Dangerous dust: Silica exposure haunts former workers in an iconic Georgia industry
Ed Scarborough worked as a sandblaster in the granite industry for 20 years, until his health gave out. He says he knew that getting into such a line of work was risky, but in Elberton, “there really isn’t much else.” He was born and raised in Elberton, a historic... Read more
As lawmakers tackle CON process, one case may be fought in court
If, as expected, Georgia House leaders sit down this summer to study the state’s health care regulatory process, they may want to look at what’s happening – or not happening — in southwest Georgia. Lee County has sought to build a new $120 million hospital to compete with what... Read more
Georgia rates better on emergency preparedness, but still has room for improvement
Georgia’s preparedness for managing health emergencies is improving but still lags behind the national average, according to a newly released report. The state scored a 6.8 on a 10-point scale for preparedness, in an index that shows the ability to protect Americans’ health from incidents such as newly emerging... Read more
Home medical equipment firms say Blue Cross squeezing them
Piedmont Healthcare isn’t the only entity battling Georgia’s biggest health insurer over reimbursement rates. Companies that supply medical equipment to home care patients say they have seen double-digit percentage rate reductions from the insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. MRS Homecare, based in Albany, says it faces... Read more
South scores low in healthy communities, but Forsyth County makes top 100
A new ranking of the healthiest U.S. communities puts eight Georgia counties in the top 500, with the highest being Forsyth County, at No. 82. U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, released the list Monday, evaluating communities by factors including population health, education, economy, and... Read more

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