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
Sponsor of rural hospital donor law seeks to expand tax credit
The lawmaker who created Georgia’s new tax credit program for rural hospitals wants to boost the incentives for donors. State Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican, has introduced a House bill that would raise the tax credit from 70 percent to 90 percent for individuals and corporations who donate... Read more
Medicare safety penalties fall hard on some Georgia hospitals
Nearly one in four Georgia hospitals are being penalized by the federal government for high rates of patient injuries. Federal health officials reported that 31 of 134 Georgia hospitals analyzed, or 23 percent, had a high level of such complications, which include infections, blood clots, bedsores and falls. Of... Read more
Advisory firm on rural hospital donations says profits will go to charity
A consulting firm criticized over its contracting with rural hospitals on a new state program said Monday it will donate any net income from that work to charitable groups supporting rural health care. The firm, Portage Charity Advisors, created the Georgia HEART program to help struggling rural hospitals gain... Read more
Struggling health system in metro Atlanta looks for a partner
One of metro Atlanta’s last “standalone” hospital organizations will seek an alliance with another health system in the coming months. The DeKalb Medical system, which runs hospitals in Decatur and Lithonia, will look for both local and out-of-state potential partners, said Cheryl Iverson, vice president of marketing and strategic... Read more

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