Community paramedicine: Unclogging ERs by helping people at home
Three years ago, Grady Health System in Atlanta was getting thousands of 911 calls from people with mental health problems. Some were calling up to 30 times a month for emergency help. A large majority of these people were transported by ambulance to the Grady Memorial Hospital ER, said... Read more
Shots at the pharmacy — a growing trend in Georgia
A state law that’s been in place for less than six months has improved access to key vaccines for Georgia adults. The legislation allows pharmacists and nurses to administer vaccines for influenza, pneumococcal disease, shingles and meningitis.  This is a big development for Georgia pharmacists, who have been administering... Read more
Commentary: Driving doctors to the brink
Long hours, higher patient load and increased scrutiny of their work. Those factors, along with others, have led many physicians into burnout. According to a recent study by Mayo Clinic, more than 54 percent of physicians in the United States suffer from one form or another of burnout, almost 10 percent more... Read more
Doctors in distress: Long hours, high patient load help lead to physician burnout
In the past few months, a specter has been haunting and unsettling the medical community and way beyond: the specter of the disruptive doctor. Recent media reports show a rising number of cases in which physicians are losing control, such as surgeons throwing instruments in the operating room and... Read more
State senator expects legislation on insurance reforms
Problems with insurers’ contracts with physicians — and with their provider networks — are likely to spark legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session, a key state senator said Monday. State Sen. Dean Burke (R-Bainbridge), who chaired a legislative study committee reviewing insurer networks and contracts, told GHN that... Read more

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