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    April 29, 2010
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Views conflict on medical suits
The Chattanooga Times Free Press    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Dalton, Ga., physician who lobbied to pass medical malpractice reform in 2005 is disappointed by the Georgia Supreme Court ruling that overturned the law. "We've really put ourselves back to where we may be facing a physician shortage as time goes on and Georgia will be a less hospitable place for people to come and practice medicine," said Dr. John Antalis of Dalton Family Medicine. More

60,000 Medicare petition signatures and counting...
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Congress just passed the most far-reaching health reform legislation in decades. Unfortunately, lawmakers failed to address the Medicare funding mechanism for physicians. That's why the Medical Association of Georgia is promoting a nationwide grassroots campaign to collect one million signatures from patients and physicians that's calling for a fair and stable Medicare physician payment formula -- one that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice. More

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Health care cost increase is projected for new law
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A government analysis of the new health care law says it will not slow the overall growth of health spending because the expansion of insurance and services to 34 million people will offset cost reductions in Medicare and other programs. More

AstraZeneca to pay Ga. $11 million in settlement
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Attorney General Thurbert Baker announced that Georgia has joined with other states and the federal government and reached an agreement in principle with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, to settle allegations that AstraZeneca engaged in an off-label marketing campaign that improperly promoted the antipsychotic drug, Seroquel. More

Physicians claim doc rating system is misleading patients
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A coalition of 35,000 California physicians angrily withdrew its participation from Blue Shield's new "Blue Ribbon" rating system saying it will harm the reputations of good practitioners by giving patients misleading and faulty data about their care. More

Pickup seat belt law passes in Georgia
The Chattanooga Times Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After years of delay, a bill that would require pickup truck drivers to wear seat belts passed the Legislature and will go to the governor to sign into law. "I am thankful we could all work together to ensure the passage of legislation that will prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries while saving money," said Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, who sponsored the bill. Dr. Thomas, a physician, is leaving the Legislature at the end of his term to tend to his medical practice. More

Bina: Filling Georgia's 'doctor gap'
The Savannah Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A month after President Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how it will affect them. Experts warn there won't be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured under the law. More

Sebelius: Insurers to meet health requirement early
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The nation's two largest health insurers say they will start early to meet a requirement of the new health law: Letting young adults remain on their parents' health plans until age 26. That means potentially hundreds of thousands of students graduating college this spring won't face a several month coverage gap. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her department reached out to see if insurers would move quickly on the issue. More

Ga. DCH lawyer promoted to agency chief
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The Georgia Department of Community Health's lawyer is moving up to head the state agency with jurisdiction over Medicaid, PeachCare and the State Health Benefit Plan. Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that he is promoting Clyde Reese, now serving as chief counsel, to commissioner of the DCH. More

Home care yields Medicare bounty
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Home health care -- treating sick patients in their homes rather than paying for costly hospitalizations -- is the fastest growing area of the health care industry, aimed at saving billions of dollars every year. But an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of Medicare payments to home health care companies in recent years raises questions about whether some companies -- including the sector's largest, Amedisys Inc. -- are taking advantage of the Medicare reimbursement system. More

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Exclusive: WellPoint routinely targets breast cancer patients
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One after another, shortly after a diagnosis of breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. First there was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. Later, Robin Beaton, a registered nurse from Texas. And then, most recently, there was Patricia Relling, a successful art gallery owner and interior designer from Louisville, Ky. More

Data aids Medicaid detectives
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State investigators are collecting millions more dollars each year as they catch more Medicaid fraud and mistakes, but it's not always in the way you might think. They still employ old-fashioned methods straight out of detective novels -- from chasing down leads from tipsters to hanging out with local police to wearing out shoe leather to root out crime. More

States warn of 'Obamacare' scams
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In Illinois, a telemarketer recently sold an elderly woman a fraudulent health insurance plan that supposedly protected her against "death panels," the state insurance director says. In Alabama, a con artist has been offering "government health care reform" insurance over the phone in exchange for customers' bank account numbers, according to the local Better Business Bureau. More

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