Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments in Northside records case
Is the nonprofit Northside Hospital Inc. subject to the state’s open records law? The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on the high-profile case, which involves Northside’s rejection of requests for information about financial documents and other matters. Attorney Peter Canfield argued that Northside – a financially successful... Read more
Georgia aims to avoid snags as it launches program for public benefits
Georgia is rolling out an expensive eligibility determination system for Medicaid, food stamps and other public benefits, with officials hoping to avoid the massive problems with a similar set-up in Rhode Island, operated by the same vendor. The new computer system, delivered by Deloitte Consulting, has a price tag... Read more
Georgia slips lower in Leapfrog ratings on hospital safety
Less than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. The 17.6 percent figure put Georgia in 40th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals. The ratings from Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded by... Read more
‘Good Samaritan’ helps cut opioid overdose deaths in Georgia
Every day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdoses. That adds up to more than 33,000 people in 2015, or four times as many such overdose deaths as in 1999. When federal officials finish counting the deaths for more recent years, the number will be even higher. No wonder there’s... Read more
New chief at helm of WellStar North Fulton
Jon-Paul Croom has taken over this month as the new president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital in Roswell. Croom previously served as CEO for the 429-bed Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. North Fulton was considered the crown jewel of the Texas-based Tenet hospital system’s facilities in Georgia.... Read more

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