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
Sponsor of rural hospital donor law seeks to expand tax credit
The lawmaker who created Georgia’s new tax credit program for rural hospitals wants to boost the incentives for donors. State Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican, has introduced a House bill that would raise the tax credit from 70 percent to 90 percent for individuals and corporations who donate... Read more
Advisory firm on rural hospital donations says profits will go to charity
A consulting firm criticized over its contracting with rural hospitals on a new state program said Monday it will donate any net income from that work to charitable groups supporting rural health care. The firm, Portage Charity Advisors, created the Georgia HEART program to help struggling rural hospitals gain... Read more
State identifies rural hospitals in biggest need of donation help
A South Georgia hospital has been ranked as the most financially stressed among 49 rural hospitals eligible for a new state tax credit program. State officials, after reviewing facility financials, have ranked Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla as the neediest among eligible rural hospitals. The program, created during the... Read more

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