Recent events hearten advocates of Georgia’s rural hospitals
This week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the better. Voters in Monroe and Jefferson counties Tuesday approved tax increases to help preserve their rural hospitals, which are in financial danger. And a proposed tax credit upgrade for donors to rural hospitals, an idea... Read more
Payment confusion: How a Medicaid rate gap squeezes some doctors
Dr. Raj Miniyar, a Rome pediatrician, opened a new practice in nearby Trion a year ago. That office became the only pediatric practice in Trion, in the center of a rural county in northwest Georgia where 28 percent of children live in poverty. Miniyar says that when he sees... Read more
State House speaker ‘will be watching’ federal health care proposal
The Georgia House speaker said Wednesday that while he hasn’t had time to study the new Republican health care plan in Congress, he has initial concerns about it. David Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, told attendees at the Atlanta Press Club that he has some worry that Georgia,... Read more
Optometrist bill advances despite physicians’ concerns
The frequent “scope of practice’’ bills in the Georgia General Assembly typically cause commotion within the medical industry, pitting health care professional groups against one another. A recent example is legislation to let dental hygienists practice in nursing homes, school clinics and safety-net settings without a dentist being present.... Read more
Political uncertainty adds to challenges of rural hospitals
With repeal of the Affordable Care Act looming, the health care world is buffeted by an unusual level of uncertainty. Advocates of the repeal plan say it will be an improvement over the ACA, while defenders of the 2010 health law paint a dire picture of what could come... Read more

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