Michael poses serious danger, sparking mobilization in Georgia
For the second time in a month, Georgia health officials are preparing to assist people affected by a major hurricane. But Hurricane Michael, which was pounding the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, threatens to inflict broader damage in Georgia than did Hurricane Florence, which hit mainly the Carolinas a month... Read more
Kaiser again rated top health plan in Georgia
Kaiser Permanente has again been rated the top commercial health plan in Georgia by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. It’s the 14th straight year for Kaiser to lead the NCQA commercial plan ratings. Health plans were rated on a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 being the best. The nonprofit Kaiser... Read more
Managing diabetes through a ‘virtual’ clinic
Late last year, Stephen King of Marietta (not the famous author) started feeling sick at work, having nausea, vomiting and dizziness. King, who had known he was pre-diabetic, went to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He later was unable to control his blood sugar levels despite... Read more
Will feds beat Georgia to an answer on surprise medical billing ?
The legislative effort to end surprise medical bills has repeatedly led to stalemates – and frustration – at the Georgia General Assembly. Surprise billing occurs when consumers have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their insurance network, then get separate bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars from non-network doctors... Read more
CON laws: They spark constant fights, but will they be changed?
Four years ago, a sports medicine group began a quest to build a surgery and training center in Alpharetta, in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The proposed multimillion-dollar center was to be known as the Legacy Sports institute. It was associated with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Alabama, whose... Read more

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