Support your local quarterback — the primary care physician
I grew up in Georgia and always dreamed of playing high school football. Unfortunately, neither my DNA nor my mom shared that vision. But now, I’ll finally have my chance to play quarterback. This month, I will complete my medical training and begin practicing as a primary care physician... Read more
Med school explores venture capital as tool of innovation
Just a week ago, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which has a suburban Atlanta campus, announced a $5 million venture capital fund aimed to spark innovation in primary care. In just seven days, the PCOM fund has fielded more than 10 queries, PCOM officials told GHN. “We’re really... Read more
Hospital alliance, doctors’ network may join forces
Stratus Healthcare, an alliance of hospital systems, said Wednesday that it’s entering partnership talks with a large physician organization in Central Georgia. The talks between Stratus and Central Georgia Health Network could lead to forming a “clinically integrated network’’ to treat patients in South and Middle Georgia. Such integrated... Read more
Loss of the local hospital leaves a big hole in a rural region
This is the fifth in a series of articles about health care in Southwest Georgia, an area of the state that has great health needs and challenges, but also some innovative approaches to such problems. The series is the product of a collaboration between Georgia Health News and the... Read more
Commentary: Insurance deals pose major threat
At a minimum, two pending mergers of giant insurance companies will shake up Georgia’s health care marketplace. Proponents of the deals say the effect will be beneficial. But the Medical Association of Georgia says the mergers will be “disastrous’’ for the state, raising prices and lowering consumer choice. If... Read more

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