The US Justice Department is making its largest-ever restitution payment in the agency's Southern District. US Attorney Edward Tarver announced the $27 million repayment in Savannah. Tarver said the money comes from a father-and-son crime ring that defrauded federal, state and private health insurers.
An administrator of a Georgia medical center has filed a whistle-blower lawsuit claiming the facility has been overbilling government insurers. Administrative director of the John B. Amos Cancer Center, Richard Barker, alleges physicians systematically overbilled Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.
Federal prosecutors say a hospital and a radiation practice in Augusta have agreed to pay more than a million dollars to settle allegations it filed false claims. Prosecutors said Monday that Doctors Hospital of Augusta, LLC, which is owned and operated by the for-profit hospital chain, HCA Inc., and Radiation Oncology Associates, LLP, agreed to pay $1,020,000.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce held a conference Wednesday to address upcoming changes to the healthcare industry because of the Affordable Care Act. The insurance mandate included in the law will go into effect on January 1, 2014. That leaves just six months for employers and individuals to research their insurance options.
If Governor Nathan Deal’s Eggs and Issues speech Wednesday is any indication much of his State of the State address Thursday will be a mix of good and bad news. Issue one is paying for Medicaid in the Peach State. During his Wednesday address to more than 2,000 members of Georgia's business and legislative community at the Georgia World Congress Center, Governor Deal rolled out cuts to the budget of the Department of Community Health.
While the White House and Congressional Republicans continue to work on a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," union organizers are turning up the pressure on Georgia Republicans to ease up on demands for spending cuts. Specifically, workers led by the AFLCIO planned a protest Friday against Medicare and Medicaid cuts in front of Savannah Republican Jack Kingston's office in Savannah.