Medicaid needs relief amid COVID crunch
By Jeff Graham The COVID-19 pandemic has burdened an already strained health care system for months without an end in sight for some of the most at-risk populations, including the LBGT community, seniors, and those with pre-existing conditions. It has also reflected, as a result of systematic inequalities, staggering... Read more
Kemp order opens path for long-term care visits
More visitors will be allowed into long-term care facilities under new state guidelines issued late Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp authorized in-person visitation “subject to specific criteria and restrictions outlined by the Department of Public Health,” according to a press release. The governor’s order also clarifies that community and state ombudsmen... Read more
Whistleblower reports high number of hysterectomies at Irwin detention center
A whistleblower complaint filed this week with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General alleges that high rates of hysterectomies — sometimes without what the complaint called “proper informed consent” — have been performed on women detained in a privately owned immigration jail in Georgia. The complaint,... Read more
How to wean the Medicare system off opioids
By Drs. Douglas Blackmon and David Paine Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world, our country, and our home state of Georgia. The novel coronavirus has tragically claimed thousands of lives and has garnered unprecedented attention from our leaders. But we can’t afford to... Read more
Fear factor: Parents’ concern on COVID may stall vital vaccinations
By Ann Hardie Some parents like Jil Hinds still just aren’t comfortable taking their children to the doctor. Given that Georgia is a COVID-19 hot spot and now has more than 260,000 confirmed cases, Hinds feels even less comfortable taking her 9-year-old now than when the pandemic began. “I... Read more

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