Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse
Merry Fort, an RN who lives in Macon, has seen nursing shortages before. But, she says, “I’ve never seen it like this.” Fort works for a company that supplies “travel nurses’’ — hired to work in a specific location for a limited amount of time — and temp nurses... Read more
Era of Trump could have big impact at CDC . . . and in Georgia
The upcoming presidential change in Washington – not surprisingly – has brought an atmosphere of uncertainty to the Atlanta-based CDC. One big sign of an agency in transition is the upcoming departure of Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. He will hand in his resignation on Jan. 20, the day... Read more
The human face — and the uncertain politics — of Medicaid expansion
Kay Rogers had been a bus driver in Georgia for several years when she had a heart attack in 2012. She was suffering from congestive heart failure, a chronic illness that meant eventually she couldn’t keep working the same number of hours. She was terminated from her job. Unemployed,... Read more
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... Read more
Do-it-yourself what?! More kidney patients learning in-home dialysis
W.E. “Bubber” Wilkes spent 30 years raising turkeys and then beef cattle, 24 years on the Oconee County Commission, and five years working security at Athens Regional Hospital. And January will mark his first year on home dialysis for kidney failure. Wilkes was born with only one kidney, but it... Read more

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