Many Georgia doctors are dissatisfied, survey shows
Georgia’s physicians are slightly more pessimistic about the future of medicine than their counterparts nationally, a recent survey found. Two of three Georgia doctors — 66.8 percent — said they were somewhat negative/pessimistic or very negative/pessimistic about medicine’s future, versus 62.8 percent of doctors  nationally, according to a survey... Read more
The doctor’s white coat: A valuable tradition or a dangerously dirty habit?
Sylvia Wright hails from a family that has a long tradition of white coats. The Atlanta-based dermatologist and partner at Peachtree Dermatology Associates is a fourth-generation physician. For her, the white coat represents “the honor, the service and the commitment of practicing medicine.” But Wright could be the last... Read more
A big sum for Medicaid — and some hard choices
It’s the $110 million question. How should the Georgia Medicaid program spend the $110 million penalty to be paid by Tenet Healthcare as part of a fraud case settlement? The net amount is the biggest Medicaid fraud recovery in Georgia history, according to the state Attorney General’s office. By... Read more
Emory partnership with Stratus boosts clout of hospital alliance
Emory Healthcare announced Monday that it has formed a partnership with Stratus Healthcare, an alliance of 21 hospitals and 1,500 physicians in Georgia. Stratus, created in 2013, is a loose alliance of Georgia health systems, with members cooperating on their common goals but not sharing equity interests. Stratus officials... Read more
Commentary: A bad deal for many diabetics
More than 1 million Georgians who have diabetes are at risk of developing chronic, debilitating nerve pain with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. DPN can cause irreversible damage, including complete loss of lower extremity sensation that can result in amputation. In a new GHN Commentary, Dr. Jonathan Ownby, an endocrinologist, writes... Read more

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