Health facts about Georgia that may surprise you

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Physician assistants growing in numbers and importance
Lauren McShane already had a master’s degree in public health, but wanted to branch...
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Physician assistants growing in numbers and importance

Lauren McShane already had a master’s degree in public health, but wanted to branch out into the clinical side of health care.

She considered going to medical school. Another possibility was becoming a physical therapist. But what she chose was physician assistant school.

Her decision, she said, was based on her desire to maintain a work/life balance and have flexibility in her choice of a medical practice.

McShane went into the physician assistant program at Emory, and is now working at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital in orthopedic surgery.

Being a certified PA ‘‘allowed me a perfect balance,’’ McShane said Thursday. She sees patients in the ...

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Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief

Insurance agency owner Janice Laws beat consumer advocate Cindy Zeldin on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner.

Laws will face Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, in the November election.

Both Laws and Beck won their party primaries easily on Tuesday, capturing around 60 percent of the vote. Beck defeated Jay Florence, who was until recently deputy insurance commissioner, and pharmacist Tracy Jordan.

The party nominees will vie to succeed Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, who decided not to seek a third term. Hudgens supported Florence in the primary.

The job is an important one, as insurance issues have become ...

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Huge hospital merger still unfinished after state’s OK

Six months after getting state approval, the mega-merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System remains unfinished business.

The potential deal was originally announced in 2015, with a projected completion date of early the following year. But it has dragged out way beyond that. Even last year, there were still details to be worked out between the two organizations, GHN reported.

 

A Northside spokeswoman said Monday that the system is “still awaiting’’ approval from the Federal Trade Commission.

Betsy Lordan, a spokeswoman for the federal agency, which scrutinizes mergers for anti-competitive problems, told GHN on Monday that she “can’t confirm or deny whether the FTC is investigating ...

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New report says Medicaid expansion would cover 473,000 more Georgians

A new report estimates that a full Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health insurance to 473,000 more residents in 2019.

The Urban Institute policy brief, released Wednesday, is the latest to predict the effect of expansion on the state.

Georgia is among 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid as outlined by the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Nathan Deal and his fellow Republicans who control the Legislature have rejected the move as too costly for the state. They have stood against expansion since the ACA was passed.

Medicaid expansion is generally supported by Democratic officials in Georgia, and may be an issue in ...

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