Old attitudes still cast shadow over fight against HIV

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A little-known star of hospital safety in Georgia Hot

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Doctor’s Column: A little ‘media’ goes a long way

How much “screen time’’ should a young child get?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for parents on use of media (TVs, computers, smartphones) by infants and toddlers.

In a new GHN Doctor’s Column, Dr. David Jones, chief of pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, writes that media use can be damaging for young children. “Excessive television viewing during early childhood years continues to be associated with developmental delays,’’ Jones says.

Here’s a link to Jones’ Doctor’s Column.

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Blue Cross signals it’s sticking with Georgia exchange for ’18

Some of the uncertainty over Georgia’s health insurance exchange lifted this week with the state’s biggest insurer filing proposed rates for the 2018 marketplace.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia said Friday it was filing rates for all regions of the state.

Blue Cross’ parent company, Anthem, had recently indicated that it was leaning toward exiting a high number of regions in the nation next year, according to a research report.

If that had included Georgia, it could have created a vacuum in many areas. This year, Blue Cross is the only exchange health insurer in 96 of the 159 counties.

The state’s Department ...

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Maverick on CON laws quits board of hospital association

The continual combat over the state’s health facility licensure program has claimed another casualty.

This time, it involves a board member of the state’s biggest hospital organization.

Jim Davis, CEO of University Health Care System in Augusta, has resigned his post as chairman-elect and board member of the Georgia Hospital Association. Davis cited the conflict between his strong opposition to the certificate of need (CON) program for health care licenses and the hospital industry’s firm embrace of the status quo.

CON governs hospital and health care construction, projects and service expansions in the state. Those regulations foster legislative battles that flare annually at ...

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Top malpractice insurer in Ga. seeks to change company structure

Georgia’s largest medical malpractice insurer aims to convert from a “mutual’’ company to a stock company, according to filings with the state insurance department.

Atlanta-based MAG Mutual is a leading carrier in the Southeast for physician coverage, and has about half of the medical malpractice insurance market in Georgia.

Mutual companies are owned by policyholders. The proposed reorganization, if approved by policyholders and state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, would create a new mutual holding company. That entity would then form an “intermediate” holding company, which would own a converted stock insurance company.

Policyholders would own the mutual holding company but would not receive ...

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Doctor’s Column: A little ‘media’ goes a long way
How much “screen time’’ should a young child get? The American Academy of Pediatrics...
Blue Cross signals it’s sticking with Georgia exchange for ’18
Some of the uncertainty over Georgia’s health insurance exchange lifted this week with the...
Maverick on CON laws quits board of hospital association
The continual combat over the state’s health facility licensure program has claimed another casualty....
Top malpractice insurer in Ga. seeks to change company structure
Georgia’s largest medical malpractice insurer aims to convert from a “mutual’’ company to a...
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