Georgia slightly above average in health care spending
Health care spending for the privately insured increased 4.6 percent nationally in 2015, higher than the hikes in the prior two years, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute said the biggest factor in the higher spending was an increase in prices... Read more
Less than one-quarter of Georgia hospitals score “A” in safety ratings
Just 22 percent of Georgia hospitals received an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. That put Georgia in a tie for 36th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals. The ratings from Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded by employers,... Read more
The doctor’s white coat: A valuable tradition or a dangerously dirty habit?
Sylvia Wright hails from a family that has a long tradition of white coats. The Atlanta-based dermatologist and partner at Peachtree Dermatology Associates is a fourth-generation physician. For her, the white coat represents “the honor, the service and the commitment of practicing medicine.” But Wright could be the last... Read more
A big sum for Medicaid — and some hard choices
It’s the $110 million question. How should the Georgia Medicaid program spend the $110 million penalty to be paid by Tenet Healthcare as part of a fraud case settlement? The net amount is the biggest Medicaid fraud recovery in Georgia history, according to the state Attorney General’s office. By... Read more
Return of patients after Hurricane Matthew going at measured pace
The return of medical evacuees from Hurricane Matthew is expected to last through the week and even beyond, a state Public Health official said Tuesday. This effort included 26 buses carrying about 500 people with medical needs Monday night from Augusta to Savannah, said Dr. Patrick O’Neal, director of... Read more

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