Georgians on the hook for failure of long-term care insurance firm

7:00 am Mar. 21, 2017

A massive insurance company failure could cost Georgia millions of dollars. What’s more, some of the 2,000 Georgia residents who purchased long-term care insurance from the company could eventually be left without enough money to pay nursing home bills.

Penn Treaty Network Insurance Company and its subsidiary American Network Insurance Company are short nearly $4 billion needed to cover promised long-term care insurance benefits to policyholders nationwide. Plans to salvage

Fulton jury awards $45 million in medical malpractice case

8:50 am Feb. 28, 2017

Negligent care by two obstetricians led to a new mother suffering severe brain damage and a heart attack, a Fulton County jury decided earlier this month in awarding more than $45 million in a malpractice case.

Shannon Trabue had given birth three days earlier at Northside Hospital when she suffered a heart attack while undergoing x-rays, according to Courtroom View Network reports. Hospital staff resuscitated her, but her attorneys

Lawsuits accuse medical companies of exploiting diabetic and kidney patients

4:01 pm Feb. 23, 2017

Medical companies schemed to take advantage of patients’ chronic illnesses to pump up profits, according to two unrelated lawsuits filed on behalf of Georgians.

One suit, filed by a retirement fund for Georgia law enforcement officers, accuses DaVita of targeting low-income and elderly kidney dialysis patients in a strategy to boost stock prices.

It worked like this, the suit says: DaVita steered Medicare and Medicaid patients to private insurance by telling them

Medical boards mum about allegations involving ex-Georgia ob/gyn charged with sex assault

9:42 am Feb. 16, 2017

Georgia hospitals offered no public explanations when obstetrician Paul Harnetty apparently lost his privileges in 2010, news reports show. His medical group had nothing to say, either, other than that he was “disassociated” from it, the Macon Telegraph reported at the time.

Mum was the word from the Georgia Composite Medical Board, too. It took no public disciplinary action against Harnetty after about a dozen of his patients from the

Atlanta VA fails to conduct criminal checks on employees

7:30 am Feb. 3, 2017

The Atlanta VA Medical Center failed its obligation to complete timely background checks and drug tests for hundreds of new employees,The investigation by the VA’s Office of Inspector General does not directly address whether the