Georgia’s HIV problem hitting rural areas hard
This article is part of an occasional series on rural health care in Georgia. These articles are supported by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Metro Atlanta is often characterized as the epicenter of Georgia’s HIV crisis. Earlier this year, in fact, President Trump announced an anti-HIV... Read more
3 more measles cases confirmed in Cobb, increasing state toll to 11
Story updated Public health officials said Friday that three more cases of measles have been confirmed in Cobb County. The Department of Public Health confirmed a separate case in Cobb over the weekend. The confirmed cases bring the total cases of measles to 11 in Georgia this year –... Read more
Georgia gets an ‘F’ grade in preventing preterm births
Johnecia Mason’s pregnancy was going along fine until at six months, she developed preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure. Soon afterward, her son was born prematurely, at 26 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 8 ounces. He died in the hospital 12 days later. “It was very hard,’’... Read more
Deal reached on millions in erroneous Medicare payments
Story updated Federal health officials have worked out an agreement to resolve an overpayment problem with medical providers in Georgia and other states. The terms of that agreement, like the payment issue itself, are complicated, A year ago, Georgia Health News reported that the federal Centers for Medicare &... Read more
EPA proposal on ethylene oxide attacked as ‘weak’
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed its first of two new rules to curb emissions of cancer-causing ethylene oxide. Environmental advocates and legislators, however, say the federal agency’s plans won’t do... Read more

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