Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Five things to know about the Atlanta area’s opioid epidemic
 A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...

Posted: 15 days ago

A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...
Opioids feed surge in Atlanta region’s fatal overdoses
 Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...

Posted: 20 days ago

Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...
E. coli outbreak reaches Georgia, strikes metro Atlanta teen
 A national E. coli outbreak has reached Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health announced. The DPH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Thursday that a metro Atlanta teenager was hospitalized with the bacteria. He or she is among 98 Americans sickened so far in the outbreak, traced to romaine lettuce...

Posted: 25 days ago

A national E. coli outbreak has reached Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health announced. The DPH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Thursday that a metro Atlanta teenager was hospitalized with the bacteria. He or she is among 98 Americans sickened so far in the outbreak, traced to romaine lettuce...
Blue Cross and Piedmont have a 'handshake deal,' Gov. Deal says
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...

9:15 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont have a ‘handshake deal’
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...

9:09 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...
Hospital thought it had answer for rural struggles. Now it’s in peril.
 On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018

On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...
Talks resume in Blue Cross-Piedmont Healthcare contract break
 It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...

10:53 PM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...
Final count: 2018 Georgia Obamacare enrollment dip less than expected
 The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...
State will help cover workers’ extra costs in Piedmont-Blue Cross spat
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...

11:21 PM Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2018

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...
Healthcare standoff leaves 500,000 patients in limbo


Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors.

11:32 PM Sunday, Apr. 01, 2018

Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors.
Blue Cross Georgia-Piedmont Healthcare dispute grows grim
 Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...

11:10 PM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...