Health care agenda: Will longtime disputes be resolved?
Despite a new lineup of legislators – as well as a new governor and lieutenant governor — many health care issues in the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly will have a familiar look. They are largely the same ones that have percolated under the Gold Dome in... Read more
Maternal death rate is a problem that needs a factual approach
This Commentary is written by Dr. Michael Lindsay and Dr. Jane Ellis of  Emory University School of Medicine A recent article in a local publication was headlined “Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in the U.S., worse now.” While the problem of maternal mortality is very real –... Read more
Commentary: Rural birthing centers would fill a real need
Pregnant women in rural Georgia can have difficulty finding a hospital close to home that offers birthing services. But there’s another solution, say Emory University nursing faculty members. A micro-hospital that has an “along-side’’ birth centers can provide maternity services to rural families – and save Medicaid money, write... Read more
Georgia up slightly in state health rankings, but still on lower end
Georgia improved two spots in a national ranking of the healthiest states, ranking 39th in the latest evaluation by the United Health Foundation. The 2018 America’s Health Rankings report found Georgia mirrored national trends with an increase in adult obesity and a reduced rate of children in poverty. The... Read more
As flu season gets rolling, Georgia hit harder than any state
The most recent CDC national data showed Georgia had the highest level of flu activity in the United States. The state’s level of influenza-like illness was reported as “High’’ in the report of the week ending Dec. 8. That was the most activity for any state, according to the agency’s map.... Read more

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