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
Evacuating patients: How a hospital system responded to a hurricane
With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on Georgia, a pair of coastal hospitals swung into action. Starting Thursday, both campuses of Southeast Georgia Health System (SGHS) – in Brunswick and St. Marys – moved all 190 patients to other hospitals in the state prior to the storm’s arrival. The SGHS... Read more
Tenet to pay millions over fraud scheme in Georgia
The Tenet Healthcare subsidiaries that previously owned two metro Atlanta hospitals have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud federal health programs and pay kickbacks and bribes for patient referrals, officials said Monday. Atlanta Medical Center and North Fulton Hospital in Roswell were owned by Texas-based Tenet until this April,... Read more

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