GA 'bed tax' plan: practical solution or cop-out?
A proposal backed by Gov. Nathan Deal that would allow a state health department to levy hospital fees to shore up Medicaid funds insulates lawmakers from having to directly hike taxes. But it also shifts that burden squarely to the governor's executive branch. Deal appoints the nine-member board of the Department of Community Health, which under his proposal would shoulder the responsibility of levying the so-called "bed tax." While sparing lawmakers from being branded as tax-hikers, the shift could focus the anger of anti-tax partisans toward Deal as he prepares for a re-election bid.
- Drug Pricing 'Tantamount to Greed,' Lawmaker Says
- Surgical Checklists Unused in 10% of Hospitals, CMS Data Shows
- Study Puts Spotlight on Preventing Fall-Related Injuries
- CVS Ramps Up Retail Clinics with Provider Affiliations
- The Infection-Busting Treatment Payers Don’t Want to Talk About
- Wanted: Nurse PhDs
- 4 Tectonic Shifts Shaking Up Healthcare
- Contradictory Obamacare Rulings Issued by Appellate Courts
- Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement
- As HIPAA Breaches Accelerate, Tools Lag