A South Georgia hospital has been ranked as the most financially stressed among 49 rural hospitals eligible for a new state tax credit program.
State officials, after reviewing facility financials, have ranked Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla as the neediest among eligible rural hospitals.
The program, created during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, allows tax credits to individuals and corporations that donate to struggling rural hospitals.
The credits aim to help shore up rural health care, which has been under increasing financial pressure in the state.
Since the beginning of 2013, five rural Georgia hospitals have closed, and many others are ...
Among Republican ideas to transform the health care system is a proposal to allow health insurers to sell their policies across state lines.
President-elect Donald Trump and Tom Price, the Georgia congressman picked by Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, have backed the proposal. They and other advocates see it as a way to boost competition. The interstate sales idea is part of a general GOP blueprint to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.
In Georgia, the interstate sale of health insurance has already had a five-year tryout.
The state Legislature in 2011 passed a bill ...
As the number of foster children in Georgia soars, a state agency continues to struggle with a high turnover rate among the caseworkers who help these kids.
Georgia DFCS assigns each foster child a caseworker, and the agency says the annual turnover rate for these workers is about 37 percent. DFCS is recruiting now to fill about 170 positions for child welfare case managers.
The turnover rate among the caseworkers, says a DFCS spokeswoman, comes from several factors, including the departure of many for jobs with less stress and better pay. The starting salary for a child welfare case manager is $28,005.
Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average in 2014, newly released figures show.
And the county — which contains most of the city of Atlanta as well as some of Georgia’s most affluent suburbs — had a higher rate of HIV diagnoses than all but one of 28 large cities studied, according to statistics released this week by the Big Cities Health Coalition project.
Fulton’s data were used because the county, not the city, collects the area’s health information, which is processed by researchers so it’s comparable between jurisdictions.
The county performed better than the national ...