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Reforms slow premiums but employees pay more

...Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund. Overall health care spending has also slowed during that period and some Medicare reforms are also limiting unnecessary hospitalizations and all of that could be helping, he said.In Georgia, the rate of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2015-01-07/reforms-slow-premiums-employ
Solar farms going up on Army bases this spring

...new brand to match restructuring of its business to be more "client centric." CareSouth is the 12th largest provider of Medicare-certified home health services, and it has 60 locations across the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. The rebrand will focus...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/tim-rausch/2015-01-09/solar-farms
Ga. hospice provider settles Medicare suit

...the government $581,000 to settle claims that it submitted false claims to the Medicare program for patients who weren't eligible for hospice care under Medicare regulations.Prosecutors say the settlement is the result of a whistleblower lawsuit...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-03/ga-hospice-provider-settles-
State retiree provider dropping Medicare Advantage plan

...Blue Shield of Georgia is dropping its Medicare Advantage plan for next year for retirees...coverage in effect for the current year.Medicare Advantage is a health plan offered by...contracts with the federally administered Medicare program to provide benefits. The majority...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-09-16/state-retiree-provider-dropp
Feds reduce to Ga. hospitals' funding over harm to patients

...injuries in the facilities.The new Medicare crackdown on hospital-acquired infections...penalties, which means they will have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent.The...reductions for the quarter of hospitals that Medicare judged as having the highest rates of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-12-23/feds-reduce-ga-hospitals
Georgian to head House budget panel

...would balance the budget in 10 years and call for transforming Medicare into a system that places future retirees in private health...Gingrich once did, said the so-called premium support plan for Medicare, which would provide voucher-like subsidies for seniors...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-12-12/georgian-head-house-budg
Liberals helped more

...spring, and built dams to produce electricity that helped industrialize the South. President Lyndon Johnson was the leader for Medicare, senior health care and Medicaid for the poor. These policies help the common people.Now let's take a look at some conservative...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-01-02/liberals-helped-more
University will appeal Columbia County denial

...was found to have served "by far" the highest percentage of Medicare patients and provided more charity care. In fact, one of...indigent and charity care and serves the highest percentage of Medicare, Medicaid and PeachCare patients.The department looked at...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-18/university-will-appeal-colum
Blue Cross Blue Shield is top pick for members in Georgia state health plan

...agency is hiring 37 nurses to fill those surveyor jobs, and has requested funding for eight more.The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires that nursing homes be inspected once every 15 months, Shekell said. The audit found in a sampling...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-12-13/blue-cross-blue-shield-top-p
Blue Cross state health plan favorite

...agency is hiring 37 nurses to fill those surveyor jobs, and has requested funding for eight more.The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires that nursing homes be inspected once every 15 months, Shekell said. The audit found in a sampling...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-12/blue-cross-state-health-plan