A state health agency board gave initial approval Thursday to offering care coordination services to 450,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who have disabilities or are elderly. The proposal for the “aged, blind and disabled’’ population comes as part of the state’s move to improve care and reduce spending. Officials also announced that Georgia primary care physicians are scheduled to start receiving a pay hike for Medicaid services Nov. 1.
The state agency in charge of health care for more than 2 million Georgians continued its administrative shake-up with the announcement Monday of a new head of the state employee health plan. The employee plan has been at the center of controversy in recent months.
In an unexpected move, a state agency’s board has rejected a proposal to offer an HMO option to state employees in seven metro Atlanta counties. The 6-3 vote Thursday by the Department of Community Health board reflected opposition to offering a choice of health plans in metro Atlanta but not in other areas of the state.
Georgia health officials have decided to ban coverage of abortions in nearly all instances for those enrolled in the state employee health insurance plan. Thursday's decision by the board of the Department of Community Health means the policy will bypass state lawmakers who didn't take action on similar legislation earlier this year.
Gov. Nathan Deal has nominated Clyde Reese to serve as commissioner of the Department of Community Health. Deal announced the nomination Thursday, which is subject to approval by the department's board. Reese is currently commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
Georgia health officials are hoping to improve care — and save money — by steering pregnant women and doctors away from some early deliveries. State officials are doing this by eliminating Medicaid payments for elective C-sections and induced deliveries before 39 weeks.
The Georgia Department of Community Health has awarded a total of $1.1 million to 16 community organizations through the Georgia Access, Care, Treatment and Services Breast Cancer Grant Program. Officials say they're trying to improve breast cancer services for the state's uninsured population.
Emory Hospital has sent letters to nearly 700 people that may have been exposed to tuberculosis. Emory spokesman Lance Skelly says the hospital is alerting only patients that had contact with an infected employee over five months beginning last November.