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
Worst complaints about nursing homes getting swift attention despite backlog, state says
State officials say they are able to respond immediately to reports of abuse or neglect in Georgia nursing homes, despite facing a large backlog of complaints. The backlog of nursing home complaints coming from residents, families and others is roughly 140, the Department of Community Health says. That’s at... Read more
State admits to slow pace in addressing nursing home complaints
Georgia is dealing with a large backlog of complaints about nursing homes, and also has a substantial vacancy rate in surveyors who check conditions in these facilities, a state health agency said Tuesday. The complaint situation has helped lead to “a mess’’ with federal health officials, Frank Berry, commissioner... Read more
Hospice care improves quality of life at the end of the journey
Surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande writes that he never learned about mortality in medical school. He learned to examine, prescribe and operate, but not how to help patients die well. It wasn’t until he was a practicing surgeon that he confronted the idea of a “good” death —... Read more
Nursing home company’s problems pile up in Georgia
A financially troubled company, which has closed five nursing homes in Georgia, one as recently as June, has been cited by federal regulators for multiple problems for a facility it still operates in Eastman. Residents of Eastman Healthcare & Rehab, in south-central Georgia, have dealt with sewage backups, unsafe... Read more

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