Member News & Highlights

The Longstreet Clinic: Dr. Grunch is one of ’29 Women in Spine and Neurosurgery to Know’

October 17, 2013 | Member News

IndDoc responds to proposed settlement agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System in letter to FTC

September 30, 2013 | Press Release

The Independent Doctors of Georgia (IndDoc), along with several other independent physician groups, submitted a letter, available here, to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to voice concerns regarding the proposed settlement agreement with the Phoebe Putney Health System. The letter was submitted as part of the proposed agreement’s public comment period, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent order final.

TLC welcomes neurosurgeon back home to Gainesville

August 12, 2013 | Member News

The Gainesville native was just 13 when her life took an unexpected turn. Grunch’s mother, a Hall County Sheriff’s deputy, was critically injured in the line of duty. The accident damaged her mother’s C4 vertebrae, leaving her a quadrapalegic and unable to control her arms or legs.

The Longstreet Clinic welcomes new vascular surgeon Annambhotla

August 6, 2013 | Member News

Vascular & Vein Specialists at The Longstreet Clinic is pleased to welcome its newest vascular surgeon, Suman Annambhotla, M.D. He joins the practice of C. Dan Procter, M.D., FACS, and Dev Mangalat, M.D., FACS, who have more than 32 years of combined vascular surgery experience.

SouthCoast Imaging Center Announces the Addition of 3D Mammography at OB/GYN Practice

August 1, 2013 | Member News

SouthCoast Imaging Center, one of the first women’s centers in Georgia to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis), has recently added this life saving technology to the services offered at SouthCoast’s OB/GYN Associates of Savannah at 5353 Reynolds Street. 3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping breast tissue.

As hospitals buy physician practices, costs rise, Medicare report finds

June 23, 2013 | Featured Article

As they buy up physician practices, hospitals promise to streamline patient care and cut costs. But just the opposite is happening, warns a federal Medicare advisory panel. The same services cost the government’s Medicare program much more when performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital, rather than at a doctor’s office.

Medicare Panel Urges Cuts to Hospital Payments for Services Doctors Offer for Less

June 14, 2013 | Featured Article

A federal advisory panel said Friday that Congress should move immediately to cut payments to hospitals for many services that can be provided at much lower cost in doctors’ offices.

Center for Pediatrics’ five locations are now Patient-Centered Medical Homes

May 2, 2013 | Member News

The Longstreet Clinic, P.C., is pleased to announce its Center for Pediatrics locations Baldwin, Braselton, Buford and Oakwood have been certified as Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Programs by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). They join the Gainesville location, which was certified earlier this year.

U.S. Files Complaint Against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. for Allegedly Paying Kickbacks to Doctors in Exchange for Prescribing Its Drugs

April 26, 2013 | Featured Article

The Justice Department announced today that the United States has filed a second civil false claims lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. involving alleged kickbacks paid by the company to health care providers. The government’s complaint seeks damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act and under the common law for paying kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe Novartis pharmaceutical products that were reimbursed by federal health care programs. The lawsuit alleges that the payments violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and, as a result of Novartis’s unlawful conduct, the government paid false claims for reimbursement …

Hospitals Are Going On A Doctor Buying Binge, And It Is Likely To End Badly

March 15, 2013 | Featured Article

I have an Op Ed in today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal documenting the consolidation that is underway among individual providers, and the implications of this trend.
Doctor practices are being acquired at a rapid clip. While some physicians are choosing to sell their practices to integrated delivery systems that are provider led, the majority of doctors are selling their practices to hospitals.

The Doctor Won’t See You Now. He’s Clocked Out

March 14, 2013 | Featured Article

Big government likes big providers. That’s why ObamaCare is gradually making the local doctor-owned medical practice a relic. In the not too distant future, most physicians will be hourly wage earners, likely employed by a hospital chain.
Why? Because when doctors practice in small offices, it is hard for Washington to regulate what they do. There are too many of them, and the government is too remote. It is far easier for federal agencies to regulate physicians if they work for big hospitals. So ObamaCare shifts money to favor the delivery of outpatient care through hospital-owned networks.

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

March 4, 2013 | Featured Article

When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years.

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