Flu misery continues across the state
State health officials report that flu cases remain widespread in Georgia. The Department of Public Health said that through the week of Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, there had been 376 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta due to influenza so far this season. That’s up from 61 at the same... Read more
WellCare picks new chief for its Georgia operation
WellCare announced Monday that Sonya Nelson is the new president of the health insurer’s Georgia operations. Tampa-based WellCare is the biggest of the three HMO-like Care Management Organizations (CMOs) currently serving the Medicaid and PeachCare populations in Georgia, with about 571,000 members. WellCare also has 40,000 Medicare Advantage plan... Read more
Governor hails passage of ‘provider fee’ to bolster Medicaid
Georgia lawmakers passed major health care legislation Friday, including a bill to plug a $900 million hole in the state Medicaid budget. The Georgia House voted 152-14 to approve the renewal of the hospital “provider fee” for another three years. Senate Bill 70, which passed the Senate last week,... Read more
Children’s Healthcare plans to build large new Atlanta hospital
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced plans Thursday to build a new pediatric hospital at a prime location along I-85, with a projected construction cost of at least $1 billion. Children’s currently runs three pediatric hospitals in Atlanta. In the announcement, the system’s leaders cited the need for more capacity... Read more
House panel begins another quest for a dental hygienist law
A House committee unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that would allow dental hygienists to practice in school clinics, nursing homes and safety-net locations without having a dentist present. The passage of House Bill 154 by the House Health and Human Services Committee comes a year after the sudden collapse of... Read more

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