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
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
Georgia remains low in senior health ranking
Georgia ranks 39th among states on senior health, the same place as last year’s rating, according to a new report. But significant health challenges lie ahead for the next generation of Georgia seniors and their counterparts nationally, the report found. Georgia has more than 1 million people 65 and older.... Read more
Nursing home firm penalized again as feds cut funds at 4th Georgia facility
Federal health officials, citing potential harm to patients, is stopping Medicare and Medicaid payments to a fourth Georgia nursing home operated by a Tennessee-based company. Three of those Georgia facilities run by New Beginnings Care have closed, with state officials helping to relocate more than 200 patients. The fourth... Read more
Feds cut funds to 30 Ga. hospitals over infections, injuries
The federal government is cutting payments to 30 Georgia hospitals for high levels of infections and patient injuries. Of those hospitals, 16 were penalized last year for the same problems. The new Medicare crackdown on hospital-acquired infections and preventable injuries is similar to the existing federal penalties on excessive... Read more

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