In the name of transparency, we ask National EMS to release its full data from the 31,055 calls that exceeded the response time standard between 2014 and 2017. We are asking for an open audit of these calls, to include the nature of the 911 emergency, the zone in which […]

A4E Requests Audit of National EMS Response Times

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It’s time to tell our local hospitals we want reliable emergency medical services! If you’ve been following our stories, you know that 911 emergency medical services in Athens and Oconee County are provided by National EMS, a private, for-profit company. Adding a profit motive to this vital public service can […]

Action Alert: We’re Worried About For-Profit 911 EMS

For the first time, we are releasing the raw data showing that National EMS consistently fails to meet its contractually-required response-time standards. We hope to provide additional transparency and to clear up some confusion about what these numbers mean. For analysis of the data and the bigger picture, check out […]

A4E Releases Raw EMS Response Time Data

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For years, National EMS (the private, for-profit company that runs ambulance service for Athens-area hospitals) has steadfastly refused to release raw response time data. Now we may know why. National EMS consistently fails to meet the required response times. Its contract guarantees that the company will meet the national standard […]

National EMS Consistently Fails to Meet Response Time Requirements

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“When every second counts, you can count on Piedmont” reads the Emergency Services page on Piedmont Healthcare’s website. The same page on the website of St. Mary’s Hospital, also in Athens, promises “faster emergency care, by design.” But how can these hospitals make good on their promises when patients don’t […]

Does Every Second Count? For-Profit Ambulance Service Creates Problems

With the failure of Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to reach an agreement by March 31, the time seemed right to post this blog entry from A4E member Tom Weiner, which argues for Medicare for All. (Note: Rep. Deborah Gonzalez introduced a Medicare for All bill […]

Angry About Your Healthcare? Medicare for All Might Help

Save My Care! Rally to be held on February 20 at Liberty Plaza in Atlanta Buses will depart from Athens to the event, sign up here for a seat on the bus. With Congress taking steps to strip access to health care from 30 million Americans, it’s never been more […]

Demand Healthcare Access be Expanded Not Cut!

Athens for Everyone held a forum on healthcare policy on October 8, 2016.  Topics included hospital consolidation, medicaid expansion, mental healthcare access and generally how healthcare policy impacts patients in Northeast Georgia. Panelists included Whitney Griggs, Outreach and Engagement Manager with Georgians for a Healthy Future; Dr. Charles Peck, CEO […]

Healthcare Policy Summit [VIDEO]

Just last month the ACC Commission unanimously approved a deal for Piedmont Heathcare to take over Athens Regional. As the last details of the deal are settled, it has come to light that Piedmont Healthcare’s “network agreement” with health insurance giant UnitedHeathCare will expire on June 30 of this year. […]

Athens Regional May Drop UnitedHealthCare Insurance From Network