Health Care Finance

Established in 1965, Medicare is available to most people beginning at age 65 and to those with end-stage renal (kidney) disease or total disability. Medicare is an entirely federally funded program. It is overseen at the federal level by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is administered through contractors known as Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). The MAC for Georgia, effective March 1, 2008, is Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC and is located in Birmingham, Ala.

Medicare in reference to Disproportionate Share Hospital Programs.

Medicare Advantage Plans
GHA, in conjunction with other state hospital associations through the Multi-State Managed Care Coalition, has advocated for greater oversight of the Medicare Advantage plans by CMS. We have provided a list of issues that our hospitals have experienced in dealing with Medicare Advantage plans and requested CMS's assistance in requiring the plans to resolve these issues.