ACA repeal would be costly to CDC, public health, says report
The CDC would lose $890 million of funding annually if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a new report says. That’s 12 percent of the Atlanta-based agency’s budget. And states would lose more than $3 billion over the next five years — from grants and programs supported by the... Read more
Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse
Merry Fort, an RN who lives in Macon, has seen nursing shortages before. But, she says, “I’ve never seen it like this.” Fort works for a company that supplies “travel nurses’’ — hired to work in a specific location for a limited amount of time — and temp nurses... Read more
1,300 on list to get medical marijuana
More than 1,300 people have been registered as medical cannabis patients in Georgia, state officials said Tuesday. That patient number has grown since the first Georgia medical marijuana registration card was issued in July 2015. Sheila Pierce of the Department of Public Health told the agency board Tuesday that... Read more
Era of Trump could have big impact at CDC . . . and in Georgia
The upcoming presidential change in Washington – not surprisingly – has brought an atmosphere of uncertainty to the Atlanta-based CDC. One big sign of an agency in transition is the upcoming departure of Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. He will hand in his resignation on Jan. 20, the day... Read more
Bridging the data divide: Project aims to revolutionize reporting of diseases
At first, Richard Paskach was a bit skeptical. Earlier this year, the health care executive with Minneapolis-based HealthPartners heard an explanation of an ambitious new project. But he believed that it could have trouble achieving its central goal: connecting medical providers with a varied landscape of public health entities.... Read more

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