Elderly may be blocked from suing nursing homes for neglect, abuse

6:45 am Aug. 9, 2017

The Roswell woman’s plea was hand-written. Please, she wrote to federal officials, ban mandatory binding arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.

The woman wrote that she wanted to file a lawsuit after her husband died in January in a skilled nursing facility. “He died from sepsis caused by a bedsore that was discovered too late and then improperly managed,” her letter says.

But an attorney she consulted told her she couldn’t have

Auto insurance: Which Georgia companies hiked your bill the most?

5:30 am Jul. 25, 2017

Georgia led the nation in 2016 for increases in auto insurance rates.

But which insurers hit their customers the hardest?

The AJC scoured the rate filings at the Georgia insurance commissioner’s office to study how rates have changed and to find out which companies were imposing the biggest — and smallest — increases.

AllState took the cake with an average 25 percent increase imposed on many of its customers last year. AllState

$2.4 million settlement ends Atlanta hospice lawsuit

2:50 pm Jul. 6, 2017

Another hospice serving Georgia patients has agreed to a multi-million-dollar settlement as a result of a lawsuit filed by whistleblowers.

In the latest case, Compassionate Care Hospice Group agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiary, Compassionate Care of Atlanta, paid kickbacks to five physicians to get them to refer patients and certify them as eligible for hospice services. The company then billed Medicare and Medicaid for

Foreigners own 1 million+ acres of Georgia ag land

9:48 am Jul. 4, 2017

Georgia is among nine states where foreign interests own more than 1 million acres of land deemed agricultural, But the report also lists land owned by French mining company Imery’s. Imery’s Clays, Imery’s Kaolin and