The frequent “scope of practice’’ bills in the Georgia General Assembly typically cause commotion within the medical industry, pitting health care professional groups against one another.
A recent example is legislation to let dental hygienists practice in nursing homes, school clinics and safety-net settings without a dentist being present.
In the past, the idea was fiercely opposed by many dentists and the Georgia Dental Association, which kept it from becoming law, but a compromise was reached recently on this year’s bill, and it is likely to pass.
The latest furor about medical practice has erupted over legislation to allow optometrists — who examine ...
Piedmont Healthcare will operate 27 retail health clinics in Walgreens stores across the Atlanta area.
The transition to Piedmont management is planned for August, and the clinics will be known as Piedmont QuickCare at Walgreens.
It’s the latest move by Atlanta-based Piedmont to extend its reach across metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Last year, Piedmont acquired Athens Regional Medical Center as its seventh hospital.
Retail medical clinics — located in drugstores or other retail outlets — have spread across the country since 2000. They cater to people looking for convenient hours and accessible locations, and attract a mix of patients, both those with ...
A bill that would help facilitate needle exchange programs in Georgia took its first step toward passage Tuesday.
House Bill 161 is sponsored by state Rep. Betty Price, a physician. She is the wife of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who is also a physician and was until recently a U.S. congressman from Georgia..
She backed a similar proposal last year. It was approved by the House but failed to get consideration in the state Senate.
“There is a public health epidemic of diseases spread through dirty needles,’’ Price, a Roswell Republican, told the House Health and Human Services Committee ...
Vicki Hopper was uninsured before she got coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange in 2014.
Right afterward, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I had the best treatment and best care,’’ says Hopper, now 58, of Roswell. “I’m cancer-free now.”
The treatment cost roughly $500,000, she says. If she had not had the insurance coverage to defray the costs, Hooper says, “my husband and I could be homeless.”
Or possibly worse off than that. “Probably I would have gotten a mammogram [if she had still been uninsured] , but I don’t know. Without it, I wouldn’t be standing here.”
Hooper was among scores ...