Georgia still ranks low among states in rates of premature births, low-birthweight babies, and infant mortality.
The rankings in those categories are 43rd, 47th and 45th, respectively, based on the latest data, according to the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia’s 2016 report on maternal and infant health.
The recently released report also notes that the state suffers from an absence of key information. A federal publication of 2013 birth data identifies Georgia as having the highest rate of missing prenatal care data from its birth certificates, with about 16 percent not having that measure.
“Other states are collecting some of this data better,’’ ...
Georgia’s physicians are slightly more pessimistic about the future of medicine than their counterparts nationally, a recent survey found.
Two of three Georgia doctors — 66.8 percent — said they were somewhat negative/pessimistic or very negative/pessimistic about medicine’s future, versus 62.8 percent of doctors nationally, according to a survey of more than 17,000 physicians around the nation.
And about half of the 510 Georgia physicians surveyed said they often or always had feelings of burnout, similar to the national average.
The burnout rate “is something to be concerned about’’ for both patients and doctors,’’ said Dr. Walker Ray, a retired Georgia pediatrician and ...
While the number of new HIV diagnoses overall in the United States is going down, cases among young people are rising.
New diagnoses of HIV among the youth population increased by nearly 11 percent between 2008 and 2014, as the number of new diagnoses among all Americans was decreasing at the same rate.
Addressing the HIV increase among young people, the National Institutes of Health has awarded up to $24 million for a research network, including Emory University and other universities, to target new services for adolescents and young adults (individuals ranging in age from 13 to 24). Emory, along with the ...
It’s the $110 million question.
How should the Georgia Medicaid program spend the $110 million penalty to be paid by Tenet Healthcare as part of a fraud case settlement?
The net amount is the biggest Medicaid fraud recovery in Georgia history, according to the state Attorney General’s office. By law, it must go to Medicaid, not to the state’s general treasury.
The money is part of Tenet’s payment of more than $513 million to settle the case of Medicaid fraud involving some metro Atlanta hospitals. The Texas-based chain has since sold all its Georgia hospitals, but the misconduct occurred while Tenet was the ...