Videos are new state tactic against teen suicides

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Bionic hand: From a galaxy far, far away to Georgia Tech lab

Feature Feb 2, 2018 0

In Gil Weinberg’s lab, science fiction has moved closer toward reality. The director of... Read more

Careless callers: Lawmaker wants to get tougher on distracted driving

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State Rep. John Carson started thinking hard about distracted driving a year ago, when... Read more
Flu deaths here up to 79; hospitalizations reach new high in metro area
Georgia public health officials have now confirmed a total of 79 influenza-related deaths this...
The attestation albatross: Some doctors lose Medicaid funds due to ‘bizarre’ pay problem
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A House committee Tuesday approved high-profile legislation to boost rural health care in Georgia....
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Flu deaths here up to 79; hospitalizations reach new high in metro area

Georgia public health officials have now confirmed a total of 79 influenza-related deaths this flu season, including three children, as of Friday.

That total easily surpasses the 58 deaths the state reported in 2009, the first year that all flu deaths were required to be reported to Georgia Public Health.

As of last week, the total of Georgia flu deaths was 66.

The Department of Public Health on Friday also reported 165 hospitalizations in the eight-county metro Atlanta area during the week of Feb. 4 through Feb. 10. That’s the highest number of flu hospitalizations reported this season.

Across the state, hospital emergency rooms ...

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The attestation albatross: Some doctors lose Medicaid funds due to ‘bizarre’ pay problem

Dr. Patrick Pulliam, a Stockbridge pediatrician, moved to a new, bigger medical office last year.

The new site is in the same town as the old one, and in fact the two locations are only a half-mile apart. But the switch is costing Pulliam money. He’s getting paid substantially less to treat Medicaid patients in the new office.

“It’s bizarre,’’ says Pulliam, who has been practicing 20 years. “I’m frustrated and concerned.’’

The pay differential involves a situation that has bedeviled an unknown number of Georgia physicians for some time.

The roots of the problem date back a few years, when the Affordable Care ...

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Rural health care bill clears House panel

A House committee Tuesday approved high-profile legislation to boost rural health care in Georgia.

House Bill 769 would take several steps, including easing the creation of ‘’micro-hospitals,’’ with 24/7 care and a small number of beds, to replace full-scale hospitals that close.

 

It also would allow grants to help rural physicians afford medical malpractice insurance, as an incentive to practice in rural areas; permit remote pharmacy prescription orders from outside of Georgia; and require training of rural hospital board and authority members.

The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Rick Jasperse, a Jasper Republican, would also raise the rural tax credit for donations to ...

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Georgia down slightly in ‘Well-Being’ survey

Georgia dropped from 29th to 31st in a measurement that reflects how people feel about and experience their daily lives.

The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index score for the U.S. in 2017 – out of a possible score of 100 —  was 61.5, a decline from 62.1 in 2016.

This drop reflected declines in 21 states, including in Georgia, which fell from 62.3 to 61.3. No state showed a statistically significant improvement compared to the previous year.

The index, released Tuesday, examines five elements:

Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals

Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life

Financial: ...

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