New oases in the ‘food deserts’ of Atlanta Hot

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Over the past dozen years, a Philadelphia program has helped bring healthier foods to corner stores across the city. That effort now is coming to Atlanta, through a collaboration between Georgia State University’s School of Public Health and Morehouse School... Read more

Do-it-yourself what?! More kidney patients learning in-home dialysis

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W.E. “Bubber” Wilkes spent 30 years raising turkeys and then beef cattle, 24 years... Read more

Hospice care improves quality of life at the end of the journey Hot

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Surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande writes that he never learned about mortality in... Read more
State identifies rural hospitals in biggest need of donation help

A South Georgia hospital has been ranked as the most financially stressed among 49 rural hospitals eligible for a new state tax credit program.

State officials, after reviewing facility financials, have ranked Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla as the neediest among eligible rural hospitals.

The program, created during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, allows tax credits to individuals and corporations that donate to struggling rural hospitals.

The credits aim to help shore up rural health care, which has been under increasing financial pressure in the state.

Since the beginning of 2013, five rural Georgia hospitals have closed, and many others are ...

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Interstate health insurance sales had tryout in Georgia

Among Republican ideas to transform the health care system is a proposal to allow health insurers to sell their policies across state lines.

President-elect Donald Trump and Tom Price, the Georgia congressman picked by Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, have backed the proposal. They and other advocates see it as a way to boost competition. The interstate sales idea is part of a general GOP blueprint to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

In Georgia, the interstate sale of health insurance has already had a five-year tryout.

The state Legislature in 2011 passed a bill ...

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State still faces shortage of caseworkers for foster kids

As the number of foster children in Georgia soars, a state agency continues to struggle with a high turnover rate among the caseworkers who help these kids.

Georgia DFCS assigns each foster child a caseworker, and the agency says the annual turnover rate for these workers is about 37 percent. DFCS is recruiting now to fill about 170 positions for child welfare case managers.

The turnover rate among the caseworkers, says a DFCS spokeswoman, comes from several factors, including the departure of many for jobs with less stress and better pay. The starting salary for a child welfare case manager is $28,005.

The ...

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Fulton Co. ranks high in opioid deaths, HIV rate

Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average in 2014, newly released figures show.

And the county — which contains most of the city of Atlanta as well as some of Georgia’s most affluent suburbs — had a higher rate of HIV diagnoses than all but one of 28 large cities studied, according to statistics released this week by the Big Cities Health Coalition project.

Fulton’s data were used because the county, not the city, collects the area’s health information, which is processed by researchers so it’s comparable between jurisdictions.

The county performed better than the national ...

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State identifies rural hospitals in biggest need of donation help
A South Georgia hospital has been ranked as the most financially stressed among 49...
Interstate health insurance sales had tryout in Georgia
Among Republican ideas to transform the health care system is a proposal to allow...
State still faces shortage of caseworkers for foster kids
As the number of foster children in Georgia soars, a state agency continues to...
Fulton Co. ranks high in opioid deaths, HIV rate
Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average...
Exchange sign-ups in Georgia higher than last year’s
More Georgians have signed up for coverage for the upcoming insurance exchange than at...
Don’t bet big on health law changes when mulling coverage
The threat of financial disaster, not the Affordable Care Act’s hazy future, should shape any decision to buy coverage...
The future of health care must be patient-centered, like its past
Is the practice of medicine coming full circle? As the administrator of a large medical practice, I believe it...
How to reduce high costs and wasteful spending in health care
It’s been a rough time for health care. Sixteen of the 23 federally funded, not-for-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans...
The ‘Value Chain’ shows Georgia’s leadership in life sciences
As home to more than 400 life sciences companies, Georgia is a thriving center of this growing industry. Much...

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