Healthcare Policy Summit [VIDEO]


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.

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Panelists included Whitney Griggs, Outreach and Engagement Manager with Georgians for a Healthy Future; Dr. Charles Peck, CEO of Piedmont-Athens Regional; Spencer Frye, State Representative; and OJ Booker, CEO of Advantage Behavioral Health 0:00 – 3:33
Intro

3:34 – 10:18
Q: What new developments in healthcare access are you excited about?
A: Medicaid expansion / 1113 waivers; Increased investment in mental health, accountability courts

10:19 – 16:07
Discussion on the merger of Athens Regional and Piedmont

16:08 – 23:03
Q: What is the biggest need or concern you have regarding healthcare access in Georgia?
A: Lack of healthcare workforce including psychiatrists, lack of investment in child / adolescent behavioral health, rural hospital closings

23:04 – 24:15
Discussion about Advantage Behavioral’s candlelight vigil for mental health awareness

24:16 – 35:14
Discussion about hospital and insurance company consolidation, including United Healthcare

35:15 – 38:27
Q: Prospects for Medicaid expansion in 2017

38:28 – 49:50
Q: Advantage Behavioral Health’s new facility

49:51 – end
Audience question about the stigma of mental illness and about privatized ambulances

(This video contains some gaps and one brief duplicate section, our apologies.)

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