Georgia needs to put its foot down on ‘step therapy’ for diabetics
More than 1 million people in Georgia live with diabetes and are at risk for developing chronic, debilitating and potentially permanent nerve pain, known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Currently, the American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 60 percent of Americans with diabetes also suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathy.... Read more
Doctor’s Column: Why I became a ‘concierge’ physician
Editor’s note: Recently Georgia Health News revived its Doctor’s Column section, giving physicians the opportunity to write about important medical issues. The following column focuses on a growing trend in medical care. Dr. Juliet Mavromatis, an Atlanta physician, writes about her transition to “concierge medicine,” a style of practice... Read more
Piedmont-United dispute shows no sign of resolution
Three weeks after their old contract expired, Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare remain far apart in trying to reach a new one. Since July 1, five Piedmont hospitals, as well as health system doctors, have been “out of network” to tens of thousands of United members. Those patients now face... Read more
Newspaper investigates sexual abuse by physicians
The AJC on Wednesday began publishing a series of articles on patient sexual abuse by doctors. These are startling – and terrifying – stories of physician misconduct. The Atlanta newspaper reviewed more than 100,000 public documents from all 50 states, analyzing thousands of individual cases and interviewing patients, doctors and advocates across... Read more
Doctor’s Column: Helping young opioid addicts recover
The word “opioid” is not new, and neither are the drugs it describes. But what was once mostly a clinical term is now frighteningly familiar to average people as America grapples with an epidemic of opioid addiction. In a new GHN Doctor’s Column, Dr. Michael Fishman notes that Georgia’s... Read more

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