$7 billion is a lot of taxpayer dollars. That’s the cost of the government Medicaid and PeachCare programs in Georgia, and it alone would make Gov.-elect Nathan Deal’s choice for Department of Community Health commissioner vitally important for the state. But it’s only part of the picture. On Friday,... Read more
For years, Ken Beverly was a powerful voice, testifying on behalf of hospitals at the General Assembly and taking his message to the media. As the longtime president and CEO of Archbold Medical Center, Beverly helped make the health system a major hospital player in Georgia. The Thomasville-based organization... Read more
The peanut-related salmonella outbreak two years ago could have been mitigated if the FDA overhaul now being proposed had been in place then, says a University of Georgia food safety expert. The Senate-passed food safety legislation, by requiring well-documented prevention programs of potential hazards, would have made Peanut Corp.... Read more
The U.S. Senate’s approval of new food safety rules Tuesday would give the FDA power to order food recalls, which are currently voluntary. The Wall Street Journal reports that House passage of the bill isn’t certain because of the tight schedule for the lame-duck session of Congress. Meanwhile, Bob... Read more
Recent departures of CEOs at three large urban health systems created big waves within the Georgia hospital industry. At the same time, though with less public attention, an even bigger exodus of hospital CEOs has rocked rural areas of the state. A new survey shows that one of every... Read more

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