The X-ray factor: Image technicians enjoy strong job market Hot

Feature Mar 17, 2017 0

Nearly everyone has undergone an X-ray or MRI, whether it’s a screening mammogram or an examination of a bone that might be broken, and demand for these tests is growing as Georgians age. That means an excellent job market... Read more

Should newborns be screened for Krabbe disease?

Feature Mar 9, 2017 0

This article was jointly reported by WebMD Health News and Georgia Health News Jackson... Read more

In a notoriously tough job, Grady chief survives and thrives

Feature Feb 27, 2017 1

Five years ago, Grady Health System in Atlanta was racking up a $27 million... Read more
Commentary: Keeping the ACA is better than the alternative

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday evening on legislation that begins the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill is supported by President Trump and congressional Republican leaders.

Eliminating the ACA, though, is opposed by many organizations, large and small.

Karuna Ramachandran of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services says the ACA has done much good, ensuring that health care “is not a luxury for the few.”

“Thousands of Georgians rely on the ACA every day, and without it, the consequences would be deadly,’’ she says in a new GHN Commentary.

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Recent events hearten advocates of Georgia’s rural hospitals

This week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the better.

Voters in Monroe and Jefferson counties Tuesday approved tax increases to help preserve their rural hospitals, which are in financial danger.

And a proposed tax credit upgrade for donors to rural hospitals, an idea that had appeared dead in this year’s Georgia General Assembly session, is alive again less than two weeks before the legislators are expected to adjourn.

Rural health care in Georgia has been financially endangered for several years. Five rural hospitals have closed in the state since the beginning of 2013, and many others are ...

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State shows improvement in health system scorecard

Georgia’s ranking on a health system scorecard has improved from 46th in the nation to 41st.

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 scorecard ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the most recent data available in five areas: health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, health outcomes, and health care equity.

Georgia tied with South Carolina and Texas at No. 41, improving five spots from the last score card, in 2015.

Vermont was the top-ranked state overall in this year’s Commonwealth Fund report, followed by Minnesota, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Georgia joined most other Southern states in the bottom quartile of the ...

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House panel OKs new plan to halt ‘surprise’ bills; doctors voice opposition

The House Insurance Committee on Monday passed revamped legislation to reduce “surprise billing,’’ in which patients using hospitals in their insurance network may still get unexpected bills from doctors who are not in the network.

Consumers who have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their networks often get separate bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars from non-network doctors who were involved. These bills can come from ER doctors, anesthesiologists and radiologists, among others. Several states recently have passed legislation to address the problem.

The new version of Senate Bill 8 is vastly different from the original proposal that passed the state ...

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Commentary: Keeping the ACA is better than the alternative
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday evening on legislation that...
Recent events hearten advocates of Georgia’s rural hospitals
This week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the...
State shows improvement in health system scorecard
Georgia’s ranking on a health system scorecard has improved from 46th in the nation...
House panel OKs new plan to halt ‘surprise’ bills; doctors voice opposition
The House Insurance Committee on Monday passed revamped legislation to reduce “surprise billing,’’ in which patients...
Krabbe screening bill moves closer to law
A state Senate health committee Thursday approved a bill to offer optional testing of...
ACA repeal is too great a chance to take
  Finding out that she had breast cancer shook up Jirapon Yolpan’s life. An immigrant from Thailand and a...
Three reforms for Day 1, once Dr. Price is confirmed
  A physician has not taken office as Health and Human Services secretary since 1989, when Georgia’s Dr. Louis...
Health care solutions we can embrace now
There is no question that Georgia’s rural hospitals are struggling. The great majority are losing money every year, and...

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