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.
Four APS superintendents removed in cheating fallout Three woman raped after DeKalb police missed critical lead Deal rakes in cash from health care, lobbyists Airline fined over disabled rules
Joe Frank Harris served on the boards of both AFLAC and the state University System while the two were negotiating to let the insurer sell policies on campus. Lasa Joiner lobbied for health care interests while chairing the state Board of Human Resources. And Kenneth Cronan, while sitting on a board regulating auto parts dealers, […]
Many metro Atlanta hospitals should do more to improve access to health care for the low-income and uninsured, a new study has concluded. The hospitals mark up costs by as much as 700 percent. Some barely meet state standards for providing free medical care. And only half post legally required signs to let uninsured patients know about financial-aid programs.
North Carolina’s Roy Cooper joined Georgia’s Thurbert Baker today as two of the few attorneys general who’ve chosen not to sue the feds over Obamacare. Cooper said Congress probably acted within its authority in enacting health care legislation. He noted several benefits of the new law and said the courts are the wrong place to decide health care policy.
Georgia’s GOP governor, senators want health care deal investigation
Two Marietta chiropractors allegedly tried to scam insurers for $11 million by billing for physical therapy when they actually were providing massages and other services. Andrew Sokol, 41, and his wife, Julie Weisberg, 35, were arraigned on fraud charges today in federal court. The couple’s WellnessOne clinics allegedly drummed up business by waiving co-pays and giving patients gift cards, frozen turkeys, gift bags and catered lunches. All this resulted in “the patients being compensated … while paying nothing for the massages and chiropractic adjustments they received.”
Federal investigators looked into charges of substandard care and possibly preventable deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, according to a recent report, but could not substantiate the allegations. Investigators confirmed some of the alleged incidents, the report said, but could not establish that poor medical care was a factor.