Panel backs broader powers for advanced nurses in rural areas
A Senate study committee Monday recommended the state allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) broader medical authority if they work in rural, underserved counties. Under current state law, nurse practitioners and other advanced nurses in Georgia can prescribe medications only under a collaborative agreement with a physician. The study... Read more
March of Dimes gives state another ‘D’ on preterm births
A new March of Dimes report card gives Georgia a “D’’ grade for its preterm birth rate, which rose last year to 11.2 percent from 10.8 percent. Ten other states and the District of Columbia also got a “D,’’ while four others and Puerto Rico received an “F” on... Read more
An alarming trend: Premature births go up in Georgia
Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose in 2016 after years of decrease, a disturbing trend that is mirrored by national data, state officials said Monday. Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. It’s also called premature birth. Babies who survive an... Read more
Rise in suicide rates haunts rural areas
While suicide rates have increased across the United States, the highest percentages are in rural counties, a new CDC report reveals. That differential may reflect not only economic factors, but also insufficient access to  mental health treatment in rural areas, experts say. Overall, suicide death rates for rural counties... Read more
A hospital crisis is killing rural communities. This state is ‘Ground Zero’
Special Report: Inside three Georgia counties that have struggled to keep their vulnerable hospitals ― and futures  ― alive This article was produced through a partnership between Georgia Health News and HuffPost. It was written by HuffPost reporter Lauren Weber and GHN editor and CEO Andy Miller. GLENWOOD ―... Read more

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