Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse Hot

Feature Jan 17, 2017 1

Merry Fort, an RN who lives in Macon, has seen nursing shortages before. But, she says, “I’ve never seen it like this.” Fort works for a company that supplies “travel nurses’’ — hired to work in a specific location... Read more

Era of Trump could have big impact at CDC . . . and in Georgia

Feature Jan 6, 2017 0

The upcoming presidential change in Washington – not surprisingly – has brought an atmosphere... Read more

Bridging the data divide: Project aims to revolutionize reporting of diseases

Feature Jan 1, 2017 1

At first, Richard Paskach was a bit skeptical. Earlier this year, the health care... Read more
ACA repeal would be costly to CDC, public health, says report

The CDC would lose $890 million of funding annually if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a new report says. That’s 12 percent of the Atlanta-based agency’s budget.

And states would lose more than $3 billion over the next five years — from grants and programs supported by the Prevention Fund, which is part of the ACA. That would include $20 million in public health funding to Georgia each year over five years, or a total of $100 million, the report says.

The report from the Trust for America’s Health, released Tuesday, comes amid Republican efforts to repeal the federal health reform ...

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Succeeding while overcoming obstacles

Born in Macon, one of four girls raised by a single mother, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice has met every challenge with dedication, service and success.

Montgomery Rice is now president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta — the first woman to hold that prestigious position.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Montgomery Rice is being honored as an award recipient of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2017, an honor bestowed upon leaders over the last 70 years. Ten to 12 leaders are selected annually.

The Horatio Alger Award recognizes exceptional leadership, and recipients have a strong commitment ...

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Commentary: To honor MLK, don’t be reckless on ACA repeal

Monday is the day when the nation pauses to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the world-renowned civil rights leader from Georgia.

In a new GHN Commentary, Dr. Harry Heiman of Morehouse School of Medicine notes that King took an expansive view of human rights. Heiman points out that 50 years ago, MLK spoke eloquently against “injustice in health care.”

With Congress moving toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, Heiman says that doing so without “a carefully planned and vetted replacement is both dangerous and irresponsible.”

“50 years after Dr. King’s speech, inequality and injustice in health and health care continue to affect ...

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Sponsor of rural hospital donor law seeks to expand tax credit

The lawmaker who created Georgia’s new tax credit program for rural hospitals wants to boost the incentives for donors.

State Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican, has introduced a House bill that would raise the tax credit from 70 percent to 90 percent for individuals and corporations who donate money to rural hospitals.

 

Duncan’s original tax credit program was approved last year by the Georgia General Assembly.

He told GHN on Thursday that while the idea has generated strong interest, the current tax credit figure isn’t high enough to attract donations. “The early feedback from corporations is that it’s too big of a ...

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ACA repeal would be costly to CDC, public health, says report
The CDC would lose $890 million of funding annually if the Affordable Care Act...
Succeeding while overcoming obstacles
Born in Macon, one of four girls raised by a single mother, Dr. Valerie...
Commentary: To honor MLK, don’t be reckless on ACA repeal
Monday is the day when the nation pauses to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King...
Sponsor of rural hospital donor law seeks to expand tax credit
The lawmaker who created Georgia’s new tax credit program for rural hospitals wants to...
Deal speech targets health services for the vulnerable
Gov. Nathan Deal, in his annual State of the State address Wednesday, outlined several...
Marijuana’s health effects? Scientists weigh in
A report analyzed more than 10,000 studies to see what could conclusively be said about the health effects of all...
May his memory be an inspiration
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”  These were the...
The rush to throw out Obamacare could backfire disastrously
We are the most religious democracy in the world, and our Judeo-Christian ethic demands that we take care of...
Parents: Make sure your students are protected from meningitis B
As both a family physician and a mom, I know that the to-do list for parents is often a...

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