Thanksgiving makes me think of my wonderful family and friends.
Being thankful for them, and for all GHN colleagues, readers and supporters.
It’s also a time for many Georgians to think about safety when it comes to cooking.
That means those of us who break out the turkey-frying equipment need to take extra care about safety. Georgia ranks seventh in the nation in Thanksgiving Day cooking fires, as Jim Thompson of the Athens Banner-Herald points out.
His article gives tips for holiday cooks on how to fry a turkey safely. Here’s the link.
And Happy Thanksgiving!
Law enforcement officers in the South made 445,928 drug arrests in 2014.
Georgia is keeping pace with its neighbors, with more than 42,000 drug arrests in that period, but it’s taking a markedly more compassionate stance than neighboring states when the drug user is a pregnant woman.
The court-appointed special advocates for children program’s building in Athens-Oconee.
Four years ago, Georgia lawmakers rejected a bill that would have made it possible to file criminal charges against pregnant women who used drugs and later miscarried.
Women’s rights advocates said the bill’s vague wording that criminalized “human involvement” of any sort in miscarriages was a step toward establishing more fetal rights in Georgia law. Fetal rights are a controversial subject that go beyond disputes over abortion. (Some states, for instance, file feticide charges when an attack on a pregnant woman causes an end to her pregnancy, while other states do not.) full story
Mayo Clinic’s startling decision to pull out of its “integration agreement’’ with Satilla Health Services has left the South Georgia hospital with an uncertain future.
Officials with Mayo’s Florida operation said Friday that they ended the deal with Satilla in Waycross to focus on expanding specialty care for people with complex medical needs.
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville
Mayo said it will concentrate on building relationships with other providers through affiliation models, rather than acquisitions.
The Mayo pullout will return Satilla Regional Medical Center to the status of a standalone hospital at the very time when consolidation of health care facilities is accelerating, propelled partly by changes created under the Affordable Care Act. full story
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will again have a dominant share of members and dependents in Georgia’s state employee and teacher health plan in 2016.
The state’s largest health insurer will serve more than 75 percent of State Health Benefit Plan members next year with its various health plans.
This year, Blue Cross also served three in four members.
The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) covers more than 630,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents. full story
Nov. 19 is National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the “can do” spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honor the unselfish, community-minded determination of our rural healthcare providers. This day is also an opportunity to focus on these communities and the unique challenges they face – finding ways to take care of their own, dealing with hospital and clinic closures, a dwindling healthcare workforce, and declining revenues.
And despite challenges in rural infrastructure, poverty, unemployment, education, transportation, and a changing demography, those who deliver rural healthcare in our state demonstrate what is possible through collaboration, professional dedication, entrepreneurship, and volunteerism. Georgia’s rural healthcare workforce has become the great equalizer when facing the persistent inequities in health that penalize rural Georgians. Every day, their heroic efforts demonstrate the delicate relationship between the health of one and health of all.
At Healthcare Georgia Foundation, we firmly believe that one’s health should not be determined by the person’s place of residence or ZIP code. Rural Georgians, on average, are older, sicker, and poorer than urban residents and find themselves each day relying on a severely compromised healthcare system. If ignored, Georgia’s healthcare delivery system is at risk of collapsing on the shoulders of frail rural communities. full story