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.’’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every two years, U.S. high school students answer questions in a CDC-sponsored survey that helps guide policy on sex education and teen pregnancy. But not in Georgia. The omission impedes public health officials trying to lower some of the nation’s highest teen-pregnancy rates, says advocate Michele Ozumba. It’s “a huge gap,” she says. “To do effective prevention, you have to have solid information.”
Julia Wallace, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, today announced names of 74 newsroom employees who will take a voluntary buyout. Each will receive two weeks’ pay for every year of service, with a maximum of 52 weeks. There are many award-winning photographers and writers here. They include Gayle White, Jim Auchmutey, Andy Miller, Louie Favorite, […]