Kidney transplants: A lifesaving system with serious shortcomings Hot

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It’s never a good sign when you start urinating blood. It was 2010, Sara Lewis was 12, and she assumed she had started her period. But what she initially thought was menstrual blood turned out to be something ominous... Read more

Is your health care provider an addict? The problem we can’t ignore

Feature Sep 11, 2016 1

Before he went to medical school, Michael Fishman was already addicted to drugs. “I... Read more

Silent spill: Jet fuel reached river, but accident went almost unnoticed

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Four months ago, a tanker truck carrying jet fuel hit a post at Atlanta’s... Read more
Rural hospitals see ray of hope in tax credit program

The chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to the promise of donations under a new state tax credit program.

“The tax credit legislation is a lifeline for us, helping us keep essential services in our rural communities,’’ said Kim Gilman, who runs Phoebe Worth Hospital in Sylvester and Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert.

Gilman joined several other rural hospital CEOs at the state Capitol on Tuesday for the kickoff of a task force, called Rural Healthcare 180, that aims to promote the donation program, created during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

It ...

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Kaiser continues winning streak in ratings of health plans

For the 12th straight year, Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s top-rated commercial health plan, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The NCQA ratings gave Kaiser 4.5 out of a possible 5.0 for its commercial health plan, and 5 of 5 for its Medicare plan.

NCQA is an accrediting organization that rates health plans based on consumer satisfaction, prevention and treatment. The ratings emphasize the outcomes for medical care and what patients say about these services, NCQA said.

Kaiser’s 4.5 score for its HMO was followed by 3.5 for these plans: Aetna HMO/Point of Service (POS), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia ...

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Piedmont’s expanded presence to change care in Athens area

On Oct. 1, the honeymoon ends for Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC), and the realities of their marriage will set in.

Next week Athens Regional, with 350 beds, will become the second-largest facility in Piedmont’s system and the only one with a residency program. ARMC will be Piedmont’s seventh hospital.

“I think it is a huge opportunity for us, and I am very optimistic about it,” says Dr. Charles Peck, CEO of Athens Regional.

The alliance with Piedmont seems certain to benefit ARMC’s insured patients who need sophisticated cardiac or cancer care, as well as residents of Oconee County, the ...

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Personal Blog: The name is obscure, but the infection can be deadly

A journalist sets out to take an objective, measured view of the subject matter being covered.

But this time, the topic is personal.

I have twice been diagnosed with Clostridium difficile, known as C. diff, a germ that can cause infectious diarrhea. It strikes a half-million Americans every year.

Most people get the disease through taking antibiotics. That’s how I got it, and it was a miserable experience.

The C. Difficile Foundation held a conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, drawing about 170 health care professionals interested in learning more about the disease.

I showed up, too. With my own perspective as both a former patient and ...

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Rural hospitals see ray of hope in tax credit program
The chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to...
Kaiser continues winning streak in ratings of health plans
For the 12th straight year, Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s top-rated commercial health plan, according...
Piedmont’s expanded presence to change care in Athens area
On Oct. 1, the honeymoon ends for Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional Medical Center...
Personal Blog: The name is obscure, but the infection can be deadly
A journalist sets out to take an objective, measured view of the subject matter...
Nursing home company’s problems pile up in Georgia
A financially troubled company, which has closed five nursing homes in Georgia, one as...
E-cigarette users see smoke-free areas as OK for vaping
The majority of e-cigarette users have “vaped” in a smoke-free environment and most don’t view use of the devices...
Planning a flu shot? There’s another vaccination you may need
As we say goodbye to another summer, signals for fall are appearing: changing leaves, school buses, football, and of...
Why I’m at odds with my party on health care
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin)...
Georgia needs to put its foot down on ‘step therapy’ for diabetics
More than 1 million people in Georgia live with diabetes and are at risk for developing chronic, debilitating and...

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