Georgia task force to tackle healthcare costs, price transparency

Georgia has launched a task force to identify improvements than can be made to address healthcare cost and access issues, state Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced.

Mr. Duncan's office said Aug. 28 that the task force will look at "price transparency and other free market solutions; data and technology utilization; and employer innovation."

Mr. Duncan will chair the group. Other task force members include:

  • Georgia Sens. Dean Burke, MD, Gloria Butler, Jack Hill, Kay Kirkpatrick, MD, and Ben Watson, MD
  • Ryan Loke, special projects coordinator with the governor's office
  • Barbara Barrett, director of human resources and benefits at Langdale Industries
  • Lance Boles, PharmD, Hartwell Drugs
  • Jon Duke, MD, director of health informatics at Georgia Tech
  • Gregory Esper, MD, associate CMO of Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare
  • Clark Howard, consumer advocate
  • Toni P. Miles, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Georgia
  • Debra Stokes, executive director of the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University
  • Carie Summers, CFO and senior vice president of the Georgia Hospital Association
  • Jesse Weathington, Georgia director of Total Spectrum 

The task force will meet three times before the state legislative session begins in January.


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