug assistance. Most of those on the waiting list are getting help from pharmaceutical company’s low-income assistance programs, one advocate said, but “there are a lot of concerns that people are falling through the cracks.’’

Feds find Ga.’s insurance reviews lacking

October 12, 2011 --

From Georgia Health News: Georgia doesn’t meet federal requirements on consumers’ ability to get a third-party review of their appeals against an insurer’s coverage decisions. That may mean Georgia by 2012 will have to contract with an independent review organization to handle consumer complaints or with the feds to oversee the process.

High CEO pay common at Ga. hospitals

September 6, 2011 --

Concerns over hospital executive pay arose again recently when Reynold J. Jennings, WellStar Health System’s new CEO, received a contract with a base salary of $975,000. But that paycheck doesn’t even rank among the top 10 at non-profit hospitals in Georgia. Published reports show 14 other hospital CEOs earning seven-figure compensation.

Appeals court blocks Albany hospital merger

July 7, 2011 --

A federal appeals court has granted a Federal Trade Commission request to temporarily halt the sale of an Albany hospital. In April, the FTC alleged that Phoebe Putney Health System’s purchase of Palmyra Medical Center would raise health care costs and that the deal had been structured to avoid anti-trust scrutiny.

Deal vetoes bill barring Medicaid audit contractors

May 19, 2011 --

Gov. Nathan Deal this week vetoed a bill that would have barred the state from paying a contingency fee to a contractor to recover Medicaid overpayments. Doctors’ groups had resisted paying auditors on a contingency basis as “perverse” and “burdensome,” but Deal said the state needs every tool available to identify Medicaid fraud.

State HIV funds sought as waiting list grows

State HIV funds sought as waiting list grows
March 24, 2011 --

The state’s waiting list for people with HIV to get government drug assistance is steadily growing — intensifying concerns that patients won’t get needed medications. More than 1,100 Georgians are on the waiting list — the second-longest in the country behind Florida’s. The program, which needs about $5 million more in state money, instead faces a $600,000 budget cut.

Ex-hospital CEO convicted of Medicaid fraud to fund $6M parachute

Ex-hospital CEO convicted of Medicaid fraud to fund $6M parachute
December 9, 2010 --

Former Thomasville hospital CEO Ken Beverly was convicted of Medicaid fraud on Wednesday, two years after he cashed out with a $6.3 million retirement package. The feds charged Beverly and the hospital’s ex-CFO fabricated records so Archbold could collect more Medicaid money. In doing so, a federal prosecutor said, large pensions were “first and foremost on their minds.”

Ga. Public Health let $12M go uncollected from insurers

November 19, 2010 --

Georgia didn’t collect at least $12 million from three insurers for vaccines for children insured in government health programs, Georgia Health News reports. Peach State Health Plan, WellCare and Amerigroup accumulated the debts between January 2007 and early to mid-2009 and still owed the money as recently as two months ago. The debts accrued as […]

James Gardner, CEO, Northeast Ga. Medical Center: $1,279,387

March 11, 2010 --

Gardner earned $821,619 in salary in fiscal year 2008, plus a benefit package worth $457,768, according to tax records for Northeast Georgia Health Systems, which owns the Gainesville medical center. That’s 35 times what the average Hall County resident earned.